Government of Canada supports project for women in Kitchener-Waterloo

    KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal government is
pleased to provide support to K-W Counselling Services Inc., as it launches
Money and Making It On Your Own, a project that addresses the issues of
economic security, economic prosperity and gender-based violence, as they
affect immigrant and refugee women in Kitchener-Waterloo. The Honourable
Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), made the announcement
today at the counselling centre on Charles Street East in Kitchener.
    The project:

    - will equip 125 immigrant and refugee women with the knowledge, skills
      and tools to reduce the incidence of abuse in their lives, and become
      leaders in their families and communities; and
    - in consultation with a 30-woman advisory committee, will assist five
      immigrant/refugee women to develop financial literacy workshops.

    "Research has shown that the main reason most women stay in abusive
situations is because they feel they cannot manage financially," said Minister
Guergis. "This is particularly true for newcomers to Canada. By helping
immigrant and refugee women become financially literate, this project will
empower these women to attain economic security, prosperity and safety, for
themselves and their families."
    "We are grateful to the Government of Canada and to Minister Guergis for
supporting our efforts to help immigrant and refugee women in overcoming
isolation and breaking free of domestic violence," said Ms. Leslie Josling,
Executive Director of K-W Counselling Services Inc. "Through this project, we
will be able to offer improved services and outreach to a vulnerable sector of
the population."
    K-W Counselling Services Inc. will receive $119,000 over 18 months for
Money and Making It On Your Own. The project's objectives are:

    - to increase the economic security of immigrant and refugee women,
      enabling them to leave abusive situations; and
    - to develop culturally relevant domestic violence services in the
      Kitchener-Waterloo area, to meet the needs of immigrant and refugee
      women living with abuse.

    Funding for the Money and Making It On Your Own project comes from the
Women's Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada.

    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

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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; For news releases and
information on Status of Women Canada, go to

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