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March 6, 2012
Ottawa, ON – Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women marked International Women’s Week by announcing Government of Canada support for new projects that address issues of violence and economic security affecting women and girls living in rural and remote communities, and small urban centres.
“I am pleased to announce our Government’s support for grassroots projects that address issues of violence and economic security affecting women and girls living in rural and remote communities,” said Minister Ambrose. “In every region of Canada, particularly in rural and remote regions, women play important roles in their families and communities, and are key to our country’s prosperity.”Each year during International Women’s Week, Canadians celebrate and reflect on women’s participation and leadership in Canada and around the world. This year, Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day and Week is Strong Women, Strong Canada – Women in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities: Key to Canada’s Economic Prosperity.
Eligible community-based organizations from across Canada will address the issues of violence and economic security affecting women and girls living in rural and remote communities, and small urban centres with Government of Canada funding of more than $12 million.
“Through targeted action, the Government of Canada supports the economic security and prosperity of women and girls in rural and remote communities, works to advance their leadership opportunities and forges ahead on ending violence against women,” said Minister Ambrose.
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 each year, its highest level ever.
A backgrounder is attached providing the list of organizations receiving funding today through this Call for Proposals.
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For more information, please contact:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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