MP Earl Dreeshen Calls on Constituents of Red Deer to Help End Violence against Women and Girls

November 27, 2012

Ottawa – Today, Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, called on all Central Albertans to work together to end violence against women and girls in our communities.

“The Government of Canada is taking action to address violence against women and girls in communities across Canada,” said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women. “We recognize that all Canadians – women and girls, men and boys – must do their part to help end violence against women and girls.”

“The Government of Canada remains deeply committed to addressing the issue of violence against women and girls,” said MP Dreeshen. “I encourage all Canadians across Central Alberta to be more than a bystander, and to help raise awareness, to shine a light on this important issue, and promote safety and security for all.

The international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence started on November 25, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and wrap up on December 10, International Human Rights Day. The period includes December 6, Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against 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. We have now funded 550 projects across Canada.

More than $54 million has been approved since 2007 for projects that specifically address violence against women and girls. By working at the community level, the Government of Canada is improving the lives of women and girls across Canada.