OTTAWA, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today called on all Canadians to join the worldwide 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence while highlighting government actions to address gender-based violence
in Atlantic Canada.
"Our Government recognizes the need for Canadians to come together and
take action that reduces and prevents violence against women and girls
in all its forms, wherever it occurs," said Minister Ambrose. "That is
why the Government of Canada is proud to support projects across
Canada, including in Atlantic Canada, that help communities address
For example, the Second Story Women's Centre in Nova Scotia is receiving $296,377 for a 36-month project to address violence against women and girls along
the south shore in Lunenburg County and neighbouring Queens County. A
community plan is being developed to address gender based violence,
particularly sexual assault. This project also engages men and boys as
part of the solution.
"We are pleased to receive the Government of Canada's support for this
project that will help address the challenges and barriers which limit
efforts to prevent gender- based violence in our communities,
particularly sexual assault," said Ms. Anne-Marie Sheppard, Board
Co-Chair, Second Story Women's Centre. "We are pleased that men and
boys will also be engaged because everyone has a role to play."
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence commence on November 25, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and conclude on December 10 with International Human Rights Day. The campaign also observes significant dates such as December 6,
Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
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, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million,
its highest level ever. Since 2007, more than $54 million in funding
has been approved for projects that seek to address violence against
women and girls.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
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Status of Women Canada
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