On Campus

Feds will fund projects for women on campus

Minister cites recent sexual assaults

Minister Ambrose on June 15, 2011.

The federal government is planning to fund projects to address violence against women on university and college campuses.

Rona Ambrose, Minister for Status of Women, told the Canadian Press that recent attacks on Canadian campuses are a reality check.

“Yes, there are good programs out there being offered by institutions like universities and colleges but we need to do more,” she said.

Women have been targeted by sexual predators at schools across the country this year. On the weekend, there were two incidents of possible sexual predators near the University of Windsor. Earlier this month, female students near Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C. allege they received the date-rape drug GHB. In the spring, York University experienced two alleged sexual assaults and the murder of Qian Liu, a student from China. In April, four female McGill University students were physically assaulted.

The new projects will be funded up to $200,000 each and there is no set limit on the number of proposals that will be get cash. But there is a deadline to apply, Jan. 27. For more, click here.

December 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

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