Several Saskatchewan NDP members took part in this year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign to show support for the too many victims and survivors of domestic violence in Saskatchewan, and to continue the push for more action to help those who have been affected.
“While I was proud to join with some of the male members of our caucus and step into ‘her shoes,’ it was very much a solemn reminder of how far behind the province is in providing the proper supports for the many women who have fallen victim to domestic violence,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “When Saskatchewan has the dubious distinction of having some of the worst rates of domestic violence, we all know we have to do more than walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.”
The Saskatchewan NDP has pushed for and helped implement 10 days of unpaid leave from work for survivors of domestic violence, and change regulations to allow for survivors to get out of rental agreements without penalty.
For the fourth time, Justice Critic Nicole Sarauer has introduced a bill that would ensure that survivors of domestic violence have the right to five days of paid leave, up 17 weeks of unpaid leave if needed, and also ensure that survivors living with PTSD are supported.
“Showing support for an issue and having some fun while doing so is important, but make no mistake, when we have so many women in desperate situations, we can’t afford to stand idly by,” Sarauer said.