GASPÉ, QC, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister
of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of
Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of
Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government of
Canada support for a project that will help build leadership skills
among young Anglophone and First Nations women in the Gaspé region of
"All Canadians benefit when women and girls of all backgrounds are
empowered and equipped to take on leadership roles, said Minister
Leitch. "That is why we are supporting these projects - because our
Government is committed to supporting the full participation of women
in the social, economic, and democratic life of Canada."
"Our Government recognizes and believes in the tremendous leadership
potential of girls and young women in our communities," said Minster
Lebel. "We are very pleased to support this project which will empower
young women in the Gaspé to be leaders."
The Committee for Anglophone Social Action is receiving $74,215 from the Government of Canada for a project to increase leadership
opportunities for Anglophone and First Nations girls and young women in
the Quebec communities of New Richmond, Bonaventure, New Carlisle,
Chandler, and Gaspé. Various activities, including a series of
workshops, will be carried out in participating schools to enhance
participants' leadership skills.
"If we want girls and young women to succeed in the future, we must
empower them today," said Ms. Cathy Brown, Executive Director,
Committee for Anglophone Social Action. "An important way to combat
gender-based violence, poverty, unemployment and drop-out rates among
Anglophone and First Nations girls and young women is to help them gain
confidence, knowledge and leadership skills, then give them a chance to
use those skills to make a difference, right here at home."
The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families,
communities and the country. More than $5.9 million has been approved under a call for proposals for projects that
promote leadership and prosperity among girls and young women. Through
Status of Women Canada, federal government support for community-based
projects has nearly doubled since 2007, supporting more than 600
projects across the country.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C.,
O. Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
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Status of Women Canada
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