Government Releases Coordinated Response to Sexual Violence

first_img “We promised Nova Scotians we would listen, and we did. In year one we engaged with over 1,000 Nova Scotians, and what we heard will set our direction as work on the strategy continues,” said Ms. Bernard. “We need to keep these conversations going and make sure we reach out to people whose voices need to be heard.” “Living in a rural area can create barriers, but with our partners, the Red Door Youth Health and Support Centre is able to support youth, women, men, children and the LGBTQ community,” said Tara Newcombe, co-chair of the centre. “We recognize the importance of engaging youth to truly shift the current culture of sexual violence. In addition, inviting youth to voice their thoughts on how to improve support services will inform our local demonstration project as well as the larger provincial sexual violence strategy.” Last December, government released a summary of what Nova Scotians said during meetings and through an online survey. In April, a summary of youth engagement responses was also released.This month, two provincial committees on training and public awareness have been appointed. A new provincial specialist has been hired to coordinate the work on the strategy. For more information on the strategy and for a list of services for victims of sexual violence, visit http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/ . Helping people get urgent support faster through existing crisis lines, online and other new technologies Expanding the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program in Sydney and western Nova Scotia Creating nine community support networks to coordinate counselling and support, visibility of services and help with navigation Establishing a prevention innovation fund to support best practices, research and evaluation Better-coordinated supports for victims, more public education and awareness, and continued community engagement on prevention are among the approaches in Nova Scotia’s first sexual violence strategy. Premier Stephen McNeil and Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard launched Breaking the Silence: A Coordinated Response to Sexual Violence in Nova Scotia, today, June 16, in Kentville. “Sexual violence is a traumatic and pervasive problem in all of society and our province is no exception,” said Premier McNeil. “This strategy calls on Nova Scotians to work together to better understand and prevent sexual violence in our communities.” Some of the actions planned over the next two years include:last_img read more

DoT likely to start tracking system for lost mobiles next month

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will launch a technology solution next month to enable detection of lost or stolen mobile phones that are operating in the country, an official said.The tracking system would make the detection of stolen mobile phones possible even if the SIM card is removed or the unique code IMEI number is changed, the official revealed. The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) is ready with the technology and the service is expected to be launched in August. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu”C-DoT is ready with the technology. The telecom department will approach the minister for its launch after the Parliament session. It should be launched in the next month,” a DoT official said. The ongoing Parliament session will run till July 26. The Department of Telecom (DoT) had assigned the mobile phone tracking project “Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR)” aimed at bringing down counterfeit cellphones and discouraging theft to C-DoT in July 2017. The government has proposed to allocate Rs 15 crore for setting up CEIR in the country that will bring down the number of counterfeit handsets and discourage theft. The CEIR system will block all services on stolen or lost mobile phones on any network even if the SIM card is removed or IMEI number of the handset is changed.last_img read more

Two shipwrecks add to alarming increase in migrant deaths off Libya coast

The tragic weekend began on Friday with the deaths of an estimated 103 people, including three babies, when the rubber dinghy they were on sank off the coast of Libya. The Libyan Coast Guard rescued 16 survivors: young men from the Gambia, Sudan, Yemen, Niger and Guinea.The incident was followed on Sunday by the capsizing of a small rubber boat off the Libyan port city of Al Khums, east of the capital, Tripoli. The vessel was packed with migrants and while 41 people survived, 100 are reported missing.During this same time period, the Libyan Coast Guard intercepted several small vessels heading towards the open sea, returning nearly 1,000 migrants to shore.The people were provided with food, water and health care, as well as other emergency assistance, and were interviewed by IOM staff.  They were later transferred to detention centres, where IOM continues to provide humanitarian assistance.The Libyan Coast Guard has returned some 10,000 people to shore so far this year, according to IOM. Othman Belbeisi, its Libya Chief of Mission, reported an “alarming increase” in deaths at sea.“Smugglers are exploiting the desperation of migrants to leave before there are further crackdowns on Mediterranean crossings by Europe,” he said.IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will travel to Tripoli this week to see first-hand the conditions rescued migrants face and those returned to shore by the  coast guard.He said the UN agency “is determined to ensure that the human rights of all migrants are respected as together we all make efforts to stop the people-smuggling trade, which is so exploitative of migrants.” read more