Government of Canada supports project to fight violence against women in Quebec's North Shore region



    BAIE-COMEAU, QC, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is
pleased to support the Regroupement des femmes de la Côte-Nord in carrying out
its project entitled Sur la Côte-Nord, des ressources accessibles pour toutes
les femmes et les filles victimes d'agressions sexuelles (Accessible Resources
for all North Shore Women and Girls who are Victims of Sexual Assault). The
initiative addresses the issue of violence against low-income and Aboriginal
women living in remote North Shore communities by promoting awareness among
at-risk women and providing assistance for victims who file a complaint
through the legal system.
    "Fewer than 10 per cent of women who are sexually assaulted file a
complaint with the police," said the Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of
State (Status of Women). "Fear, isolation, taboos, prejudices and lack of
knowledge about available resources and the legal process all undermine the
ability of women and girls to confront their assailants. Our Government is
proud to support the Regroupement des femmes de la Côte-Nord's project, which
will work to empower low-income women and Aboriginal women living in remote
areas of Quebec's North Shore to take the first steps toward healing and
regaining control over their lives, and eventually increasing their
participation in society."
    "We are deeply concerned by the fact that the North Shore has the
second-highest rate of sexual offences of all regions in Quebec," said Ms.
Claudine Emond, Coordinator for the Regroupement des femmes de la Côte-Nord.
"Thanks to this support from the Government of Canada, we will be better able
to raise awareness among women and girls at risk of being abused, through a
series of workshops aimed at stopping sexual violence. Training will also be
provided to service providers to help and guide women who wish to file a
complaint."
    To carry out the Sur la Côte-Nord, des ressources accessibles pour toutes
les femmes et les filles victimes d'agressions project, the Regroupement des
femmes de la Côte-Nord will receive $80,311 through 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
levels.
    The Government of Canada also provided additional funding of $6 million
in 2006-07 to improve violence prevention programs and enhance shelters for
abused women and their children in First Nations communities. And in March
2008, the Government provided an additional $2.2 million for up to five new
shelters in on-reserve communities.
    The Government of Canada remains committed to eliminating violence
against women in communities across Canada, to tackling crime by getting tough
on offenders and to improving services for victims.

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




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; Ce communiqué est également disponible en
français; For news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to
www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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