OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Status of Women and Minister of Labour, today marked the
final day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by calling upon all Canadians to take action throughout the year.
"I hope the momentum of the past 16 days will inspire Canadians to take
action each and every day," said Minister Leitch. "By talking with
family, friends, and working within our communities to increase
awareness, we can all be a part of the solution to end violence against
women and girls."
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence began on November 25, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and concluded today with International Human Rights Day. The campaign marked December 6, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women .
"Helping women and girls live violence-free lives is a priority for our
Government," added Minister Leitch. "That is why we are holding
offenders accountable for their actions, and supporting community-based
projects across Canada that address violence against women."
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. Federal government support for
community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting
more than 600 projects across the country. Since 2007, through Status
of Women Canada, the Government has provided more than $62 million in
funding specifically for projects to end violence against women and
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C.,
O. Ont., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women
and Minister of Labour
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications and
Status of Women Canada
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