Harper Government announces support for women's safety in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament (Winnipeg South Centre) today announced Government of Canada support for a new project to improve the safety of women and girls in the West Broadway area of downtown Winnipeg.

"Our Government is taking action to protect the most vulnerable women in Canadian society," said Minister Ambrose. "Violence against women is an issue for all Canadians to address - women and men, girls and boys alike. We must all be part of the solution."

"As part of our Government's commitment in working with communities to improve the safety and security of women, I am pleased to announce that we are supporting this new project to address violence against women and girls in the West Broadway area," said MP Joyce Bateman. "Through this project, participants will develop strategies to engage and educate their community to address this important issue."

Broadway Neighbourhood Centre Inc. is receiving $198,960 in support for a 24-month project to engage men and boys, aged 15-25, in ending violence against women and girls. The organization will adapt an existing engagement model used by Men's Resources International, which encourages community-based leadership and collaboration between men's and women's networks.

"In existence for over 30 years, the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre Inc. remains committed to responding to the needs of our community with specialized, flexible and innovative solutions," said Mr. Lawrence Mulhall, Executive Director of the organization. "We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this project to foster awareness and mobilize our community on the issue of violence against women; making our neighbourhood a safer place for everyone."

This project is being supported under Status of Women Canada's recent Call for Proposals Working Together: Engaging communities to end violence against women and girls. It aligns with the specific theme of engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls.

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, 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. Since 2007, close to $59 million dollars in funding has been approved for projects to end violence against women and girls.

Canada recently celebrated its theme for International Women's Week (IWW) and International Women's Day (IWD) 2013: Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women. International Women's Week took place from March 3 to 9, with International Women's Day on March 8.

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SOURCE: Status of Women Canada

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