Projects will support women and girls in Toronto and in communities
TORONTO, July 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced
more than $630,000 in Government of Canada funding for three new
projects to prevent cyberviolence against women and girls. The
announcement took place at the national office of the YWCA Canada in
Three Toronto-based organizations will receive funding under Status of
Women Canada's Call for Proposals entitled Cyber and Sexual Violence: Helping Communities Respond. Projects will prevent and eliminate cyberviolence against women,
including cyberbullying, Internet luring and cyberstalking. Two of the
projects will take place in Toronto, while the project by YWCA Canada
will reach out to Atlantic and Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and to
both francophone and Northern Aboriginal communities.
The Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, which would make it a criminal offence to distribute intimate images
without the consent of the person depicted.
In January 2014, the Government of Canada launched a national
anti-cyberbullying public awareness campaign called Stop Hating Online, which raises awareness among Canadians of the impact of cyberbullying,
and when this behaviour amounts to criminal activity.
Status of Women Canada is providing funding to the following
YWCA Canada ($286,130)
St. Stephen's Community House ($174,683)
Victim Services Program of Toronto ($172,820)
Since 2007, through Status of Women Canada, the Government of Canada has
invested more than $69 million in projects to end violence against
women and girls. Of this amount, more than $2.5 million has been
provided for projects that address cyberviolence.
Through Status of Women Canada, the government's support for
community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting
over 720 projects in total.
"Ending all forms of violence against women and girls is a priority for
the Government of Canada. We are taking action by working with skilled,
local organizations across the country on projects that will prevent
cyberviolence and make Canada's online communities safer for everyone."
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
"We are proud to partner with the Government of Canada on this project
to prevent cyberviolence. By working with our member associations to
engage youth, diverse communities will benefit from the knowledge and
best practices of experienced service providers. The result will be
safer online experiences for young women and girls across Canada."
Paulette Senior, CEO
"Our aim with this project is to make this city safer for girls and
young women who use social media. We are looking forward to working
with our partners to identify cyberviolence in the community, and find
ways to prevent it."
Bridget Sinclair, Manager of Youth Services
St. Stephen's Community House
"Violence that takes place online is often closely linked to sexual
violence against women. This support from the Government of Canada will
help prevent the victimization of young women and girls by
strengthening our understanding of - and response to - this form of
Bonnie Levine, Executive Director
Victim Services Program of Toronto
As part of the recent Call for Proposals, Cyber and Sexual Violence: Helping Communities Respond, the Government of Canada has supported the following projects:
The YWCA Canada will receive $286,130 for its 30-month project to engage communities in preventing
cyberviolence against young women and girls across Canada. The YWCA
will work in partnership with its member associations to engage youth
in identifying and understanding cyberviolence. It will also build
collaboration among key stakeholders, including policy makers, justice
and legal professionals, experts in violence against women and private
sector digital market players, allowing them to implement strategies to
prevent cyberviolence. The YWCA will establish knowledge-exchange hubs
with partners and stakeholders to support the sharing of best practices
with Atlantic and Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and with francophone
and Northern Aboriginal communities.
St. Stephen's House
St. Stephen's House will receive $174,683 for its two-year project to engage girls and young women in Toronto in
identifying and addressing cyberviolence. The organization will work
with local school boards, as well as community and women's
organizations on the project, which will include a needs assessment
that examines the recruitment of girls and young women into the sex
trade through social media. The findings of the needs assessment will
be used in the development of a strategy to address cyberviolence in
Victim Services Toronto
Victim Services Toronto will receive $172,820 for its two-year project to bring together young women and girls,
school boards, law enforcement, digital companies, and other
stakeholders to prevent and eliminate cyberviolence in Toronto.
Participants will work together to improve the response to
cyberviolence, by strengthening data collection, knowledge-sharing and
coordination, focusing in particular on cyberviolence as it relates to
sexual violence against young women and girls.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
For all other inquiries:
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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