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Government of Canada salutes CFL teams for tackling violence against women and girls

November 25, 2012

OTTAWA, Nov. 25, 2012 /CNW/ – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by calling on all Canadians to work together to end all forms of
violence against women and girls. The Minister also took the occasion
of the 100(th) Grey Cup game in Toronto to salute several members of the Canadian
Football League for their efforts to end gender-based violence.

“The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women reminds us of the women and girls – in Canada and throughout the world
– for whom violence and the threat of violence are a daily reality,”
said Minister Ambrose. “That is why I am proud to salute the
outstanding efforts of CFL football clubs who are partnering with
community organizations and governments to address gender-based

The Minister highlighted several projects that show the great example of
leadership from sports. These projects recognize that violence against
women is not just a women’s issue.

        --  The 'Be More Than a Bystander' project brings the B.C. Lions
            Football Club together with Ending Violence Association of
            British Columbia (EVA BC), governments and the private sector.
            The project is focused on educating bystanders, specifically
            youth, about what they can do to take a stand to prevent and
            stop violence against women and girls. The project targets both
            genders, however a particular emphasis is the engagement of men
            and boys, including football coaches and their teams across
            British Columbia.

        --  The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club is also asking citizens
            to 'Be more than a bystander. Break the silence on violence
            against women' to address gender-based violence. The team is
            working with the Manitoba government to help stop violence
            against women through a public awareness campaign launched on
            November 5, 2012.

        --  The Toronto Argonauts Football Club have a youth oriented
            bullying prevention program for both elementary and secondary
            school levels. Its'Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program' works
            with the support of corporate and community partners to inspire
            and empower boys and girls to take action towards bullying
            prevention in their schools. This program includes a component
            that focuses on bullying related issues specific to girls and
            young women.

“Gender-based violence affects us all. It ruins lives, destroys
families, and takes a heavy toll on our economy.” said Minister
Ambrose. “Our Government recognizes the need for Canadians to come
together and take action that reduces and prevents violence against
women and girls in all its forms, wherever it occurs,” said Minister

November 25 was designated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in commemoration of the Mirabal sisters – Patria, Minerva, and Maria
Teresa – who died in an act of gender-based violence in the Dominican
Republic in 1960. Worldwide it also marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, which encompass Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6 and concludes with International Human Rights Day on December 10.

SOURCE Status of Women Canada

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