ESTEVAN, SK, Oct. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Ed Komarnicki, Member of Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain announced Government of Canada funding to help prevent cyberviolence against young women and girls in Southeast Saskatchewan.
Envision Counselling and Support Centre Inc. is receiving $163,799 through Status of Women Canada for a project that will build collaboration between youth and community stakeholders to prevent cyberviolence against young women and girls. Project partners including youth will be engaged in the development and implementation of coordinated strategies to respond to this issue. Potential strategies could include changing on-line culture and increasing partnerships between community service providers to prevent or eliminate this form of gender-based violence in their rural communities.
This project is receiving funding under Status of Women Canada's Call for Proposals entitled Cyber and Sexual Violence: Helping Communities Respond. It is part the Government of Canada's announcement that it is investing $1.1 million across Canada in projects to prevent cyberviolence against young women and girls.
- The Government of Canada has provided over $146 million in funding through Status of Women Canada to support more than 720 projects since 2007. This includes more than $70 million for projects to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.
- The Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, which would make it a criminal offence to distribute intimate images without the consent of the person depicted.
- In January, 2014, the government launched a national anti-cyberbullying public awareness campaign called Stop Hating Online to raise awareness among Canadians of the impact of cyberbullying, and to identify when this behaviour amounts to criminal activity.
"Our Government is committed to ending violence against women and girls in all its forms. We proudly support community-based projects across the country that help victims and provide services that prevent cyberviolence. By targeting such violence, these projects strengthen our communities and make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls."
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
"Our Government is taking concrete action to address violence against women and girls, wherever it occurs. By working with skilled, local organizations here in Saskatchewan, we are equipping communities with the tools they need to protect women and girls from violence, whether it takes place in the home, in the community or online."
Member of Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain
"We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this important project that will make a difference for women and girls in Southeast Saskatchewan. We are looking forward to working with women in our community to better understand the local issues related to cyberviolence and to develop realistic solutions to help stop this form of gender-based violence."
Chair of the Board, Envision Counselling and Support Centre Inc.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information: For media inquiries only: Andrew McGrath, Director of Communications, Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Tel: 819-953-5646, [email protected]; For all other inquiries: Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, Tel: 819-420-6810; Ce texte est également disponible en français.; For news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to women.gc.ca.