Feds offering cash for violence against women and economic activity projects

MP David Wilks, acting on behalf of Rona Ambrose, minister of Public Works and Government Services and minister for Status of Women, has issued a call for proposals for projects that address issues of violence and economic security affecting women and girls living in rural and remote communities and small urban centres.

“Women living in rural and remote communities, and in small urban centres, face specific challenges concerning economic security and violence,” Wilks said in a statement. “Through this call for proposals, we are addressing these needs.”

Ambrose said the government “is proud to work with community organizations across Canada to help end violence against women, improve their economic prosperity and promote women in leadership roles.”

Status of Women Canada accepts applications to the Women’s Program on an ongoing basis. From September 26 until November 4, 2011, the Women’s Program will also accept applications for this targeted call under the following two thematic areas:

*   community planning to reduce violence against women and girls in rural communities and small urban centres in Canada; and
*   community planning for women’s economic security in rural and remote communities in Canada.

Through Status of Women Canada alone, the government’s support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, growing from $10.8 million to $19 million – its highest level ever.

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