SHERBROOKE, QC, April 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada support for a project that addresses sexual violence against immigrant women and girls in the Estrie region of Quebec.
"Our Government is committed to ending violence against women and girls of all ages across Canada," said Minister Ambrose. "This project will help ensure that immigrant women and girls who are vulnerable to violence will have increased access to education and community resources."
The Fédération des communautés culturelles de l'Estrie is receiving $111,259 for the 24-month project, Agissons ensemble contre la violence sexuelle envers les jeunes immigrants [Let's act together to combat sexual violence against immigrant girls]. This project will empower and train immigrant girls and their mothers on the issue of sexual violence (abuse, harassment, exploitation and involvement in the sex trade).
"We are very pleased to have the Government of Canada's support for this project, which will educate immigrant women and girls on sexual violence," said Mr. Henri Mbatika, President of the Fédération des communautés culturelles de l'Estrie. "This project will allow us to utilize various creative mediums to create awareness such as information sessions, prevention guides, workshops and theatrical performances which also includes training to community service providers in order to be better equipped to assist victims of sexual violence."
Since 2007, Status of Women Canada has approved more than $49 million in projects designed to help end violence against women and girls across the country. 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.
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