WINNIPEG SUN

Five organizations in Manitoba are receiving a combined $2 million in federal funding to address gender equality in the province.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, the Southern Chiefs Organization, Ending Violence Across Manitoba Inc., the West Central Women’s Resource Centre, and Willow Place Inc., will all receive federal dollars as a part of the Funding to Advance Gender Equality in Canada project being run by Status of Women Canada.

The funding will engage a total of 150 women leaders across the country who will take part in a strong and independent pan-Canadian network which will support collaborative action to advance gender equality.

“These organizations will work on several fronts to improve the status of women and girls in the province,” MP Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women said of the five Manitoba organizations. “From addressing gender-based violence, to exploring challenges related to housing, to improving the participation of women in all sectors of the economy including the skilled trades, projects like these create real results for Canadians, and help bring us closer to gender equality at all levels.”

Duguid is the first man to be Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women, and noted how important it is for men and boys to be engaged in this work.

“To achieve gender equality, we need to engage men and boys,” Duguid said. “They need to be part of the solution.”

Sandra Altner, CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba knows that too, but believes there is no better place to invest than in empowering women.

“Anything that helps women helps the community,” Altner said. “There’s an African saying that says when you put money in the pockets of women, children grow taller. And that’s because women contribute and participate in the community very often to a much greater extent than their male counterparts. The support they provide to the community through families and through work is what I think is going to make a big difference to Manitoba.”

jfriesen@postmedia.com

 

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