The Centre de développement femmes et gouvernance established through the participation of the governments of Canada and Quebec



    QUEBEC, Dec. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of
Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and the Honourable
Christine St-Pierre, Quebec Minister of Culture, Communications and Status of
Women, today announced their financial contribution to the creation of the
Centre de développement femmes et gouvernance (Centre for Development of Women
in Governance) initiated by the Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie, in
collaboration with the Ecole nationale d'administration publique (ENAP).
    "The Government of Canada is pleased to support projects like the Centre
de développement femmes et gouvernance, which will prepare women to take on
key decision-making roles," said Minister Verner. "By ensuring they have the
skills, resources and supports they need to fully engage in the democratic
process, we are helping to promote women's full participation in the economic,
social and cultural life of the country."
    "The place of women in decision-making bodies has always been a core
issue for the women's movement. The Government of Quebec also shares this
goal," stated Ms. St-Pierre. "Quebec is able to rely on the expertise of many,
highly-qualified women who have the necessary skills and have demonstrated
their commitment to society. Their presence in decision-making processes helps
provide a more accurate picture of the diversity of opinions and values.
Ultimately, the decisions made better reflect this diversity."
    The funds provided by the Government of Canada ($1.05 million over three
years) and by the Government of Quebec ($600,000 over three years) will enable
the Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie to offer leadership training to
some 600 women in four regions of Quebec. This partnership will also allow the
Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie to play a key mentoring role with about
100 Quebec women interested in engaging in the democratic process. It will
also support an annual networking event for all participants and partners of
the Centre de développement femmes et gouvernance. For their part, ENAP and
the Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie will provide expertise and
logistical services estimated at $300,000 and $150,000 respectively over three
years.
    The goal of the Centre de développement femmes et gouvernance is to offer
training to women who demonstrate, through their potential and commitment, an
interest in participating in democratic life and decision-making bodies. The
three main areas covered by the training will be leadership, mentoring and
networking.
    "ENAP is proud to contribute, through the Centre de développement femmes
et gouvernance, to strengthening the presence of women in power circles within
the government machinery, both in the political and administrative spheres,
stated Mr. Proulx, Director General of ENAP. We are convinced that training is
a powerful means for promoting those that aspire to play a major role in
governing the State.
    "The Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie sees this centre as both an
extension and a cornerstone of its activities and the culture it has developed
over almost 10 years," enthused ENAP Co-founder and Director Elaine Hémond.
"It is a wonderful means of accelerating true equality, a goal to which we are
all contributing."
    This Centre is the first project approved under the Women's Partnership
Fund of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. The Partnership Fund
supports collaborative projects with eligible non-governmental organizations
in partnership with public institutions and other levels of government.
    The Centre de développement femmes et gouvernance also addresses one of
the measures in the Government of Quebec's 2007-2010 Action Plan regarding
equality between women and men entitled "Pour que l'égalité de droit devienne
une égalité de fait." The purpose of this measure is to develop and encourage
projects, notably with the academic community, to increase the presence of
women in decision-making circles. The funds provided to the Centre de
développement femmes et gouvernance by the Government of Quebec are allocated
for implementation of the action plan.




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 of Communications, Status of Women
Canada, (613) 995-7839; Marie-Hélène Paradis, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, Government of
Quebec, (418) 380-2310; Alexina Bouchard, Director of Public Relations, Office
of the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, Government
of Quebec, (418) 380-2363, ext. 226; 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.


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