EDMONTON, Feb. 11 /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 violence against women and girls.
"As Canadians we believe in a peaceful and safe society that doesn't
tolerate violence of any kind towards women, including culturally
motivated violence," said Minister Ambrose. "This project is one we are
proud to support as young women will be educated on recognizing and
preventing these intolerable acts of violence."
Since becoming Minister for Status of Women, Minister Ambrose has met
with diverse communities across Canada to discuss potential action and
to encourage groups to apply for funding through Status of Women
Canada's Women's Program.
The Indo-Canadian Women's Association is receiving $241,000 for its 24-month project, Elimination of Harmful Cultural Practices: A Community-Centred Approach
for Education and Action. This initiative will empower immigrant girls and young women in
Edmonton. It will also develop strategies for engaging community
organizations, the legal community and law-enforcement agencies to
better respond to the issue of harmful cultural practices.
"We are very pleased to have the Government of Canada's support for this
innovative project, which will empower and inform young women and girls
in Edmonton," said Ms. Anjali Agarwal, President of the Indo-Canadian
Women's Association. "Through this project, these young women and girls
will gain important tools and skills that will help them to recognize
and respond to harmful cultural practices."
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting worthwhile projects
like this because they yield concrete results for women and girls in
Canada while strengthening our families, our communities and our
country. Through Status of Women Canada, the government's support for
community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, growing
from $10.8 million to $19 million, its highest level ever.
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SOURCE Status of Women Canada
For further information:
|Rebecca Thompson |
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
Director General, Communications and
Status of Women Canada