Projects sought to combat violence

Government announces funding for projects that tackle violence.

Courtenay, BC – On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, the Honourable John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, announced the launch of a Call for Proposals for projects that will prevent and reduce violence against women and girls in Canada.

“Our government is taking concrete steps in the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls by helping communities address this important issue,” said Minister Ambrose. “By inviting proposals for projects that address violence against women and girls, we are working together to create safe communities for all.”

The Government of Canada will accept funding applications for the call for proposals, Working Together: Engaging communities to end violence against women and girls, in four thematic areas:

• Preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in high-risk neighbourhoods (Deadline: October 12, 2012);

• Engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls (Deadline: October 12, 2012);

• Preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in the name of “honour”

(Deadline: November 9, 2012); and

• Preventing and reducing the trafficking of women and girls through community planning (Deadline: November 9, 2012).

Eligible organizations must address a number of predetermined criteria in their responses. For more information on this call for proposals, Working Together: Engaging communities to end violence against women and girls, please visit women.gc.ca.

“I am pleased that the Government of Canada continues to demonstrate its support towards ending violence against women and girls,” said MP Duncan. “I encourage all interested organizations in Vancouver Island North to apply and help make a difference for girls and women who face various forms of violence.”

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, increasing from $10.8 million to close to $19 million each year, its highest level ever.

For more information on Status of Women Canada and funding available through the Women’s Program, please visit women.gc.ca.

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