Government of Canada supports Niagara area women's projects

    WELLAND, ON, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Women and girls in the Niagara Region
will gain the skills and knowledge they need to fulfil their potential,
participate in the economy and protect themselves and their families from
violence, thanks to help from the Government of Canada.
    The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), today
announced support for three projects in the Niagara area that will
significantly benefit Aboriginal women, women facing multiple barriers to
employment and women from diverse backgrounds who share the experience of
family violence.
    "Our Government stands by its commitment to advance equality for Canadian
women," said Minister Guergis. "By supporting projects that give women and
girls the tools they need to empower themselves, access employment, strengthen
their economic security and take on the challenges of leadership, we are
making a real difference in the lives of Canadians."
    Three organizations will receive a total of $199,134 in funding over two
years from the Women's Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status of
Women Canada. This fund supports eligible organizations to carry out projects
at the local, regional and national levels. To qualify, initiatives must seek
to advance equality for women and their full participation in the economic,
social and democratic life of Canada.
    The following three organizations will receive support from the Women's
Community Fund:

    - Niagara Women's Enterprise Centre will receive $90,300 for its project,
      Investing in Women's Futures.
    - Niagara Chapter, Native Women Inc. will receive $56,968 for its
      project, Moving Ourselves Forward.
    - Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre will receive $51,866
      for its project, Understanding Family Violence in our Culturally
      Diverse Society.

    "This support will make a big difference in the lives of unemployed and
underemployed women in the Niagara Region," said Ms. Betty Ann Baker,
Executive Director of the Niagara Women's Enterprise Centre in Welland. "The
funding will allow participants, many of whom are newcomers to Canada, to gain
pre-employment and employment retention skills, and to receive valuable life
skills coaching from peer mentors. Thanks to the Government of Canada, these
women have a real chance at a brighter future."

    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

For further information:

For further information: Elyse Newbert, Special Assistant,
Communications, Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819)
956-4000; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic
Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613") 995-7839; Ce texte est également
disponible en français; For news releases and information on Status of Women
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