MINISTER AMBROSE ATTENDS WORLD PREMIERE OF ATLANTIC BALLET THEATRE OF CANADA'S GHOSTS OF VIOLENCE

OTTAWA, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, attended the World Première of Ghosts of Violence, presented by the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada at the National Arts Centre.

"This Atlantic Ballet performance is truly unique and groundbreaking, as it explores the important issue of violence against women," said Minister Ambrose. "I am proud that our government is supporting such a creative project that is helping to raise awareness about violence against women in Canada."

A unique pan-Canadian partnership involving the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation, the Government of New Brunswick and the Government of Canada provided support to the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada to develop, produce and present Ghosts of Violence. The ballet presentation is part of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada's 30-month project called Reducing Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence through Art, Innovation and Community Collaboration, which will work with young people across Canada to develop strategies toward eliminating violence against women.

"Ghosts of Violence is an innovative collaboration of art and community - a project that seeks to play a role in ending violence against women," said Ms. Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. "We are delighted to present this inaugural performance at the National Arts Centre. Through its powerful and passionate exploration of domestic abuse, Ghosts of Violence will increase awareness about the critical issue of domestic and intimate partner violence against women, here and in communities across Canada."

For more information on Status of Women Canada and funding available under the Women's Program, please visit www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.

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SOURCE Status of Women Canada

For further information:

Rebecca Thompson
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
     Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
819 997-5421
        Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and
     Strategic Planning
Status of Women Canada
613 995-7839


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