Government Takes Action to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris is inviting organizations across Westman to propose new projects that will help end violence against women and girls.

"Our Government is committed to ending violence against women and girls," said Maguire. "We are taking concrete actions to address this important issue."

The Government of Canada will be supporting projects selected through a new call for proposals by Status of Women Canada entitled Working in Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls. These projects will help end violence against women and girls by fostering partnerships within and among communities, and creating positive change that prevents violence.

Proposed projects can address a wide variety of issues related to violence against women and girls, but must include, and will be assessed on, the following points:

  • focus on improving or transforming the environment that perpetuates or contributes to violence against women and girls or that puts women and girls at risk of violence;

  • confirmed key decision-makers and community leaders to work towards ending violence against women and girls within the project; and

  • potential to create sustainable change beyond the life of the project.

To submit an application, organizations are encouraged to visit and follow the instructions to proceed with an online application. The deadline for applications to be submitted is noon (12:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time) on April 17, 2015.

The Government of Canada has taken significant action to better protect Canadians, including women and girls, from crime and to strengthen the capacity of the criminal justice system. Examples include:

  • Releasing the Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls with an investment of nearly $200 million over five years. This includes $25 million of new funding that was committed to in Economic Action Plan 2014.

  • Introducing the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices bill, which reinforces that Canada's openness and generosity does not extend to early and forced or polygamous marriage or harmful cultural practices;

  • Introducing Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, which would make it a criminal offence to distribute intimate images without the consent of the person depicted.

  • Launching the anti-cyberbullying public awareness campaign, Stop Hating Online, about the impacts of cyberbullying;

  • Passing the Safe Streets and Communities Act to improve the safety of all Canadians;

  • Launching the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking; and,

  • Increasing penalties for violent crimes.

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