June 4, 2021 – Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) – Women and Gender Equality Canada
Women’s organizations provide vital support to women and girls, helping them to be financially secure, live free from violence, and fully participate in all aspects of Canadian society. By investing in women’s organizations, the Government of Canada is helping ensure that women and their communities can prosper, now and in the future.
Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, Gudie Hutchings, and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Sean Casey, announced $1.1 million in funding for two women’s organizations in Prince Edward Island.
Through the Women’s Program, Women’s Network PEI will receive $177,000 to address impacts of COVID-19 in rural areas, advance gender equality initiatives, and provide one-on-one support for Islanders who need it.
Through the Gender-Based Violence Program, the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre will receive $999,344 to increase access to supports for underserved populations, and to explore, evaluate, and implement new practices that will help women heal from gender-based violence.
These investments will help both organizations increase their capacity to continue to support women and girls across the province.
Yesterday on the second anniversary of the release of Reclaiming Power and Place, the final report by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the Core Working Group released the MMIWG National Action Plan that will set a new distinctions-based, regionally relevant, and accountable approach to end this national tragedy.