OTTAWA, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
is marking International Women's Week by highlighting Harper Government
action to engage men and boys to end violence against women and girls.
"We believe violence against women is an issue for all Canadians to
address - women and men, girls and boys alike. We must all be part of
the solution," said Minister Ambrose. "This groundbreaking approach has
led the our Government to launch a call for proposals to organizations
to carry out innovative projects aimed at engaging men and boys in
ending violence against women and girls."
Last fall, the Harper Government issued a call for proposals seeking
innovative projects by community-based organizations. One of the four
areas focuses on engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls. The
goal of these projects is to engage men and boys in reducing the rates
of violence against women and girls. Organizations will engage men and
boys, along with women and girls, in finding innovative ways to end
violence against women and girls in their communities. The
organizations will work collaboratively to identify key issues, and to
deliver approaches that engage men and boys in responding to violence
against women and girls in their communities.
The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls in Canada, while strengthening
families and communities. Since 2006, Status of Women Canada has
approved close to $57 million in funding for projects working to end
violence against women and girls.
The Harper Government also recently endorsed the COMMIT initiative put
forward by UN Women asking governments everywhere to be part of global
efforts aimed at ending violence against women and girls. Canada
continues to implement a wide range of initiatives to reduce and
prevent violence against women and girls, and urges other nations to do
the same. The Harper Government also recently launched the End Violence
Against Women resource website at women.gc.ca/violence.
IWW takes place this year from March 3 to 9, with its highlight,
International Women's Day on March 8. For further information, please
visit the Status of Women Canada web site at http://www.iwd.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Office of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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