Government of Canada supports women's groups in Toronto



    TORONTO, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Women of diverse backgrounds in Toronto
will have access to the tools they need to build a brighter future for
themselves thanks to two projects that are receiving support from the
Government of Canada.
    On behalf of The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages, Bruce Stanton, M.P. (Simcoe North),
today announced an investment by the federal government for the projects,
which will benefit women from a variety of communities across the city. A
total of $220,162 in funding will be provided to two organizations in the
Greater Toronto Area:

    
    - $182,200 to the Redwood for Women and Children Fleeing Abuse for a
      project entitled Women Move Forward; and
    - $37,962 to Community Care East York for a project entitled Cosburn
      Centre's Older Women Support Group.
    

    "These initiatives fulfill the goals of the Women's Community Fund -
working toward the full participation of women in the economic, social and
democratic life of this country, starting at the grass roots level and
reaching across communities and across Toronto," said Minister Verner. "These
projects will touch the lives of women who are often marginalized, and provide
them with real opportunities and positive, life-changing results."
    "These projects will go a long way toward creating a brighter future for
the women of Toronto," said Mr. Stanton. "The value of community in empowering
women is at the very heart of the Women's Community Fund, and these two
initiatives reflect that."
    "All too often, newcomer women facing family violence are silenced due to
a number of barriers that may be systemic and/or personal, inadvertently
putting themselves and their families at risk," said Ms. Anthia Windsor, Board
President of the Redwood for Women and Children Fleeing Abuse. "Our
organization developed this project to reach out to those most isolated and at
risk, to effectively support their transition to a safe and secure environment
for themselves and their children."
    These projects were approved under 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.

    This funding is being announced, in part, to celebrate International
Women's Week, March 2 to 8, with its highlight, March 8, International Women's
Day. This year's theme, Strong Women, Strong World, refers not only to the
empowerment of women but also to the importance of women as caregivers,
educators, policymakers, activists, leaders, international peacemakers and
stewards of the world's environment.

    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 more information on Status of Women Canada, visit
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/.

    Ce texte est également disponible en français.
    This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada website:
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
(819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director, Communications, Status of Women
Canada, (613) 995-7839


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