The Government of Canada calls for an end to violence against women



    OTTAWA, Nov. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of
Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, in recognition of
the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on
November 25, called for an end to violence against women.
    "This international day is an opportunity for Canada to reflect on the
countless women and girls worldwide for whom violence and the threat of
violence are a daily reality," said Minister Verner. "Violence against women
affects us all. It destroys families and communities and weakens the very
fabric of our society. This violence knows no bounds - social, economic,
racial or geographic. Too often we see it in our communities and even in our
own families."
    November 25 commemorates the 1960 murders of the Mirabel sisters in the
Dominican Republic. Worldwide it also marks the beginning of 16 Days of
Activism against Gender Violence, including Canada's National Day of
Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6.
    The Government of Canada believes violence against women is a critical
issue facing Canadians. It recently introduced the Tackling Violent Crime Act,
which will better protect women from dangerous offenders and youth from sexual
predators. This bill will also toughen sentencing and bail requirements for
those who commit serious gun crimes. In the last session of Parliament, the
government put an end to the use of conditional sentences (including house
arrest) for serious offences such as violent or sexual crimes. It has endorsed
the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Iqaluit Declaration, which demands action
on domestic and sexual violence against Aboriginal women. It is also
co-sponsoring the National Aboriginal Women's Summits, which focus on violence
and other quality-of-life issues.
    Through the newly established Women's Community Fund of Status of Women
Canada, the Government of Canada supports projects aimed at combating violence
against women and girls. These projects include an initiative in Winnipeg to
combat violence against women with intellectual disabilities, a Vancouver
project to assist senior women escaping abuse, a project in Quebec to prevent
violence against women in Aboriginal communities, a residential treatment
program for sexual abuse survivors in Ontario, and a violence prevention
project for girls and young women led by Aboriginal grandmothers in Regina.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural life of
Canada.
    For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit 
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/.

    Ce texte est également disponible en français.




For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
(819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director, Communications, Status of Women
Canada, (613) 995-7839; This release is also available on the Status of Women
Canada website: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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