Harper Government Takes Action in Vancouver to End Violence Committed in the Name of So-Called "Honour"

VANCOUVER, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced support to MOSAIC (Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities) for a project in Vancouver that addresses the issue of violence against women and girls committed in the name of so-called "honour".

"Our Government is committed to protecting women, girls and other vulnerable persons from all forms of violence, and to holding offenders accountable for their acts," said Minister Ambrose. "We are pleased to partner with MOSAIC on their new project to address acts of violence committed in the name of so-called 'honour'."

MOSAIC is receiving $200,000 for a 24-month project to identify strategies for addressing violence committed in the name of so-called "honour." The project will work with immigrant women from diverse ethno-cultural communities in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. MOSAIC will engage immigrant men and boys in the project as well as a broad range of partners. The project will build partnerships and collaboration between community agencies and stakeholders so they can better identify and respond to the specific needs of women and girls.

"We are committed to ending all forms of violence against women and girls" said Ms. Ninu Kang, Director of Family Programs at the MOSAIC organization. "We are very pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this project to develop strategies addressing violence committed in the name of so-called "honour", which violates the rights and dignity of women and girls in our community."

The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening families, communities and the country. Since 2007, the government has supported over 600 projects and has raised its support to its highest level ever.

SOURCE: Status of Women Canada

For further information:

For media inquiries only:
Michael Bolkenius
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
819 997-5421

For all other inquiries, contact:
Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General
Communications and
Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
613 995-7839

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