Sunday, February 10, 2013

Reggie Littlejohn in Ottawa

Feb 7, 2013

Ottawa, ON – Today, Member of Parliament Mark Warawa invited Reggie Littlejohn, a leading expert on gendercide and China’s One Child Policy, to call on Canadian leaders to condemn discrimination against women and girls occurring through gendercide.

Reggie Littlejohn was in Ottawa today meeting with Members of Parliament and Senators. She urged Canadian Parliamentarians to stop the violence against women and girls worldwide. “It does not matter whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, no one can accept the atrocities that are inflicted upon women and girls. Stop the violence. Stop gendercide,” said Littlejohn.

“Canada is part of a global crisis,” says Warawa. “According to the United Nations, 200 million women and girls worldwide are missing due to gendercide. In June 2012, a CBC investigation revealed that sex-selection is happening in Canada. We as Parliamentarians cannot ignore this reality. 92% of Canadians oppose this practice. All national parties have condemned it. Now is the time for the Canadian Parliament to condemn this form of discrimination against women and girls,” said Warawa.

Reggie Littlejohn has testified numerous times at the United States Congress, the United Nations, the European Parliament and the British and Irish Parliaments. She has briefed officials at the White House, and is a frequent guest on radio and TV programs, including CNN, C-SPAN, and the BBC. A human rights activist, last year Reggie Littlejohn successfully led the international effort to free blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng who fled house arrest in China.

Mark Warawa currently has a motion in the House of Commons asking Parliament to condemn discrimination against females occurring through sex selection. Warawa hopes to receive unanimous consent in Parliament to send a message around the world that Canada condemns discrimination against women and girls.

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