The founder of a campaign aimed at getting answers from candidates on their commitment to addressing workplace assault and harassment says they have yet to receive a response from leaders of any major parties.

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“I’m still waiting to hear their response, which might not be surprising, but it’s disappointing because I’ve been hearing the voices of women and survivors across the country for some time now that we need to make a meaningful change. ,” ZeroNow campaign founder Kathleen Finlay told Granthshala News Channel in an interview on Saturday.

Launched in 2005, the ZeroNow campaign is a survivor-based advocacy group that aims to support women who have faced harassment or assault in the workplace.

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Campaign 10 questions sent to federal leaders Asking him for his position on a range of issues, including the possibility of creating a new federal commissioner post to investigate allegations of misconduct and the prohibition of non-disclosure agreements.

As of Saturday afternoon, Finlay said the campaign had not received a response from any party leader.

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“Women know the difference between statements that uphold the status quo and those designed to drive meaningful change,” Finlay said. “And sadly, we get nothing more than empty statements from our leaders on these issues.”

Sexual misconduct has come to the fore during the federal election campaign as Western University in London, Ont., is embroiled in an investigation. 30 drug-related sexual assault allegations At the Medway-Sydenham Hall residence on campus during orientation week.

“This same thing happens over and over again,” Finlay told Granthshala News Channel. “The issue with the Western is frightening and perhaps too shocking to some, but it is one of the latest in a long chain of events at colleges and universities in Canada and the United States, and sadly, it A horrific example of institutional betrayal where the institution has failed to resist young students – men and women – who should be protected from such incidents.”

Finlay also pointed to the misconduct allegations leveled against political candidates as another example of a lack of federal leaders when it comes to addressing sexual harassment and assault.

Earlier on Saturday the Liberal Party break up with kevin woong, a candidate for the Spadina-Fort York ride in Toronto, when it was revealed on Friday that Vuong had previously faced a sexual assault charge that was later dropped. Woong denied the allegations against him in a statement on Friday.

“These things come up, they make headlines for a while, and then everyone goes back to their merry way and there’s nothing meaningful to address them,” Finlay said. “And that’s why they happen again and again.”

Finlay said ZeroNow is advocating for the creation of a commissioner’s post to investigate allegations of misconduct in the federal workforce, and to end the use of non-disclosure agreements, which she said are gag survivors who want to tell their story. Huh.

NS ZeroNow Campaign Website Will share the results of a 10-question survey sent to federal leaders if it receives a response ahead of the federal election on Sept. 20.