Government of Canada supports project to assist P.E.I. women survivors of violence



    SUMMERSIDE, PEI, Aug. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Helena Guergis,
Minister of State (Status of Women) today announced support to Justice Options
for Women Inc. for a project aimed at ending all forms of violence and
discrimination against women and girls, and at developing leadership skills
among women at high risk of experiencing violence in Prince Edward Island.
    Justice Options for Women Inc., a Charlottetown-based provincial
initiative dedicated to encouraging and developing safe and effective
responses to violence against women in P.E.I., will receive funding for its
project, Circles of Safety and Support: Building Capacity.
    "I am proud of our Government's support for this worthwhile project,
which provides concrete and effective measures to increase women's safety in
Prince Edward Island," said Minister of State Guergis. "Through this
initiative, Justice Options for Women Inc. will build confidence and
leadership skills among women survivors of violence, ensuring they have the
opportunity to participate fully in their communities."
    "Our organization works to increase supportive justice options for women
who experience violence, and to increase safety, support and equality for
women," said Ms. Roxanne Carter-Thompson, President, Justice Options for Women
Inc. "Through the Circles of Safety project, some 100 Island women survivors
of violence will benefit from mentoring sessions by becoming peer mentors to
an additional 100 women survivors of violence. Further sessions for 240
service providers will help sustain the process, so it can continue to benefit
Island women in crisis."
    Justice Options for Women Inc. will receive $216,480 from the Women's
Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. The objective
of this Fund is to address the economic and social situation of women and
their participation in democratic life through projects that directly support
women in their communities.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women, and their full participation in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.

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www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839


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