Government of Canada assists female students and senior women in the Québec City area



    QUEBEC, March 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Young and senior women in the Québec City
area will have a chance to gain critical skills thanks to an investment by the
Government of Canada in two projects.
    On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages, Mr. Luc Harvey, M.P. (Louis-Hébert),
today announced that the Government of Canada will invest in two organizations
for projects that will benefit women in the Québec City area.
    Funding for these projects was approved under the Women's Community Fund
of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. This Fund supports eligible
organizations in carrying out projects at the local, regional and national
level. To qualify, the initiatives must work toward the equality and full
participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.
    "Our Government works to achieve concrete results for women and these two
projects will bring them real benefits," stated Minister Verner. "By
supporting the work of these two community-based organizations, our Government
is creating change at the grass-roots level, where it can provide lasting
effects in the lives of women in the Quebec region."
    "The funding provided for these two projects is a concrete example of the
Government of Canada's support for the increased participation of women in
democratic life and for the improvement of the social condition of women,"
said Mr. Harvey. "Senior women who are more independent and an increased
participation of women in the democratic life will benefit society as a
whole."
    L'Association des femmes diplômées des universités - Québec will receive
a total of $21,581 in funding for a project entitled L'équité hommes-femmes en
politique, un défi pour les filles (Equality for men and women in politics, a
challenge for girls). This project will bring female students together at
Université Laval in Québec to learn about the importance of equitable
representation of women in politics.
    "Women continue to be under-represented in positions of authority, and
especially in elected positions," said Ms. Suzanne Lemire, vice-president,
Association des femmes diplômées des universités - Québec. "The goal of our
project is to interest young women in politics and encourage them to consider
the benefits that women can gain from better representation in places of power
and decision-making."
    Le Carrefour des aînés de la Capitale will receive a total of $11,768 in
funding for a project entitled Des aînées informées et en sécurité (Informed
and safe senior women). Thanks to this project, senior women in the Québec
region will now have access to tools that will enable them to age in good
health and to feel safer, while living independently.
    "More than two thirds of Quebec women aged 75 and over live alone. The
resulting insecurity and vulnerability are real obstacles for women in this
age group," said Ms. Liça Gilbert, Development Officer, Carrefour des aînés de
la Capitale. "Our project seeks to preserve their autonomy by giving them the
knowledge they need to increase their confidence."
    In Budget 2008, the Government of Canada announced that it will develop
an Action Plan to advance equality for women by improving their economic and
social conditions, and their participation in democratic life.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of
Canada.
    For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/.

    Ce texte est également disponible en français.
    This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada website:
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
(819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and
Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839


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