MP highlights funding to stop violence against women and girls

Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and for Western Economic Diversification

Ottawa- Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and for Western Economic Diversification, has invited organizations across Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo to propose new projects that will help end violence against women and girls.

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.

“The Government of Canada is committed to making communities across the country safe and secure for everyone, including women and girls,” announced Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo,  “This new call for proposals will support the development of effective, local strategies to prevent violence against women and girls by encouraging organizations to work in partnership with key stakeholders in the community.”

The deadline for applications to be submitted is noon (12:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time) on April 17, 2015. Applications are accepted online at swc-cfc.gc.ca.

“Violence against women and girls takes a terrible toll on individuals, families and communities. That’s why our Government is taking action to end gender-based violence and to improve support for victims. Through this new call for proposals we will work with service organizations from across Canada on projects that prevent violence by addressing the specific needs of communities, “ says The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women.

Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided more than $153 million through the Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada for community-based projects. Of this amount $71 million has gone to projects that prevent violence against women and girls.