VANCOUVER, BC, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable John Duncan, M.P.
for Vancouver Island North, and Minister of State and Chief Government
Whip, on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of
Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government of
Canada support for two projects that will help build leadership skills
among young women in several communities in British Columbia.
"All Canadians benefit when women and girls of all backgrounds are
empowered and equipped to take on leadership roles, said Minister
Leitch. "That is why we are supporting these projects − because our
Government is committed to supporting the full participation of women
in the social, economic, and democratic life of Canada."
"Our Government recognizes and believes in the tremendous leadership
potential of girls and young women in our communities," said Minster
Duncan. "We are very pleased to support these projects which will
empower young women in British Columbia to be leaders."
The International Development Education Association (VIDEA) is receiving $183,126 for a project to help First Nations young women become more involved in
community life. Participants will identify and address barriers that
prevent women from accessing leadership roles, as well as participate
in activities and workshops to build their leadership skills.
"We want cohesive, healthy First Nations communities in British Columbia
- communities where everyone can grow and thrive, including young
women," said Ms. Lynn Thornton, Executive Director, VIDEA. "Government
of Canada support for this project is helping First Nations young women
gain skills, confidence and leadership opportunities so they can take
an active role in strengthening and leading their communities."
The Salt Spring Women Opposed to Violence and Abuse (SWOVA) Community
Development and Research Society is also receiving funds in the amount of $170,922 for a project to empower young women to engage in community and civic
life in five semi-rural, isolated communities in the Southern Gulf
Islands. As part of a Youth Advisory Council, participants will address
barriers preventing their full participation in the community and help
to create an ongoing Girls' Leadership Council that will build on
"In these isolated island communities, young women will either stay or
move on to other communities," said Ms. Lynda Laushway, Executive
Director, SWOVA Community Development and Research Society. "With
Government of Canada support, this project will empower both groups of
young women with the skills, knowledge and experience they need for
civic engagement, regardless of where they live."
The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families,
communities and the country. More than $5.9 million has been approved under a call for proposals for projects that
promote leadership and prosperity among girls and young women. Through
Status of Women Canada, federal government support for community-based
projects has nearly doubled since 2007, supporting more than 600
projects across the country.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C.,
O. Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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