MONTREAL, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister
of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec,
on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour
and Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada
support for two new projects that will address violence committed in
the name of so-called 'honour' against women and girls in major Quebec
"When women and girls are victims of violence, it hurts everyone," said
Minister Lebel. "These projects, which reach across communities to help
women and girls of all ages, will change and save lives."
"Our Government is committed to protecting women and girls from
violence, and holding offenders accountable for their actions," said
Minister Leitch. "That is why we are supporting community-based
projects across Canada that address gender-based violence."
La Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes
réfugiées et immigrantes is receiving $200,000 from the Government of
Canada for a project to address violence in the name of so-called
'honour' in Montréal, Quebec City, Gatineau, Sherbrooke, and Laval. The
project will build partnerships between women, community agencies and
stakeholders so they can better identify and respond to the specific
needs of at-risk women and girls.
"Our network of organizations is committed to addressing issues that are
important to immigrant and refugee women," said Ms. Yasmina Chouakri,
Coordinator of Women's Programs, Table de concertation des organismes
au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes. "Through this
important project, we can make a real difference for those at risk of
experiencing violence in the name of so-called 'honour.'"
Another Quebec organization, the Centre social d'aide aux immigrants
(CSAI), is receiving $149,912 in Government of Canada funding for a
project that will also address violence committed in the name of
so-called "honour." The project will focus on five boroughs in
Montreal, including those with the largest proportion of newcomers. The
project will develop and implement a local strategy focused on
prevention and action. Recommendations and protocols will be
established to ensure that at-risk women and girls have access to
"Immigrant women and girls from various ethnic communities face many
challenges in adapting to life in Canada. Integrating into a society
with different values, cultures and traditions can create conflict,
both for the individual and within the family - realities that can lead
to these women and girls experiencing violence committed in the name of
so-called 'honour' - an issue of particular concern to our
organization," said Ms. Louise Viens, Project Coordinator, Centre
social d'aide aux immigrants.
The Harper Government is supporting these projects through Status of
Women Canada's call for proposals, Working Together: Engaging
Communities to End Violence against Women and Girls. Through Status of
Women Canada, federal support for community-based projects has nearly
doubled since 2006-2007, supporting more than 600 projects across
Canada. Since that time, over $62 million dollars in funding has been
approved for projects to end violence against women and girls.
From November 25, 2013 until December 10, 2013, the Government of Canada
is marking 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. This includes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
Against Women on November 25, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, and International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2013.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
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Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C.,
O. Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of
Status of Women
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Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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