Brampton Declares Gender and Intimate Partner Violence an Epidemic
In a unanimous decision at Brampton’s Committee of Council meeting today (June 21), the city has voted to declare gender-based violence and intimate partner violence an epidemic. The motion, put forth by Brampton Councillors Navjit Kaur Brar and Rowena Santos, aligns Brampton with 24 other municipalities and regions in Ontario that have already taken this important step.
Brar emphasized that femicide often stems from gender-based violence and abuse, highlighting the need for a system that takes claims of abuse, harassment, and stalking more seriously. The recent tragic deaths of women in Brampton and Mississauga compelled the city to take action.
One such incident involved Davinder Kaur, who lost her life on May 19 in Brampton’s Sparrow Park, reportedly stabbed multiple times by Nav Nishan Singh, identified as her estranged husband. Rebecca Pacheco, the Public Education and Community Collaboration coordinator for Peel Committee Against Women Abuse (PCAWA), emphasized the urgency of the issue, stating that femicide and gender-based violence are occurring within Brampton and the broader community.