Group Receives Huge Funding to Fight Violence against Disabled Women

Status of Women Canada has announced to disperse one if its biggest funding grants to a Canadian feminist organization that aims to reduce violence against women. The minister of Status of Women, Kellie Leitch, is expected to officially announce more than half a million in funding for the DisAbled Women’s Network while in Montreal on Monday.

Status of Women Canada will award $557,185 in a three-year project intended to make communities across Canada safer for deaf women and women with other disabilities. The group has promised to develop workshops and training courses all over the country for disabled women and community service providers, mainly including health care workers, who will reconsider ways to make communities safer for women and girls with disabilities. Leitch alleged that women with disabilities have higher rates of suffering violence when compared with rest of Canadians and she is confident the project will “make a tangible impact on eliminating or at least moving towards eliminating violence against women and girls in this population.”

The announcement has come after almost 16 days of activism against gender violence, started since Nov. 25. In this time period, Leitch announced funding for seven other projects to help prevent violence against women, which totaled up to more than $1.1 million, while majority projects received between $200,000 and $500,000. Commenting on the amount of funding granted to the DisAbled Women’s Network, Leitch explained that their project proposal focused on a national scope, which will include work in Northern communities

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