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ANTIGONISH, NS, April 22 – Senior women and Aboriginal and African Nova Scotian women and girls in rural Northeastern Nova Scotia will receive the help they need to avoid being the targets of violence, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, today announced funding to the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre for their project, Violence Against Women and Girls: A Rural Response.
Funding for the project in the amount of $357,952 was approved under 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 level. To qualify, the initiatives must work toward the equality and full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.
“As we have done in other parts of the country, the Government of Canada is proud to support efforts to end violence against girls and women in rural Nova Scotia,” stated Minister Verner. “By funding the work of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre, an organization with a longstanding commitment to Nova Scotian women, our Government is helping to create lasting change at the grass-roots level, in the lives of vulnerable women and girls.”
“The Government of Canada supports women’s full participation in the life of the country,” said the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay. “Rural, Aboriginal and African Nova Scotian communities will benefit from this unique project that draws on the skills and expertise of three women’s centres in Northeastern Nova Scotia.”
Violence Against Women and Girls: A Rural Response is a 24-month collaborative project to assess and address the issues of violence facing girls and women in under-serviced communities in rural northeastern Nova Scotia. Through community education, improved services and culturally sensitive programming, the project seeks to reduce both the incidence of violence against girls and women in the region and the resultant costs, not only to the health care, justice and social service delivery systems but to society as a whole.
“We are pleased to have the support of the Government of Canada in this exciting new project, which will reach girls and women in under-serviced communities,” said Ms. Lucille Harper, Executive Director of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre. “By working with two other women’s centres in the region, we can develop responses to particular forms of violence against women and share our knowledge with communities across Northeastern Nova Scotia.”
As announced in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada will develop an Action Plan to advance equality for women by improving their economic and social conditions, and their participation in democratic life.
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 Canada.
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For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, (819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839; Ce texte est également disponible en français. This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada website: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.
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