It was a big day at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre on March 13th, 2013. At 11 AM, it was announced by Joyce Bateman, a Member of Parliament, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose (Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women), that the Centre will receive $198,960.00 for a 2 year project to improve the safety of women and girls in the West Broadway area.
“We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this project to foster awareness and mobilize our community on the issue of violence against women; making our neighbourhood a safer place for everyone.” Said our Executive Director, Lawrence “Spatch” Mulhall.
The new project is called Engaging Boys and Men to End Violence Against Women and is being headed by BNC’s newest employee, Jodie Layne. “The program is taking a new path toward a solution to an old problem. We often teach women how to react to violence, but we don’t teach men not to create violence in the first place.”
BNC will adapt an existing engagement model used by Men’s Resources International to run the program which will involve boys and young men aged 15-25 who will distribute the information, gathered during the educational sessions twice a week, to their communities.
We are all very excited about this new program and is thankful for the opportunity.
For more information regarding the new program, please contact Jodie Layne at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the centre directly.