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Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today called on all Canadians to join the worldwide
16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, while highlighting government actions to address violence against women and girls in
"Our Government recognizes the need for Canadians to come together and take action to prevent violence against women and girls," said Minister Ambrose. "That is why the Government of
Canada is proud to support projects in
Ontario and across
Canada that help communities address this serious issue."
Minister Ambrose highlighted an ongoing project with the
Women's Support Network of York Region. It is receiving
$213,574 for a 24-month project to promote community safety by addressing the needs of women and girls at risk of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The project's focus is on the development of inter-agency protocols, guidelines and best practices to ensure appropriate responses by service providers to intra-regional trafficking of girls and women.
"We are pleased to have the Government of
Canada's support for this important project to help improve collaboration at the community level," said
Jacqueline Benn-John, Acting Executive Director of Women's Support Network of York Region. "The safety of many young women at risk in the York Region will be enhanced by this project."
16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence commence on
November 25, with the
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and conclude on
December 10 with
International Human Rights Day. The campaign also observes significant dates such as
Canada'sNational Day of Remembrance and Action on Violenceagainst Women.
The Government of
Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls in
Canada while strengthening families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, 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. Since 2007, more than
$54 million in funding has been approved for projects that seek to address violence against women and girls.
SOURCE Status of Women Canada