Government of Canada supports Vancouver women's organizations in breaking down barriers



    VANCOUVER, July 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Women and girls in the Vancouver area
will be empowered, gain new skills and be better able to leave abusive
relationships, thanks to Government of Canada support.
    On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie,
Ms. Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, today
announced funding to two organizations for projects that will support
opportunities for women and girls in the Vancouver area.
    The two organizations will receive a total of $483,312 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.
    "By supporting these projects, our Government is taking action to empower
women to take leadership roles in building stronger communities, to carry out
work to end violence against women, and to address the barriers that women
face to their full participation in the economic, social and democratic life
of Canada," said Minister Verner. "These projects will impact women in the
Vancouver area and beyond, particularly those who experience discrimination or
abuse."
    "Our Government recognizes the important contributions women make at all
levels of society," said Ms. Grewal. "Once empowered and given opportunities,
women rise to the challenge. This funding supports women's participation
through effective, results-focused action that addresses their unique needs
and interests."
    
    The following two organizations will receive funding:

    - The Philippine Women Centre of BC, based in Vancouver, will receive
      $262,212, for its project entitled Breaking the Silence: Eliminating
      Violence through Filipino Women's Empowerment.
    - Vancouver Status of Women, based in Vancouver, will receive $221,100
      for the Leadership Empowerment Activism Program (LEAP).
    

    "Our project aims to empower Filipino women to leave abusive
relationships," said Glecy Duran, Project Coordinator of the Philippine Women
Centre of BC. "It also empowers them with the skills, knowledge and
opportunities they need in the long term to fully participate in every facet
of life in Canada."
    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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