VANCOUVER, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie
Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with
John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea
to Sky Country, and Wai Young, Member of Parliament for Vancouver
South, announced funding for the Society for Canadian Women in Science
and Technology in support of a new project to help women succeed in
Canada's technology sector.
"Our government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term
prosperity for all Canadians," said Minister Leitch. "I am pleased to
announce our support for this project, which will equip women with the
skills they need to succeed in the digital economy."
"Helping women to succeed in British Columbia and across the country is
an important priority for the Government of Canada," said MP Weston.
"Canadian women have enormous potential to offer the technology field.
Their contributions to this sector will strengthen the economy and
benefit us all."
"There are many opportunities for women to contribute to our economic
prosperity and growth here in British Columbia," said MP Young. "This
project will open doors for women who want to work in the technology
sector, and it will provide valuable training and mentorship to help
The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology is receiving $285,374 for a 36-month project that will assist women in the lower mainland of
British Columbia to pursue careers in the technology sector. The
organization will reach out to women with some background in
technology, at different points in their education and career, and
match them with three local technology companies-Webnames.ca, NetApp
and Rhodium Business Services Ltd. They will be provided with
mentorship opportunities, leadership training and professional
"Addressing the gender gap in the technology field is an important
challenge and our organization is committed to encouraging more women
to pursue these types of careers," said Rosine Hage Moussa, President
of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology. "This
funding will allow us to help talented women in British Columbia, not
only to join the technology field, but to develop the skills they need
This project is being announced during Women's History Month and is part of the Government of Canada's Women in Technology Projects initiative, which aims to provide women with an opportunity to play a
greater role in the Canadian Digital Economy, where they remain
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families,
communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, federal
support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since
2006-2007, supporting more than 600 projects across Canada. Since 2007,
more than $46 million has been approved through the Women's Program for
projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity.
Women's History Month
Since 1992, the Government of Canada has designated October as Women's History Month to celebrate the contributions of women, past and present, who have
helped shape our nation.
The theme for Women's History Month 2013 is Canadian Women Pioneers: Inspiring Change Through Ongoing Leadership. Throughout the month of October, the Government of Canada will
highlight women's participation and leadership in various fields,
including science and technology, engineering and trades, business and
entrepreneurs, natural resources, medicine and medical research.
International Day of the Girl
International Day of the Girl is celebrated each year on October 11th, and in Canada, this day also forms part of the Government of Canada's
celebrations for Women's History Month.
International Day of the Girl promotes equal treatment, and freedom from violence and abuse, for
girls around the world. It also promotes equal opportunities for girls
worldwide in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, and education.
Persons Day is celebrated annually on October 18th, during Women's History Month. This day marks a pivotal moment in
Canadian history when, on October 18, 1929, women were first included
in the legal definition of "persons" in Canada. It was a turning point
in the quest for equal rights.
The Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were created in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Persons Case, which changed the course of history for women in Canada. Each year,
five recipients are chosen from across Canada. Two are from the youth
category (15 to 30 years of age). Recipients of these Awards continue
the tradition of courage, integrity and hard work that the Famous Five of the Persons Case inspired.
Facts and Statistics for Women's History Month 2013
Since 1991, women have represented a majority of university graduates in
Canada. Of the 242,000 university students who graduated in 2007, 61%
There has been steady growth in labour force participation among women
with young children. In 2009, 64.4% of women with children under the
age of 3 were employed, more than double the proportion of 27.6% in
Women represent 47.5% of the Canadian workforce, yet remain
under-represented in sectors such as the skilled trades and science and
In 2012, women held just 11.8% of construction jobs, 19% of forestry,
fishing, mining, oil and gas jobs, and 30.5% of agricultural jobs.
In the information technology professions, women maintained the same 25%
of jobs from 2000 to 2010, despite increasing demands for these skills.
In 2007, despite representing 3.0% of enrolments in the electrical,
electronic and related trades, only 1.5% of all graduates from these
programs were women.
In 2009, women made up only 2.2% of registered apprenticeship
completions in the building construction, electrical, industrial and
mechanical, metal fabrication, and motor vehicle and heavy equipment
trades; and only 6.9% overall working in trades, transport, equipment
operations and related occupations - representing the largest
currently-untapped human resource to meet these occupational needs.
For more information on Women's History Month and commemorative dates,
please visit women.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O. Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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