HAMILTON, ON, June 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for
Status of Women, and David Sweet, Member of Parliament for
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, today congratulated the
participants in Hamilton's 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: the International Men's March to Stop Rape,
Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.
"I applaud the men and boys participating in this important community
event. They recognize that responsibility for violence against women
and girls rests with all of us and that only by working together will
we solve this enduring problem," said Minister Ambrose.
"Congratulations to today's participants!" said Mr. Sweet. "Hamiltonians
from all walks of life, from hockey players to firefighters, are
forming a united front to end violence against women and girls in our
The event, which raises funds for YWCA Hamilton's Transitional Living
Program, calls on men and boys to promote awareness and demonstrate
their support for ending violence against women and girls by walking
for one mile in a pair of women's high-heeled shoes.
"YWCA Hamilton is an important organization that provides safe and
secure housing and support for women through its Transitional Living
Program," said Ms. Denise Doyle, Chief Executive Officer. "Walk a Mile
in Her Shoes is an annual event that raises awareness of poverty and
the effects of violence on women's lives. I congratulate my fellow
walkers, who have demonstrated their commitment and support to end
violence within their community."
The Government of Canada is committed to ending all forms of violence
against women and girls. Since 2007, more than $49 million in federal
funding has been approved for projects that seek to address this
serious issue. By working at the community level, we are improving the
lives of women and girls across Canada.
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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