Simcoe, ON – On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, today spoke in support of the Take Back the Night event.
“As Minister for Status of Women, I am proud our government has taken action to help ensure the safety of women and girls in our communities,” said Minister Ambrose. “I applaud the courage and resolve of Canadians who march in Take Back the Night events everywhere. By standing up against violence, they help to strengthen their communities and our society.”
Inspired by the fact that women and girls may not feel safe when they venture out at night, Take Back the Night events symbolize the basic human right of every woman and girl to feel safe from violence. Canada’s first Take Back the Night event took place in Vancouver in 1978. The Take Back the Night movement began in the 1970s in the United States. It has grown into a global movement of annual gatherings held in communities around the world.
“With Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012 focused on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians, we must continue to work to end violence against women and girls,” said Ms. Finley. “While the economic costs of such violence are huge, believed to be in the billions of dollars each year, the human costs are incalculable. I applaud the participants in Take Back the Night for speaking out about violence against women and girls.”
Through the Women’s Program of Status of Women Canada, more than $54 million has been approved since 2007 for projects that 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.
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