The Government of Canada supports efforts to combat violence against girls and women



    QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of The Honourable
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official
Languages, Sylvie Boucher, Member of Parliament for Beauport-Limoilou, today
announced a grant to the YWCA of Québec for a project to combat violence
against girls and young women.
    The project, aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of violence
against women among teenagers aged nine to 17, will receive an investment of
$20,538 from the Government of Canada. Initially, 196 girls and young women
will access an early intervention program that will focus on helping them make
better lifestyle choices to prevent or avoid violent situations.
    "Our Government believes in supporting those who are working to make
violence against girls and women a thing of the past," said Ms. Boucher. "Much
work remains to be done, but it is through projects like this one, by the
YWCA, that we will make progress."
    "We are delighted that the federal government is helping us to help our
teenagers avoid all forms of violence in their lives," said Ms. Ginette Defoy,
Director General of the Québec YWCA.
    Minister Verner announced on October 11 that numerous projects will
receive funding totalling $8 million through the Women's Program of Status of
Women Canada. The projects will have an impact on more than 260,000 women and
girls across Canada. The Minister stated, "The Government of Canada is pleased
to support projects aimed at ensuring the full participation of women in every
aspect of Canadian society."

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural life of
Canada.

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




For further information:

For further information: Richard Walker, Press Attaché, 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; 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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