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CANADIAN WINNERS OF
THE WOMEN’S SAFETY AWARDS 2004
A neighbourhood group that brought together local schools and street prostitutes
to talk about safer streets, a project training Inuit girls to create television
programs, and a municipality that markets wife assault prevention, are among
the 12 recipients of the Women's Safety Awards 2004. Winners were honoured
on Saturday, May 29, 2004 at the 20th Anniversary Celebration ‘Challenging the
Unknown’ hosted by Changing Together: A Center for Immigrant Women held
at the Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre in Edmonton.
Created by Femmes et villes international / Women in Cities International, and
funded by Status of Women Canada, the awards are designed to reward good practices
and policies relating to women’s safety and the improvement of women’s sense
of safety. Women's groups, grassroots community organisations, municipal governments,
youth organizations, business community groups and other groups from across
the country competed in this 1st Women’s Safety Awards competition. The international
jury was impressed with the range of terrific initiatives with very different
approaches from across Canada.
An independent international jury composed of experts in the field selected
the very best from Canada, where entrants competed in five categories: a) advocacy,
networking and community mobilization, b) capacity-building and training, c)
educational programs and public awareness, d) safety planning and design for
public spaces and e) municipal gender-based policies in crime prevention and
Projects and policies were based on five criteria: Relevance of approach, locally-based,
partnerships, diversity, women's empowerment and participation and outcomes.
Award winners will be included in promotional activities sponsored by Femmes
et villes international / Women in Cities International designed to heighten
the awareness of women’s safety projects and policies on the global stage. A
publication presenting detailed descriptions of the 12 winning projects will
be produced and will be distributed to community groups and municipal governments
in the fall of 2004. This publication will include summaries of all projects
received for the Women’s Safety Awards (approximately 90 projects). Furthermore,
results will be published on the Femmes et villes International / Women in Cities
International website (www.femmesetvilles.org).
WOMEN’S SAFETY AWARDS 2004: A COMPENDIUM
OF GOOD PRACTICES (English, French and Spanish). To download or order a hardcopy
please visit http://www.femmesetvilles.org
THE WINNERS FOR EACH CATEGORY ARE:
Advocacy, networking and community mobilization
The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Project: Improving the Personal Security of Women
and Girls in Rural, Northeastern Ontario submitted by The Amelia Rising Sexual
Assault Centre of Nipissing, North Bay, Ontario.
Freedom from Violence through Education submitted by Working Women Community
Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
West End Women’s Safety Project (WEWSP) submitted by Mount Carmel Clinic
– Sage House, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Capacity-building and Training
The Empowerment Project: A Train the Trainer Tool Kit for Delivering Self-Protection
and Assertiveness Workshops to Women and Girls submitted by the Fredericton
Sexual Assault Crisis Centre Inc., Fredericton, New Brunswick.
City of Charlottetown Family Violence Prevention Program submitted by
the City of Charlottetown and the Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence
Prevention, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
What's Age Got To Do With It? submitted by the B.C./Yukon Society of
Transition Houses, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Educational Programmes and Public Awareness
The WTN/IBC Girls TV Camp – Nunavut submitted by the Inuit Broadcasting
Corporation, Toronto, Ontario.
Women and Violence: Education is Prevention submitted by SWOVA Community
Development and Research Society, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
Project Respect submitted by the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre,
Victoria, British Columbia.
Safety Planning and Design for Public Spaces
Conscience urbaine submitted by L’Écho des femmes de la Petite Patrie,
Municipal Gender-Based Policies in Crime Prevention and Community Safety
Cowichan Valley Safer Futures Program submitted by the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, Duncan, British Columbia.
Confrontation Management for Women at High Risk, submitted by the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver, British Columbia.
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