OTTAWA, June 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today announced Harper Government support for a new project to combat
the trafficking of women and girls in Ottawa.
"The Harper Government is committed to eliminating all forms of violence
against women and girls," said Minister Ambrose. "With this project, we
are taking another important step to ensure the safety and security of
women and girls across Canada who are being targeted for sexual
exploitation by violent traffickers."
Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans (PACT) Ottawa is receiving $200,000 in funding for a 24-month project in Ottawa that will target girls and
young women in high-risk neighbourhoods who are, or may be vulnerable
to human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. A project
advisory committee will include local girls and women as well as key
community partners including the Ottawa Police Service, Crime
Prevention Ottawa, and St. Joe's Women's Centre.
"Our organization is committed to ending the victimization of women and
girls that results from the crime of human trafficking," said Ms.
Christina Harrison Baird, Director of Project imPACT for
PACT-Ottawa. "We are pleased to partner with Status of Women Canada and
local agencies on this timely project, which will focus on vulnerable
girls and young women from varied socio-economic backgrounds."
This project is being supported under Status of Women Canada's recent
Call for Proposals entitled Working Together: Engaging Communities to End Violence against Women and
Girls. It aligns with the specific theme of Preventing and Reducing Violence the Trafficking of Women and Girls
through Community Planning.
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. The government's support for
community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, reaching
its highest level ever, supporting over 600 projects.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Status of Women Canada
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