Government of Canada supports innovative projects for New Brunswick women



    MONCTON, NB, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Women and girls in New Brunswick will
be better able to protect themselves from violence and to develop financial
independence, and Acadian women will be able to participate in the development
of a global plan of action for the Acadian community, thanks to support from
the Government of Canada.
    On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, the
Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Member of
Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, today announced funding to three
organizations for projects that will benefit women throughout New Brunswick.
    The three organizations will receive a total of $144,419 in funding from
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 is pleased to support these projects, which address
fundamental challenges facing women in Canada today," said Minister Verner.
"Social change begins at the local level. By funding local partners, we are
helping to motivate the changes needed to address serious issues like violence
against girls and women, and to promote women's well-being and economic
autonomy."
    "As Minister Responsible for New Brunswick, I am proud these projects,
which are geared to women from many walks of life, will bring much-needed help
and results for New Brunswickers," said Minister Thompson. "By supporting
these organizations, our government is helping to lead the way in tackling
critical issues like violence against women and women's economic insecurity."
    The following three organizations will receive funding:

    
    - The Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability will
      receive $63,475 for its project Women in Coastal Communities - Securing
      a Healthy Economic Future.
    - The Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick will receive $53,500
      for its project Les Femmes francophones regroupées et mobilisées pour
      un développement concerté (Francophone women come together and mobilize
      for concerted development).
    - Crossroads for Women Inc. / Carrefour pour femmes inc. will receive
      $27,444 for its project Recognizing the Signs of Family Violence and
      Promoting Healthy Relationships.
    

    "This funding will enable us to provide learning sessions on small
business ownership, in English and French, to 200 women in coastal
communities, and to provide ongoing business mentorship to 20 of them," said
Ms. Nadine Gauvin, Executive Director of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence
Coalition on Sustainability, established in 1975. Women in Coastal
Communities - Securing a Healthy Economic Future is an 11-month mentorship
project to train low-income participants to market their skills and services
and to promote sustainability in their communities.
    As announced in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada will develop an
Action Plan to advance equality for women.

    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 further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and
Minister for La Francophonie, (819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director
General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613)
995-7839; Ce texte est également disponible en français. For news releases and
information on Status of Women Canada, go to http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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