Nov. 14, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Several activities are being hosted in November by Mary Schryer, minister responsible for the status of women and the women's issues branch, to support education and awareness of violence against women as part of Family Violence Prevention Month.
Among the activities that Schyrer is hosting include the presentation of the Family Violence Community Quilt project; the promotion of the Provincial Partnerships in Action (PPA) network; the release of the fall edition of the newsletter Communities Connecting; and the launch of a pamphlet promoting a new program for children and their mothers exposed to domestic violence.
"Violence against women is a societal problem, and we all have a responsibility to eliminate it," said Schryer. "The work being done around the province on the issue of violence against women is not only impressive but also very encouraging. Developing a co-ordinated and comprehensive response to address violence against women is central to moving forward."
Schryer said that, through the action plan, A Better World for Women: Moving Forward 2005-10, the government is working diligently to create awareness, streamline services, and help women to achieve a specific vision: that all New Brunswick families live in a secure and nurturing environment free of abuse and violence.
The quilt project, Stitching Solutions, will be unveiled later this month. It represents a unique way to send the message that New Brunswick is united against family violence. Individuals and community or government agencies/departments were invited to create quilt squares to form one large quilt that will be part of a travelling exhibit.
The PPA network held its biannual meeting recently. It reorganizes representatives from regional family violence committees that include service providers from the community and government. Schryer noted that the PPA and regional networks have accomplished many things:
"We strongly believe it is important to have good relationships with our provincial and regional partners, which is why we invest in collaborative initiatives with them," Schryer said. "These PPA meetings are crucial, because they bring together government and community partners to discuss important issues and concerns around violence prevention. Regional committees can share their interest, leadership, and willingness to rally around integrated and co-ordinated services to better serve the women who come to them for help."
Schryer said the prevention of family violence is a central focus of the government and for her as the minister responsible for the status of women.
"As long as violence against women is a reality in our society, we will continue to work each and every day to shed light on this issue and to work with our partners in the community to eradicate it."
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, Communications New Brunswick / Women's Issues, 506-444-3207.