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Ottawa Announces $4 Million For Projects To End Violence Against Women On Campuses

November 21st, 2012 Posted in News and Updates

Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced funding to Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women to engage young people in addressing violence against women on university and college campuses. Parliamentarians throughout Canada joined Minister Ambrose in announcing their projects locally.

“Our Government is taking action to address violence against women on university and college campuses across Canada,” said Minister Ambrose. “We are pleased to support projects that will help make university and college communities safer for everyone.”

The Government of Canada is providing 21 organizations with close to $4 million to carry out projects that tackle a wide range of issues related to violence against female students, such as sexual assault and harassment. Organizations will work with college and university campus communities to carry out their projects.

The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women is receiving $196,270 in funding for a project targeting students at four post-secondary institutions in Ottawa: the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, La Cité Collégiale and Algonquin College. In partnership with the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, the project will identify and respond to the issues of violence affecting women on campus. A social media campaign using theBystander Approach, which emphasizes the role of peers in taking action to prevent violence against women, will also be developed.

“Our project will provide students with information that will help them develop skills to recognize and speak out about violence against women,” said Ms. Stefanie Lomatski, Executive Director, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW). “Engaging students in the development process will help empower them in eliminating violence.”

“Crime Prevention Ottawa believes the bystander-intervention model for addressing gender-based violence on campuses shows great promise,” said Ms. Nancy Worsfold, Executive Director, Crime Prevention Ottawa. “The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women and the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre are applying this approach to a social media campaign, engaging all four campuses in Ottawa.”

“The CALACS francophone d’Ottawa team is proud to support this project, which works at preventing violence against women on post-secondary campuses in Ottawa,” said Kim Dubé, a member of the Board of Directors. “As a Francophone organization, we are involved in this project to promote an adequate representation of Francophones’ unique experiences, without simply resorting to a translation of the English-language social media content. By creating a space for sharing and dialogue among Francophones in connection with the issue of violence against women, we are hoping to fill a significant need in the French-speaking student community.”

“The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre is pleased to carry out this innovative project, in partnership with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women,” said Ms. Linda Capperauld, Director, Department of Equity Services, Carleton University. “This project will have an enormous impact on young adults, providing them with tools to combat violence against women on our campuses.”

“We are delighted to have support for this excellent project,” said Mr. Murray Sang, Director, Student Academic Success Service, University of Ottawa. “Our multidisciplinary approach will help make our campus – and all campuses throughout the city – safer for women students.”

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 federal funding has been approved for projects that seek to address violence against women and girls.

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