Harper Government Supports Leadership Project for Francophone Girls and Young Women in PEI

MORELL, PE, June 18, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Status of Women, today announced Harper Government support for a project that will promote leadership among girls and young women in francophone communities across the province.

Ms. Truppe was in Morell to attend the 31st annual meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women. She was accompanied by the Honourable Valerie E. Docherty, PEI Minister of Community Services and Seniors and Minister responsible for the Status of Women.

"Our government is committed to the advancement of women's leadership throughout our country," said Minister Ambrose. "We are pleased to partner with Actions Femmes Î.-P.-É Inc. to create real leadership opportunities so that francophone and Acadian girls and young women can contribute to Canada's prosperity."

Since 2007, the Harper Government has invested $2.8 million in funding to 16 projects in PEI.

"I congratulate Actions Femmes Î.-P.-É Inc. for contributing to the success and well-being of young francophone women throughout PEI," said Ms. Truppe. "Today's announcement will make a real difference to the Island's francophone community."

"This is an excellent opportunity to work with our federal partners to encourage prosperity and leadership among girls and young women throughout the Island's vibrant francophone population," said Minister Docherty.

Actions Femmes Î.-P.-É Inc. is receiving $165,000 in Government of Canada funding for a 24-month project that will promote leadership capacity among francophone and Acadian girls and young women aged 15 to 24 in six official language minority communities across PEI.

"We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to create real leadership opportunities for young women here in PEI," said Ms. Anastasia DesRoches, Coordinator of Actions Femmes Î.-P.-É Inc. "With this funding, we will develop strategies and action-oriented, community-based projects to address the challenges facing these girls and young women."

Participants in the project will learn to identify and overcome barriers to leadership while developing their skills and confidence in such areas as facilitation, public presentation and debating. The girls and young women will also benefit from a mentoring component with community organizations, municipal councils and business leaders.

The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, federal support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting more than 600 projects country-wide.

SOURCE: Status of Women Canada

For further information:

For media inquiries only:             

Michael Bolkenius 
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
819-997-5421

For all other inquiries, contact: 

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
613-995-7839

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