Minister Guergis announces support for Inuit women's anti-violence project

    OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is pleased to
support Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada in carrying out its project Inuit
Women Taking the Lead in Family Violence and Abuse Prevention. The project
focuses on women's leadership development and the elimination of violence
against Inuit women and girls, increasing their ability to participate in the
life of their community.
    "Through our Government's support for this project, we are making abuse
the priority issue it must be if we are to eliminate all forms of violence
against Inuit women and their children," said the Honourable Helena Guergis,
Minister of State (Status of Women). "This initiative provides women and
front-line workers with culturally relevant resources to promote healing and
to empower Inuit women to take charge of their lives and improve their social
and economic well-being. I am honoured to be part of a Government that
recognizes the significance of this project and the overall need to take
concrete steps to end violence against all women."
    "This project, which builds on the momentum of previous initiatives in
the areas of abuse and community wellness, is vitally important because it is
an investment in wellness, knowledge transfer, information exchange and skill
building for Inuit women," said Tracy O'Hearn, Executive Director, Pauktuutit
Inuit Women of Canada. "Thanks to the Government of Canada's support for this
project, we are raising awareness and improving access to culturally relevant
programs and services, effectively addressing social issues and historical
trauma in our efforts to return balance to the greater Inuit community."
    To carry out the project, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada will receive
$441,118 through the Women's Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status
of Women Canada. This Fund supports eligible organizations in carrying out
projects at the local, regional and national levels.
    The mandate of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is to address a broad
range of social, economic and health issues facing Inuit women at the
community, regional, national and international levels. The primary objective
of the organization is to lead and support Canadian Inuit women in policy
development and community projects geared toward their social, cultural and
political advancement. All Canadian Inuit women are members of Pauktuutit.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women, and their full participation in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of 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.
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