DARTMOUTH, NS, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C.,
Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister
of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government
of Canada support for a project that will address violence against
young women in Darmouth.
"Helping women live violence-free lives is a priority for our
Government," said Minister MacKay. "We strongly support and commend the
work of organizations like the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, which will
assist women across our country in feeling safe, secure and empowered."
"Our Government is committed to protecting women and girls from
violence," said Minister Leitch. "That is why we are holding offenders
accountable for their actions, and supporting community-based projects
across Canada that address violence against women."
The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is receiving $200,000 in Government of Canada funding for a 24-month project that will
address violence against women and girls in Dartmouth North. Young
women and local stakeholders will work together to identify the issues
leading to violence against women, and identify strategies to be
adapted and piloted in their community.
"Community members and organizations in Dartmouth North approached us
because they see an opportunity to work together to change the
situation for women and girls in the community for the better," said
Ms. Jackie Stevens, Coordinator of Community/Legal Education and
Training, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. "Government of Canada support
for our project will help to reduce the rates of violence that women
and girls experience, by engaging the community as a whole."
The Harper Government is supporting this project through Status of Women
Canada's call for proposals, Working Together: Engaging Communities to End Violence against Women and
Girls. Through Status of Women Canada, federal support for community-based
projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting more than 600
projects across Canada. Since that time, over $62 million dollars in
funding has been approved specifically for projects to end violence
against women and girls.
From November 25, 2013 until December 10, 2013, the Government of Canada
is marking 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. This includes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, and International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2013.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
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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, contact:
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and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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