Her Excellency the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean[/color], C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.,]Can we ever forget that immigrant women who are living with violence and abuse, particularly those who do not speak English or French, those who may not yet have an official status or who are being sponsored, are especially vulnerable? The fear and shame they feel are amplified many times over by their language and cultural isolation. Many of these women feel “blind and deaf.” They feel as though others see them as inferior, as though they were invisible.
The solitude that closes in around them is the worst kind of prison. It drives women who are already so very fragile to silence and suffering. I know full well the effort it takes for them to keep from giving in to despair. These women are survivors. They have extraordinary courage and endurance. And today, I want to pay tribute to them.
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