OTTAWA, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
is marking International Women's Week (IWW) by highlighting Harper
Government action to eliminate violence against women and girls
committed in the name of so-called "honour."
"Our government is committed to protecting women and girls and other
vulnerable persons from all forms of violence and to holding offenders
accountable for their acts. We have been very clear: so-called "honour"
killings are barbaric, and like all family homicides, represent a
serious violation of Canadian laws," said Minister Ambrose. "As
Minister for Status of Women, I am proud that our government continues
to take strong action to ensure the equality, safety and security of
women and girls in communities across Canada. We are committed to
ending violence against women and girls in all its forms, including
violence committed in the name of so-called "honour.""
The Harper Government has made its position clear on the topic of
violence committed in the name of so-called "honour" by condemning the
practice in the new Citizenship Guide, and being the first to provide
funding specifically for immigrant women's organizations across the
country to address this highly complex issue. This funding is
supporting projects like the Indo Canadian Women's Association's
project Elimination of Harmful Cultural Practices: A Community-Centred Approach
for Education and Action and the Shield of Athena Family Services project Contributing to the Prevention of Honour Crimes and Violence against
Women and Girls: Developing a Community Screening, Information and
Last fall, the Harper Government issued a call for proposals seeking
projects that work to end violence against women and girls committed in
the name of so-called "honour." The supported projects will build
partnerships between community agencies and stakeholders in order to
better identify and respond to the specific needs of women and girls
from diverse ethno-cultural communities. The participating
organizations will develop and implement a collaborative multi-agency
strategy, with the goal of preventing violence and improving the safety
and security of women who are at risk of, or have experienced, violence
in the name of so-called "honour."
The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls in Canada, while strengthening
families and communities. Since 2006, Status of Women Canada has
approved close to $57 million in funding for such projects. The Harper
Government also recently launched the End Violence Against Women and
girls resource website at women.gc.ca/violence.
The Harper Government recently endorsed the COMMIT initiative put
forward by UN Women asking governments everywhere to be part of global
efforts aimed at ending violence against women and girls. Canada
continues to implement a wide range of initiatives to reduce and
prevent violence against women and girls, and urges other nations to do
IWW takes place this year from March 3 to 9, with its highlight,
International Women's Day on March 8. For further information, please
visit the Status of Women Canada web site at http://www.iwd.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
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