Government of Canada Supports Efforts to Combat Violence Against Women with Intellectual Disabilities



    WINNIPEG, Oct. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable Josée
Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, today announced a grant
to the Association for Community Living - Winnipeg for a project to combat
violence against women with intellectual disabilities.
    The project, aimed at providing support and skills training to women with
intellectual disabilities, will receive an investment of $101,498 from the
Government of Canada.
    "Violence against women has a devastating effect on the lives of its
victims, and such violence is all the more devastating when directed at women
with intellectual disabilities." Ms. Smith said. "The Government of Canada is
pleased to support thjs project that will provide support and training to 45
women to respond to issues relating to violence against them."
    "We are pleased that the federal government is supporting the Manitoba
Women in Harm's Way - Addressing the Silent Abuse project, which will help
this vulnerable group of women to participate more fully and more safely in
community life," said Ms. Marsha Dozar of the Association for Community Living
- Winnipeg.
    Minister Verner announced on October 11 that 60 projects will receive
funding totalling $8 million through the Women's Program of Status of Women
Canada. The projects will have an impact on 260,000 women and girls across
Canada. The Minister stated, "The Government of Canada is pleased to support
projects aimed at ensuring the full participation of women in every aspect of
Canadian society."
    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural life of
Canada.
    For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/.

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For further information:

For further information: Richard Walker, Press Attaché, Office of the
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, (819)
997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director, Communications, Status of Women Canada,
(613) 995-7839; This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada
website: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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