OTTAWA, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, is marking International Women's Week by highlighting Harper Government action to engage men and boys to end violence against women and girls.
"We believe violence against women is an issue for all Canadians to address - women and men, girls and boys alike. We must all be part of the solution," said Minister Ambrose. "This groundbreaking approach has led the our Government to launch a call for proposals to organizations to carry out innovative projects aimed at engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls."
Last fall, the Harper Government issued a call for proposals seeking innovative projects by community-based organizations. One of the four areas focuses on engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls. The goal of these projects is to engage men and boys in reducing the rates of violence against women and girls. Organizations will engage men and boys, along with women and girls, in finding innovative ways to end violence against women and girls in their communities. The organizations will work collaboratively to identify key issues, and to deliver approaches that engage men and boys in responding to violence against women and girls in their communities.
The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada, while strengthening families and communities. Since 2006, Status of Women Canada has approved close to $57 million in funding for projects working to end violence against women and girls.
The Harper Government also recently endorsed the COMMIT initiative put forward by UN Women asking governments everywhere to be part of global efforts aimed at ending violence against women and girls. Canada continues to implement a wide range of initiatives to reduce and prevent violence against women and girls, and urges other nations to do the same. The Harper Government also recently launched the End Violence Against Women resource website at women.gc.ca/violence.
IWW takes place this year from March 3 to 9, with its highlight, International Women's Day on March 8. For further information, please visit the Status of Women Canada web site at http://www.iwd.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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