Government of Canada supports projects for Newfoundland and Labrador women survivors of violence



    LABRADOR CITY, NL, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Helena Guergis,
Minister of State (Status of Women), today announced support to the
Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre Inc. and
the Femmes francophones de l'Ouest du Labrador (FFOL) for projects that
address violence against women in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Through the project entitled Together we can: Empowering communities to
end sexual violence, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland and Labrador
Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre Inc. is addressing violence
against women and girls, and improving their safety throughout rural
Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Through the project entitled La violence... de quoi tu parles?
(Violence...what violence?), the FFOL is addressing family violence
experienced by French-speaking women and girls in isolated communities in
western Labrador.
    "The Government is committed to ending violence against women. That is
why I am proud of our Government's support for these two worthwhile projects,
which provide concrete and effective measures to increase women's safety in
Newfoundland and Labrador - particularly in rural and isolated communities,"
said Minister Guergis. "Through these initiatives, the organizations will
empower women and girls so they can take an active role in improving their
quality of life and participating in society."
    "This project will inform and empower women and girls in rural
communities across Newfoundland and Labrador who have experienced, or are at
risk of experiencing, sexual violence. It will help to also dispel myths and
misconceptions on sexual violence," said Ms. Karen Bennett, Chair of the Board
of Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre Inc.
"By educating service providers and front-line workers so that they are better
equipped to effectively address victims' needs, we will make a positive impact
on women and on the community."
    "In western Labrador, where communities are small and close-knit,
French-speaking women and young women rarely discuss the violence they have
experienced. Our initiative will reduce the isolation of Acadian and
Francophone women and young women in that region who face domestic violence,
and we will help them find solutions," said Ms. Charlotte Lessard-Cayouette,
President of Femmes francophones de l'Ouest du Labrador. "La violence... de
quoi tu parles? will bring women together to share, network, break the silence
on violence, and gain practical tools and new skills for improving their
lives."
    The Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre
Inc. is receiving $53,200 to carry out its project. The Centre's mandate is to
provide support and services to adults impacted by sexual violence, to educate
the public on sexual violence issues and to foster positive change in
society's attitudes.
    The FFOL is receiving $12,770 to carry out its project. The
organization's mandate is to promote the local, regional and provincial
development of French-speaking women and girls in Labrador.
    Funding for these two projects comes 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,
provincial/territorial and national levels.

    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.

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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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