Government of Canada invests $ 1.3 million in three organizations supporting women in Newfoundland and Labrador
ST. JOHN’S, NL, June 11, 2021 / CNW / – A strong and vibrant women‘s and equality movement is part of the foundation for a more inclusive society Canada – one where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. The government of Canada continues to support organizations that ensure that all women, as well as victims and survivors of human trafficking, have the tools and support they need to heal and take back control of their lives. By investing in women’s organizations, the government of Canada helps ensure that women and their communities can thrive now and in the future.
Today, the Honorable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honorable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced funding of 1 , $ 3 million for three community organizations Newfoundland and Labrador who support women.
Through the Women’s Program, the Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Newfoundland and the Labrador Women Entrepreneurs Organization will each receive $ 450,000 to address organizational capacity and promote social and systemic change towards gender equality.
As part of the Human Trafficking Initiative, the Association for New Canadians will receive $ 400,000 advance knowledge and enhance empowerment supports through promising intervention practices for populations at risk, as well as victims and survivors of human trafficking across the province.
Funding announced today will help these organizations increase their capacity to continue to support women and girls, as well as victims and survivors of human trafficking in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We invest $ 1.3 million in local organizations that empower women across our province. This is how we are recovering from this pandemic in a way that works for everyone, especially the hardest hit. We will build a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient economy right here at Newfoundland and Labrador. ”
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources
- Since 2015, Women and Gender Equality Canada has supported more than 220 projects aimed at preventing and combating gender-based violence and more than 190 projects in support of women’s economic security, including 26 projects in the Newfoundland and Labrador.
- It is estimated that projects funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada reached approximately six million people in 2019-2020, reducing barriers in the areas of economic equality and gender-based violence, and building capacity and confidence in areas of leadership.
- In june 2020, Canada has been recognized by CARE as having the most gender-sensitive plan to deal with COVID-19.
- Despite strong laws and global protocols, it has been estimated that human trafficking generates around 150 billion dollars per year in criminal profits around the world. It disproportionately affects women and children. In Canada, 95% of the victims identified by the police are women and girls.
- To ensure that anyone facing gender-based violence has reliable and timely access to protection and services, no matter where they live, Budget 2021 invested $ 601.3 million over five years to move towards a new National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. This includes increased funding for initiatives to end human trafficking.
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For further information: Marie-Pier Baril, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, 613-295-8123; Media Relations, Women and Gender Equality Canada, 1-855-969-9922