Government of Canada supports North End Women's Resource Centre Inc.



    WINNIPEG, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Women in Winnipeg's North End will now
have access to the tools they need to help them escape from poverty and build
a brighter future for themselves, as a result of a project being supported by
the Government of Canada.
    On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages, Ms. Joy Smith, M.P.
(Kildonan-St. Paul), today announced that the federal government will invest
in the North End Women's Resource Centre Inc. for its Women's EmPOWERment
Project.
    "In every way, this initiative fulfills 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 Winnipeg," said
Minister Verner. "This project will touch the lives of women who are often
marginalized, and provide them with real opportunities and positive,
life-changing results."
    The project will receive a total of $179,191 in funding, which 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.
    "This project will go a long way toward creating a brighter future for
the women of Winnipeg," said Ms. Smith. "The value of community in empowering
women is at the very heart of the Women's Community Fund, and this initiative
reflects that."
    "Many women in Winnipeg's North End struggle with poverty," said
Ms. Patty Parsons, Executive Director of the North End Women's Resource Centre
Inc. "The goal of our project is to empower these women, and to build their
confidence, strength and skills so they can speak for themselves and negotiate
on their own behalf, make informed decisions and take ownership of the issues
that impact their lives."
    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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