Minister Guergis launches teaching modules encouraging young women to become politically involved



    OTTAWA, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of
State (Status of Women), today joined students at Glashan Intermediate School
to launch the Experiences teaching modules, created by Equal Voice to engage
youth in discussion about the democratic participation of girls and women.
    "I am delighted to be here today, to launch the Experiences project, here
at Glashan Intermediate School," said Minister Guergis. "The Experiences
project is about women in leadership and how women who take on the challenge
of political life are viewed in society - especially by the media. The
Experiences project is an excellent example of what our Government is doing to
engage young women and girls, to encourage them to enter politics and to raise
awareness about the situation of women in the democratic process."
    "It makes a difference when we encourage girls to learn about how our
democratic system works," said Ms. Donna Dasko, Acting National Chair of Equal
Voice/A voix égales. "It's also important to create awareness among boys and
girls alike about gender bias in media coverage of political candidates and
leaders. Equal Voice designed the Experiences teaching modules to do all this
and more, and we're excited to launch them today at Glashan School."
    "The Media Awareness Network works to help today's media-savvy youth
become truly media literate, equipped with the critical thinking skills they
need to 'read' the messages that inform, entertain and sell to us daily,
including those that reflect gender bias and stereotype," said Ms. Jane
Tallim, Co-Executive Director of Media Awareness Network (MNet). "These
teaching modules, developed through the Experiences project, will do exactly
that, challenging boys and girls alike to see through gender stereotypes, and
better understand the impact of such biases on women in leadership and
democratic participation."
    The teaching modules are part of Equal Voice's Experiences project, to
which Status of Women Canada provided $1,208,404 through the Women's
Partnership Fund of the Women's Program. Other financial or in-kind partners
contributing to the Experiences project include: TD Bank, the Canadian
Teachers Federation, CANARIE, Media Awareness Network, Ottawa Centre for
Research and Innovation, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Girl
Guides of Canada, Historica, Antigone Foundation, Canadian Women in
Communications, YWCA Canada, TakingITGlobal and Merck Frosst.

    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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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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