VANCOUVER, BC, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for
Status of Women, today announced support for a project with MOSAIC and
Langara College that will address the issues of violence against women,
and safety concerns for women attending college and university campuses
in the Vancouver area.
"Our government is pleased to support this project, which will play a
pivotal role in preventing violence against women, particularly
culturally motivated violence on college and university campuses in
Vancouver," said Minister Ambrose. "We are pleased to partner with
MOSAIC and Langara College to work toward keeping our campuses safe
from all forms of violence."
MOSAIC - Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant
Communities - is receiving $200,000 in Government of Canada funding for its 28-month project to tackle
violence against female students, particularly newcomers to Canada, in
collaboration with Langara College. The project will focus on female
students from various diverse communities. The focus of the project
will be to enhance campus policies, programs and resources for the
safety of female students. Partners will develop a violence prevention
strategy and campus community safety plans. Particular emphasis will be
placed on education, prevention strategies on and off campus, and
raising awareness among youth and new immigrants.
Since 1976, the multilingual non-profit organization has helped to
integrate newcomers to life in Canada. Its major activities include
settlement services and programming, crime reduction and prevention
programs, public education and community development.
"We are delighted to have the Government of Canada's support for this
project, which we believe will bring much-needed attention to the
all-too-common reality of gender-based violence on university and
college campuses," said Ms. Ninu Kang, Director of Family Programs,
"We look forward to working with MOSAIC on this ground-breaking project,
as it is an opportunity for us to educate, empower and support female
students who may be experiencing violence in their personal lives, "
said Dr. David Ross. "Through our community forums, Langara has long
supported initiatives that bring attention to issues surrounding
violence in our communities."
"Since 2006, Langara College has hosted powerful forums on violence
against women aimed to empower women, and to challenge the idea that
women cannot take an active role in eliminating violence," said
Indira Prahst, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at
Langara College. "The collaboration with MOSAIC is an example of how
the community and academe can be bridged to resist violence against
women in solidarity and provide a solid knowledge base that includes
the input of students."
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 $49 million in federal
funding has been approved for projects that seek to address violence
against women and girls.
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
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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