WHITEHORSE, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, Mr. Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon,
today announced support for a new project that will engage men and boys
in ending violence against women and girls.
"The Government of Canada is committed to ending violence against women
and girls in communities across Canada," said Minister Ambrose. "I am
pleased that we are supporting this new project to ensure the safety
and security of girls and women in Whitehorse and throughout Yukon."
Les Essentielles is receiving $182,354 in funding for a 24-month bilingual project that will engage men and boys in Yukon in innovative responses to
gender-based violence in their communities. In collaboration with key
stakeholders such as Aboriginal friendship centres, the RCMP and
youth-serving agencies, Les Essentielles will explore the issues
underlying violence against women and girls; work with men and boys to
strengthen their capacity to take on positive leadership roles; and
pilot initiatives to educate and engage community members in ending
"We are working with organizations across the country to end violence
against women and girls and to offset its destructive impact on our
communities,"said Mr. Leef. "This project will engage men and boys in
male-dominated environments in Whitehorse, Watson Lake and Dawson City.
Through the project, they will gain the skills and knowledge necessary
to play a leadership role in ending violence against women."
"It is important to do all we can to prevent violence against women and
girls," said Ketsia Houde, Executive Director of Les Essentielles. "We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this
project to engage men and boys in understanding and addressing the
roots of gender-based violence in Yukon communities and to leading the
way to a safer society for everyone."
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, supporting over 600 projects.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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