Government of Canada supports opportunities for women and girls in Halifax



    HALIFAX, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Women and girls in the Halifax area will
be empowered, gain new skills and be better able to protect themselves from
violence, all 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 Peter MacKay, Minister of Defence and Minister of the Atlantic
Canada Opportunities Agency, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, today
announced funding to three organizations for projects that will support
opportunities for women and girls in the Halifax area.
    The three organizations will receive a total of $349,964 in funding over
three years 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.
    "A strong country means a country in which women and girls can
participate, make a contribution and realize their dreams," said Minister
Verner. "Our Government is committed to promoting equality for women and
girls, and to achieving real results in communities across Canada. In the
Halifax area, these three projects will not only help to break down barriers
to success for women and girls, they will empower them to strive for their
best."
    "Our Government believes every girl and woman in Canada should have
access to opportunities to fulfill her potential," said Minister MacKay.
"These innovative projects address the economic, social and educational
realities of Halifax and beyond."
    The following three organizations will receive funding:

    
    - The Young Women's Christian Association of Halifax (YWCA Halifax) will
      receive $148,639 for its project entitled Standing Our Ground.
    - The All Women's Empowerment and Development Association (AWEDA) will
      receive $142,700 for its project entitled AWEDA Immigrant Women's
      Enterprise Initiative.
    - Pink Dog Productions will receive $58,625 for its project entitled
      Second Chances.
    

    "Our project will reach out to mothers who have experienced abuse from
their own children," said Tanis Crosby, Executive Director of YWCA Halifax.
"Through a series of workshops, we will build women's health and safety, while
improving their skills in taking action to end the abuse."
    As announced in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada 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.

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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; For news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca


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