BRANTFORD, ON, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament (Brant) today
announced Government of Canada support for a new project to improve the
safety of women and girls in Brantford and the County of Brant.
"The Harper Government is committed to eliminating violence against
women and girls," said Minister Ambrose. "Our government has been
working with communities to improve the safety and security of women -
funding hundreds of projects across Canada to end violence against
women and girls."
"I am thrilled to announce on International Women's Day that our
Government is backing this ground-breaking project to support Nova Vita
and address violence against women and girls in our community," said
McColeman. Nova Vita has been improving our community for years through
its work to combat domestic abuse and this funding will help strengthen
those efforts significantly."
Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services is receiving $180,720 in support of a 24-month project to engage men and boys in ending
violence against women and girls. The target population for the project
is boys and girls in area schools, and young men and women attending
some of the area's post-secondary institutions. Participants will act
as leaders in the creation of an effective model to engage those
affected by violence.
"Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services is committed to doing
all it can to help end violence against women and girls" said Joy
Freeman, Executive Director of the organization. "We are pleased to
partner with Status of Women Canada on this project to improve
mechanisms for reducing and preventing violence in our community."
This project is being supported under Status of Women Canada's recent
Call for Proposals Working Together: Engaging communities to end violence against women and
girls. It aligns with the specific theme of engaging men and boys in ending
violence against women and girls.
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, close to $57 million dollars in
funding has been approved for projects to end violence against women
Canada's 2013 theme for International Women's Week (IWW) and
International Women's Day (IWD) is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women. International Women's Week takes place this year from March 3 to 9, with
International Women's Day on March 8.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Status of Women Canada
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