OTTAWA, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for
Status of Women, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry
and Minister of State (Agriculture), today announced Government of
Canada support for a project that will help a diversity of women to
acquire valuable leadership experience in the Lower St. Lawrence
"The Government of Canada is pleased to support projects like this,
which result in concrete results for women and girls, their families
and their communities," said Minister Ambrose. "This project will help
young women in particular not only strengthen their leadership skills
but also gain valuable experience, which will contribute to their
professional advancement and their prosperity."
"Our government remains focused on strengthening our economy by
supporting job creation, growth and prosperity for all Canadians, and
to do this, we need the full participation of women in the democratic
life of our communities," said Minister Paradis. "We are proud to fund
projects like this one that help to increase women's representation and
their leadership opportunities at the municipal level."
The Table de concertation des groupes de femmes du Bas-Saint-Laurent is receiving $203,580 in Government of Canada funding for its project Ensemble, visons la parité! [Together, working for parity!]. This 27-month project will provide mentoring to women candidates in the
next municipal election and create a mechanism for knowledge transfer
from women already in office.
"The Table de concertation des groupes de femmes du Bas-Saint-Laurent is
proud to help ensure that more women use their skills and their
experience in municipal councils," stated Brigitte Michaud, Coordinator
of the Table de concertation des groupes de femmes du
Bas-Saint-Laurent. "The Table will engage with decision-making bodies,
women and the general public to ensure greater representation of women
in the 2013 municipal elections."
The Table de concertation des groupes de femmes du Bas-Saint-Laurent is a women's action network bringing together 17 women's groups of the
Lower St. Lawrence. This group works in several areas that affect the
lives of women, including poverty, violence, health, and women's
leadership. The main objectives of the Table de concertation are to
develop solidarity among women and to ensure that their interests are
taken into consideration in the life of the region.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening
families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada,
the government's support for community-based projects has nearly
doubled since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million,
its highest level ever. Since 2007, more than $49 million in federal
funding has been approved for projects that seek to address violence
against women and girls.
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