The Government of Canada encourages women to become involved in politics



    SAINT-ANTOINE-DE-TILLY, QC, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - In a speech to
participants at the Femmes et démocratie summer school, the Honourable Josée
Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages
and Minister for La Francophonie, encouraged women to become involved in
politics. Minister Verner was the keynote speaker at a luncheon for the Femmes
et démocratie summer school organized by the Centre de développement Femmes et
gouvernance (Centre for Development of Women in Governance).
    "Our government is determined to increase the representation of qualified
women in decision-making bodies, particularly legislative assemblies, to
better reflect the composition of Canadian society," said Minister Verner.
"Femmes et démocratie summer school is an effective way to prepare women for
engagement in politics and their level of involvement is an important
indicator of our country's democratic health."
    The Minister also reiterated the need to support women's life and career
choices and facilitate their work-family balance, in order to promote their
participation in the labour force. The Government of Canada, through Status of
Women Canada, supports the work of women's groups and other Canadian
organizations combating barriers to the empowerment of women. The Government
is committed to developing an action plan to advance equality for women by
improving their economic and social situation and their participation in
Canada's democratic life.
    The Femmes et démocratie summer school gathers some 40 women each year to
provide them with training about municipal, provincial and federal political
institutions, as well as their respective electoral systems. This year, the
event takes place from June 7 to June 11 in Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly in the
Chaudières-Appalaches region of Quebec. The Femmes et démocratie summer school
is organized by the Centre de développement Femmes et gouvernance, a
partnership between the Groupe Femmes, politique et démocratie, Quebec's
public administration university, the Ecole nationale d'administration
publique, Quebec's Secrétariat à la condition féminine, and Status of Women
Canada.
    The Centre de développement Femmes et gouvernance was established thanks
to funding announced in December 2007 of $1.05 million over three years
provided by the Government of Canada and $600,000 over three years provided by
the Government of Quebec. The Ecole nationale d'administration publique and
the Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie provide expertise and logistical
services estimated at $300,000 and $150,000 respectively over the three years.

    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 news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.

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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


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