In 2017, one in two women killed worldwide were killed at the hands of their partners or family. And as of today, one in three women will be victims of physical or sexual violence committed by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
In recognition of tomorrow's (November 25) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the National Film Board of Canada has brought together eleven films focusing on gender-based violence.
"This selection of films is designed to inform and educate viewers about gender-based violence," reads the info on the NFB website, "specifically the issues of relationship-based violence, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and the 'comfort women' forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII. These films explore the how and why, and look towards possible solutions."
Feature films selected include Baljit Sangra's Because We Are Girls and Karen Cho's Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada.
Short films include Dionne Brand and Ginny Stikeman's "Sisters in the Struggle" and Erika MacPherson and Katherena Vermette's "this river".
Most of the films selected in recognition of International Day for the Elmination of Violence Against Women can be viewed for free on the National Film Board of Canada website.