OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 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 violence against women
and girls in Western and Northern 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 the
country, including in Canada's West and North that help communities
address gender-based violence."
"Violence and the threat of violence continues to be a daily reality for
many women in the North and across Canada," said Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Nunavut. "Violence
against women is a serious problem that all levels of government,
police, civil society and stakeholders must work together to end."
"Our Government is committed to ending violence against women and girls
in communities across Canada," said Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Member of
Parliament for Delta-Richmond East. "That is why we are supporting
grassroots projects that yield concrete results for women and girls
while strengthening families and communities."
Minister Ambrose highlighted two recent projects in Western and Northern
Canada. The Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan is receiving $300,000 for a 36-month project to address the high incidence of violence
against women in the communities of La Ronge, Moose Jaw, North
Battleford, Swift Current, Melfort, and Kindersley. A community action
plan will be developed and implemented in these communities in
collaboration with community stakeholders such as local service
providers, community leaders, schools, Aboriginal service
organizations, and shelters.
"We are pleased to have the Government of Canada's support for this
important project to help address gender-based violence in the
communities we serve," said Karen Closs and Karen Sanderson, Co-Chairs
of the Board of Directors for the Provincial Association of Transition
Houses and Services of Saskatchewan. "Many women at risk will be
assisted by this project."
In the Yukon, through Status of Women Canada, the Liard Aboriginal Women's Society is receiving $264,772 for a 36-month project entitled "Together for Justice" on Language, Violence and Responsibility. The project will assist Aboriginal women transition to violence-free
lives. By building relationships between Aboriginal women, law
enforcement officials, and service providers, the goal is to improve
policing and social service delivery for women living in Yukon
communities. The project includes development of protocols, law
enforcement orientation documents and community action plans.
"The Government of Canada's support for this project will make a
critical difference to women in our communities by supporting greater
collaboration among all stakeholders," said Fannie Vance, Executive
Board Member of the Liard Aboriginal Women's Society. "It will allow us
to reduce the risk of violence for many Aboriginal women."
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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