EDMONTON, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today saluted the Indo-Canadian Women's Association's work to address
violence committed in the name of "honour" during their two-day
conference, "In the Name of Honour: Cultural Practices that Hurt Women."
"Our government is committed to protecting women, girls and other
vulnerable persons from all forms of violence, and to holding offenders
accountable for their acts," said Minister Ambrose. "I commend the
Indo-Canadian Women's Association for addressing this abuse of power
and severe violation of victims' human rights."
"With support from the Government of Canada, we are significantly
improving the outlook for young immigrant girls and women in Edmonton,"
said Ms. Miriam Thomas, President of the Indo-Canadian Women's
Association. "We are building momentum for lasting change."
The Indo-Canadian Women's Association is hosting a two-day conference
from June 5 to June 6, "In the Name of Honour: Cultural Practices that Hurt Women," to raise awareness of violence committed in the name of "honour" and to
engage community stakeholders in developing a coordinated and
sustainable response to it. The conference is intended for
practitioners, academics and students in the fields of justice and law
enforcement, social and immigrant settlement services, health care,
education, faith organizations, victims' rights advocates and policy
and research professionals.
In January 2011, the Indo-Canadian Women's Association received $241,000 in Government of Canada funding for its project Elimination of Harmful Cultural Practices: A Community-Centred Approach
for Education and Action. This groundbreaking 24-month project is empowering immigrant girls and
young women in Edmonton and engaging community organizations, the legal
community and law-enforcement agencies in better responding to violence
committed in the name of "honour." In addition to several
consultations, 10 focus groups have been held with representatives from
a variety of local communities and community organizations. Such
gatherings have provided a forum for stakeholders to share perspectives
on violence committed in the name of "honour" and also to compile
recommendations to address both its incidence and the attitudes behind
this type of violence.
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Status of Women Canada
Ce texte est également disponible en français.
For news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to women.gc.ca.