VANCOUVER, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister
of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of
Women, today announced Government of Canada support for a project to
create more leadership opportunities for girls and young women in
"Our government recognizes the enormous potential of girls and young
women to take on leadership roles in our communities," said Minister
Ambrose. "This promising new project with the Justice Education Society
of British Columbia will help us ensure that Canadian girls and young
women have what it takes to become leaders and decision makers."
The Justice Education Society of British Columbia is receiving $200,000 from the Harper Government for a 24-month project to help girls and
young women aged 15 to 25 in seven Metro Vancouver communities to
develop new leadership skills. Participants will engage with local
decision-makers and lead activities to address barriers to their
participation in civic and political life.
"We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to create civic
leadership opportunities for girls and young women," said Mr. Rick
Craig, Executive Director of the Justice Education Society of British
Columbia. "By working together to remove barriers to opportunity, we
are helping girls and young women to take on leadership roles in their
This project is being supported under Status of Women Canada's Call for
Proposals, Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed. The Government of Canada has approved more than $5.9 million in funding under this call for projects that promote leadership and
prosperity among girls and young women.
The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families,
communities and the country. The government's support through Status of
Women Canada for community-based projects has nearly doubled since
2007, supporting over 600 projects.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
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Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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