STEPHENVILLE, NL, Oct. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Senator Elizabeth Marshall announced Government of Canada funding to help prevent cyberviolence against young women and girls in Southwestern Newfoundland.
Bay St. George Status of Women Council is receiving $160,140 through Status of Women Canada for a project that will identify and respond to cyberviolence against young women and girls. Working with youth and community stakeholders, the project will identify the issues of cyberviolence affecting young women and girls, expand their understanding of these issues, and discuss strategies to address them in their community. The organization will then lead collaborative efforts to develop and implement strategies that prevent this form of gender-based violence in the region.
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 of 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
"The Bay St. George Status of Women Council is a non-profit, community based organization that provides crucial services to the women of Stephenville and surrounding areas including educational and social programming for women and girls, as well as support for women in crisis. Through our Government's initiative and the skilled team of the Bay St. George Status of Women Council, I am confident we can work together to put an end to cyberbullying and other gender-based crimes to improve the lives of women, girls and families. Our Government is committed to equipping communities with the tools they need to address violence and discrimination online, and in every sphere."
The Honourable Elizabeth Marshall
"We welcome the opportunity to work with the Government of Canada on this important project to help women and girls in Southwestern Newfoundland understand cyberviolence issues, and how to address them. This project is going to develop local solutions that will make a real difference in their lives."
Janice Kennedy, Executive Director
Bay St. George Status of Women Council
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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