MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, and Wladyslaw Lizon, Member of Parliament for Mississauga East—Cooksville, announced Government of Canada support to help prevent and eliminate cyberviolence against women and girls in Mississauga and the Region of Peel.
Safe City Mississauga is receiving funding to work with girls and community partners to help determine the local prevalence of cyberviolence and develop and implement strategies to prevent and eliminate it. Girls will also form a cross-community peer network and act as project "ambassadors" to ensure community service providers, agencies, and diverse communities in Mississauga are linked to the project.
This project was selected through the Government of Canada's call for proposals entitled Cyber and Sexual Violence: Helping Communities Respond.
- Status of Women Canada is providing $166,950 to Safe City Mississauga for this 24-month project.
- The Government of Canada has provided over $146 million in funding through Status of Women Canada since 2007, supporting over 720 projects across Canada. This includes more than $70 million for projects to prevent violence against women and girls.
"Our Government is continuing to take concrete actions to protect women and girls from all forms of violence. We are proud to partner on community-based projects like this right across Canada to prevent and eliminate cyberviolence against women and girls."
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
"I am pleased that the Government of Canada is partnering with Safe City Mississauga to address cyberviolence against women and girls in Mississauga and the Region of Peel. This project is another example of our Government's concrete actions to end all forms of violence against women and girls across Canada."
Member of Parliament, Mississauga East-Cooksville
"Safe City Mississauga is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this important project that will help prevent cyberviolence against women and girls and improve community responses to it. This project fills a real need in Mississauga and the Region of Peel."
àExecutive Director, Safe City Mississauga
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SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information: For media inquiries only: Andrew McGrath, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org; For all other inquiries: Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, Tel: 819-420-6810