SCARBOROUGH, ON, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament for
Pickering—Scarborough East, today announced funding to Scarborough
Women's Centre to engage young people in addressing violence against
women on university and college campuses. Parliamentarians throughout
Canada joined Minister Ambrose in announcing their projects locally.
"Our Government is taking action to address violence against women on
university and college campuses across Canada," said Minister Ambrose.
"We are pleased to support projects that will help make university and
college communities safer for everyone."
The Government of Canada is providing 21 organizations with close to $4 million to carry out projects that tackle a wide range of issues related to
violence against female students, such as sexual assault and
harassment. Organizations will work with college and university campus
communities to carry out their projects.
"We are proud to supports projects like this, which will ensure the
safety of women and girls in our university communities," said MP
Corneliu Chisu. "By working together, and empowering young people from
our community, we will make it a safe place to live and learn."
The Scarborough Women's Centre is receiving $200,000 in funding for a project that involves working with students and other
partners at University of Toronto Scarborough to identify and address
barriers and risks to women's safety.
"We are grateful to Status of Women Canada for its generous support of
this important project," said Ms. Lynda Kosowan, Executive Director,
Scarborough Women's Centre. "We are excited to be part of this strong
partnership with students and other partners at University of Toronto
Scarborough and to engage young women and men in working to ensure that
women on campus are free to raise issues, and are free of violence in
their lives so they can excel in their studies and build a strong
"Campus safety is not just about what happens on campus," said Mr. Guled
Arale, University of Toronto Scarborough student and Vice-President
External, Scarborough Campus Student Union. "There are real world
issues that don't stop when a student comes onto campus. We hope
students can take the lessons they learn here and apply them to life
beyond the campus."
"We want to engage our diverse student body in understanding and
addressing the many issues related to violence, including race, class,
sexuality, disability and more," said Professor Connie Guberman,
Program Director, Women's and Gender Studies, University of Toronto,
Scarborough. "A dynamic committee of partners will run our project, led
by our community partner, the Scarborough Women's Centre - all will
contribute to its success."
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, more than $54 million in federal
funding has been approved for projects that seek to address violence
against women and girls.
Organizations receiving funding under the call for proposals - Engaging Young People to Prevent Violence against Women on
Corner Brook Status of Women Council (CBSWC), Corner Brook, NL;
Mount Allison Students' Union, Sackville, NB;
Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, Inc. (FSACC), Fredericton NB;
Collectivité ingénieuse de la Péninsule acadienne Inc., Paquetville, NB;
Antigonish Women's Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services
Association, Antigonish, NS;
Association chrétienne des jeunes femmes de Montréal (Y des
femmes/YWCA Montréal), Montréal, QC;
La Pointe du jour CALACS Sept-Îles, Sept-Îles, QC;
Interim Place, Mississauga, ON;
Ottawa Coalition to End Violence against Women, Ottawa, ON;
Scarborough Women's Centre, Scarborough, ON;
Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA), McMaster University,
Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Toronto, ON;
Yellow Brick House, Richmond Hill, ON;
Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, Kitchener, ON;
Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta, Edmonton, AB;
Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB;
University of Alberta, Student's Union, Edmonton, AB;
YWCA Lethbridge and District, Lethbridge, AB;
Alberni Community and Women's Services Society, Port Alberni, BC;
MOSAIC (Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant
Communities), Vancouver, BC;
Royal Roads University Student Association, Victoria, BC.
These organizations will work with college and/or university campuses in
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
Director General, Communications and
Status of Women Canada
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