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Québec reç receives $97M from the federal government to fight violence against women

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The number of feminicides is on the rise in Canada.

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At the dawn of the twelve days of action against violence against women, the Government of Canada is paying nearly $100 million to Quebec over four years so that it can continue its strategy to counter sexual and domestic violence.

The objective of the two governments is in particular to intensify prevention and awareness of gender-based violence.

The breakdown of this amount is not yet detailed, but the Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Martine Biron, wishes to prioritize support for programs and organizations that work with victims.

Part of the amount will also go into the coffers of organizations helping people with violent behavior.

“This money is being transferred to us unconditionally to continue our Integrated Government Strategy to Counter Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence and Rebuilding Trust 2022-2027. We are very happy. It will help us go further in our vision of a safer Quebec for women,” Martin Biron declared at a press conference on Friday.

At the time of its launch in June 2022, the provincial action plan had a budget of $462 million over five years.

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The federal MP for Quebec, Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Youth, Marci Ien, the Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Martine Biron and the MP for Lotbinière-Frontenac, Isabelle Lecours .

In 2022, 184 people were killed in Canada because they were women or girls, according to the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability, an increase of 20% from to 2019.

Faced with the increase in the number of feminicides in the country, the federal deputy for Quebec, Jean-Yves Duclos, believes that it is the duty of the entire community to act to counter the problem. “Gender-based violence is a persistent problem,” he argues.

We have work to do to ensure that we are stronger in countering violence against women, because it is always an issue that we feel like we are resolving, but it happens. a new social situation which means that we must be more agile

A quote from Martine Biron, Minister responsible for the Status of Women

Asked about the distribution of the $97.3 million, the MP for Chutes-de-la-Chaudière said she was concerned about the impact of social networks on young men and the popularity of certain controversial masculinist influencers.

The amount announced was released from the $539.3 million set aside by the federal government for the provinces and territories to end gender-based violence until 2026. Prince Edward Island and Ontario notably received their share in the last few weeks.

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