Government of Canada supports projects for women in New Brunswick



    MONCTON, NB, Jan. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Women in the Greater Moncton area and
throughout New Brunswick will be empowered to leave situations of violence and
gain greater access to employment opportunities and improved economic
security, thanks to help from the Government of Canada.
    The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), today
announced support for three projects that will benefit women victims of
violence in six French-speaking rural regions, low-income mothers in rural New
Brunswick, and francophone women from ethnocultural minority communities in
the Greater Moncton area.
    "Our Government is continuing to deliver on our commitment to equality
for Canadian women," said Minister Guergis. "By supporting projects that give
women the tools they need to empower themselves, access employment, strengthen
their economic security and take on the challenge of leadership, we are making
a real difference in the lives of Canadians."
    "This announcement reflects our government's commitment to address the
needs of New Brunswick women and to work with women's organizations to achieve
real results," said the Honourable Gregory Francis Thompson, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest.
    Three organizations will receive a total of $799,243 in funding from the
Women's Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. This
Fund supports eligible organizations to carry out projects at the local,
regional and national levels. To qualify, the initiatives must work toward the
equality and full participation of women in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.
    The following three organizations will receive funding:

    
    - Support to Single Parents Inc./Support aux parents uniques inc. will
      receive $300,000 for its project entitled Building Sustainable
      Livelihoods for Low-Income Women through Co-operative Enterprise
      Development.
    - The Collectivité ingénieuse de la Péninsule acadienne (CIPA) inc. of
      Paquetville, will receive $299,243 for its project entitled ParCelles,
      a web package of community products to support women who are victims of
      violence.
    - The Collectif des femmes du Nouveau-Brunswick will receive $200,000 for
      its project entitled Modèle d'intégration professionnelle pour les
      femmes francophones issues des communautés ethnoculturelles dans la
      région de Moncton.
    

    "This support will make such a difference for single parents and their
families across the Greater Moncton area," said Ms. Nancy Hartling, Executive
Director of Support to Single Parents Inc./Support aux parents uniques inc.
"It enables us to provide support, training and mentoring to low-income women
to help them build assets and sustainable livelihoods through a range of
resources, such as co-op development, business training, workshops on
budgeting, financial and computer literacy, management, governance, and the
mentorship and coaching of successful businesswomen in our community."
    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.




For further information:

For further information: Elyse Newbert, Special Assisant,
Communications, Office of the Minister of State (Status of and Strategic
Planning Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General,
Communications, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839; Ce texte est également
disponible en français. For news releases and information on Status of Women
Canada, go to http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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