Government of Canada Funds women's groups in New Brunswick



    FREDERICTON, NB, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Women across the province of New
Brunswick will benefit from several projects aimed at achieving the full
participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada,
thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.
    The announcement was made today by the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister
of Veterans Affairs and M.P. for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the
Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and
Official Languages.
    A total of $878,455 will be invested in four New Brunswick organizations
for projects benefiting women of diverse backgrounds across the province:

    
      - $338,108 to the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity/Coalition
        pour l'équité salariale du Nouveau-Brunswick for the project entitled
        Tools for Pay Equity - Making it Work for Women.
      - $313,000 to the Multicultural Association of Fredericton for the
        project entitled Health and Wellbeing for Immigrant Women in
        Fredericton.
      - $170,521 to Making Waves/Vague par Vague for the project entitled
        Getting on the Same Wavelength: Creating a Sustainable Model for
        Relationship Violence Prevention in New Brunswick.
      - $56,826 to the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New
        Brunswick for the project entitled Community Safety: Reaching Abused
        Women with Key Family Violence Messages.
    

    These projects were 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.
    "These four projects fulfill the goals of the Women's Community Fund -
working toward the full participation of women in the economic, social and
democratic life of this country, starting at the grass roots level and
reaching across communities and across New Brunswick," said Minister Verner.
"These projects will touch the lives of women who are often vulnerable, and
provide them with real opportunities and positive, life-changing results."
    "Community empowerment of women is at the very heart of the Women's
Community Fund, and these four projects show that," said Mr. Thompson. "They
will enrich the lives of many women, both here in Fredericton and across New
Brunswick."
    "Even when women are aware of the principles of pay equity, they may not
have the necessary tools to make changes," said Ms. Anne-Marie Gammon, Chair
of the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity. "The Tools for Pay Equity
initiative will involve women in traditionally female jobs, including
secretaries, retail clerks and home support workers, in strengthening their
economic security and their job satisfaction."
    This funding is being announced, in part, to celebrate International
Women's Week, March 2 to 8, with its highlight, March 8, International Women's
Day. This year's theme, Strong Women, Strong World, refers not only to the
empowerment of women but also to the importance of women as caregivers,
educators, policymakers, activists, leaders, international peacemakers and
stewards of the world's environment.

    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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