EDMONTON, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today announced projects across Canada that engage young people in
addressing violence against women on university and college campuses.
Parliamentarians throughout Canada joined the Minister in announcing
"Our Government is taking action to address violence against women on
university and college campuses across Canada." said Minister Ambrose.
"We are proud 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 address 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.
Minister Ambrose made the national announcement at Grant MacEwan
University, where she highlighted two regional projects.
The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) received funding for its project involving Grant MacEwan University,
which will focus on raising awareness and training for students.
The University of Alberta Students' Union received funding for its project to develop and implement a targeted,
cohesive campus community plan to address gender-based violence on
campus, based on a needs assessment and community audit.
"The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is pleased to work with
MacEwan University to address gender-based violence on campus, creating
University Students Offering Leadership for Violence Elimination
(U-SOLVE)," said Ms. Karen Smith, Executive Director, Sexual Assault
Centre of Edmonton. "U-SOLVE will empower students to identify
priorities and strategies, and develop and implement a campus community
plan, promoting a safer campus."
"MacEwan University is pleased to partner with the Sexual Assault Centre
of Edmonton (SACE) in creating of U-SOLVE (University Students Offering
Leadership for Violence Elimination)," said Ms. Cathryn Heslop,
Vice-President, Student Services, MacEwan University. "U-SOLVE is a
campus-based initiative, engaging and empowering students to address
"Through this project, we will improve on our existing work to increase
education and awareness on how gender-based violence affects students
at the University of Alberta, and how we can prevent it," said
Mr. Colten Yamagishi, President, University of Alberta Students' Union.
"The Students' Union is doing its part to create a safer and more
welcoming campus. We hope to develop related projects, including policy
changes, educational workshops on violence prevention and educational
"As part of a university committed to student safety and successful
learning, the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre is pleased to
work with the Student Union on their Gender-Based Violence Prevention
Project," said Ms. Leanne Wruck, Team Leader, University of Alberta
Sexual Assault Centre. "Gender-based violence and sexual assault are a
pervasive problems and public health issues. By challenging attitudes
and behaviours that perpetuate gender-based violence, we will create a
safer environment for all."
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.
The Government of Canada is acting on its commitment to end violence
against women and girls in communities across Canada. Our Safe Streets
and Communities Act is better protecting children and youth from sexual
predators. We have also eliminated the option of house arrest for those
who have committed serious crimes, including sexual assault, and we no
longer consider pardons for such offences. In addition, we have
introduced tougher sentences for child sexual predators, toughened
penalties for the trafficking, production and importation of date rape
drugs through the Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act,
and brought forward the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial
Interests or Rights Act, to ensure the well-being of women living on
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; and,
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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