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Program to stop violence against women gets nearly $200K

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Men can stop violence against women and the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre is going to show them how.

A 24-month program called "Engaging Boys and Men to End Violence Against Women" beginning this fall has received $198,960 in federal funding announced on Tuesday at the BNC by MP Joyce Bateman on behalf of Rona Ambrose, the minister for Status of Women.

The program is taking a new path toward a solution to an old problem, said project coordinator Jodie Layne.

"We are so excited about this program. We often teach women how to react to violence but we don’t teach men not to create violence in the first place," said Layne, 23, who will lead the program based out of the BNC. "It’s such an obvious solution but not one that has been widely implemented."

Layne said the program will involve 15 boys and young men aged 15-25 from community partners in the BNC area who will participate in educational sessions twice per week and then take the information from the course to their communities to teach others.

The curriculum for the course is currently being built during the next few months using expertise from groups such as Status of Women Manitoba and local researchers.

Layne said the program will involve boys and young men who are willing to make the commitment to the course and to spread the word through their peer groups, local schools, community centres.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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