Equal Voice is deeply saddened and outraged by the rise of anti-Asian discrimination, hate, and violence in Canada and around the world. We are devastated by the killing of eight people, including six Asian women, in Georgia earlier this month. We cannot ignore anti-Asian racism, and that Asian communities in Canada are experiencing harassment, threats, and are in fear for their safety.
We believe that tackling anti-Asian racism starts with each one of us, and speaking up against systemic racism is critical if we want to succeed in our mission of electing more women to all levels of political office.
We recognize Equal Voice has a role to play in raising awareness about systemic racism within our political institutions that have impacted Black, Indigenous and Women of Colours’ participation in politics. We commit to amplify BIPOC voices and work with political parties, elected officials, candidates, community organizations, and other groups to combat these injustices.
Combating systemic racism is critical not just today, but every day, and we look forward to working with Equal Voice members and our partners to combat all forms of systemic racism.
The Honourable Eleni Bakopanos, PC, Chair of the Equal Voice Board of Directors