The head of Women Against Violence Against Women wants to know if a $40,000 video funded by the provincial government on violence against women in the workplace is a joke.
The B.C. jobs ministry has announced a video, funded in part by the province and energy company Encana, that will be shown to workers involved in resource extraction to prevent violence against women.
Executive director Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer says she is dumbfounded that with 13 women attacked by their partners so far this year – 11 of them killed – the government has said and done so little, and yet now announced this video.
“The message has been a deafening silence. We don’t know that leaders have our backs and that is disheartening.”
Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer says the province needs to start making the same investment in violence prevention as they are in resource extraction.