VANCOUVER ISLAND, Jan. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal
Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Vancouver
Island North, today announced Government of Canada support for a
project that addresses the priority of ending violence against women
"Our Government recognizes that when all women can live safer and more secure lives, our entire society is
stronger as a result," said Minister Ambrose. "This project will help
ensure that women in rural areas who are vulnerable to violence and
abuse will have increased access to community resources."
The Vancouver Island North Women's Resource Society is receiving $203,647 from Status of Women Canada for its project entitled Walking With Our Sisters, to help end violence against women and girls in their communities.
"Since 1983, the Vancouver Island North Women's Resource Society has
provided critical support to women who have experienced gender-based
violence," said Mr. Duncan. "By empowering women with skills that can
help them cope, this project will have a lasting impact here."
"The Walking with our Sisters initiative will be a tremendous help to women in our community,
especially when they need to access social, legal, and medical
services," said Hilary Schweitzer-McEwen, Chairwoman of the Vancouver
Island North Women's Resource Society.
Since 2007, Status of Women Canada has approved more than $39 million in
projects designed to help end violence against women and girls across
the country. The government's support for community-based projects has
nearly doubled since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to
$19 million, its highest level ever.
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