Minister Leitch announces project in Montreal to support women who are victims of or at risk of domestic violence
MONTREAL, Aug. 1st 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, announced a new project to support women in Montreal who are victims of, or are at risk of, domestic violence.
The Amal Center for Women is receiving $146,060 for a 24-month project to develop a formal network between social service organizations and religious institutions. The goal of the project is to provide access to high quality services for Muslim women in the greater Montréal area who are experiencing domestic violence, or who are at risk of violence. This includes the creation of a formal network of partners and referral protocols between service providers and mosques. As part of the project, a toolkit will be developed for religious leaders in the community to promote non-violence.
This project is being funded under the Call for Proposals entitled Working in Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls
- Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested over $162 million through Status of Women Canada in support of more than 780 community-based projects across Canada. This includes over $71 million for projects to prevent and end violence against women and girls.
"Our Government is committed to ending violence against women and girls in all its forms. That's why we continue funding projects like this one in Montreal, and across the country, that create community solutions which prevent violence, and improve services for victims."
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
"We are pleased that for Muslim women in the Montreal area, this project will improve the quality of services they receive when experiencing domestic violence, or are at risk of violence. It will also improve their access to these services. We welcome the Government of Canada as a partner on this project that will touch the lives of so many women and their families."
Asima Uddin, President
Amal Center for Women
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For further information: For media inquiries only: Andrew McGrath, Acting 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, Tel: 819-953-5646; For all other inquiries: Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, Tel: 819-420-6810