Jun
25
2020

Island women and girls benefit from community funding

Six community organizations will receive funding support to help empower Island women and girls to live safer, better and healthier lives. 

Funding is provided through the 2020 Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grants for the groups to develop a wide range of inclusive programs for women and girls that promote the legal, health, social and economic equality of women. 

“These grants provide community organizations with additional funding for direct services and programs that enhance awareness of women’s equality as well as education and social action in our province. By supporting women and girls, we are creating safer, more inclusive communities for all Islanders.”

-  Minister of Responsible for the Status of Women, Natalie Jameson

“We were inspired by the Women’s Luncheon during Black History Month and the magic that happens when a group of Black and Indigenous People of Colour come together and are given the opportunity to support one another and be supported,” said Claire Byrne, co-leader of Sierra Club of Canada Foundation project. “This funding will help create that same kind of space for young BIPOC in PEI. This group will be led by the girls themselves and they will work on building leadership skills, self esteem, and creativity while being supported by two women of colour.”

The Interministerial Women’s Secretariat has provided more than $880,000 in funding to community organizations across the province since 2015.

Media contact:
Leanne Ritchie
Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change
902 314-0134
lpritchie@gov.pe.ca 

Backgrounder 

Here are the 2020 Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grants recipients:

My Body, My Choice 
The PEI Association for Community Living will receive $11,885 to develop a series of educational sessions focused on helping women with intellectual disabilities better understand personal relationships and their own sexual health. A large portion of the workshop will focus on cyber-safety and include information about predators, setting boundaries, and staying safe in the online dating world.
 
The Girls Adventure in Leadership Program
The Adventure Group will receive $9,500 to provide girls age 9 - 14 the opportunity to engage with peers in a positive, inclusive environment, strengthening their ability to become leaders in the community. The goal is for the participants to develop leadership skills, build self-confidence, help others, and develop healthy relationships by engaging in adventure based activities. 

Retaining Women in Trades in PEI
The Women’s Network PEI will receive $17,000 to work directly with women in the trades to better understand why they have stayed or left their industries.  Recently, PEI has more women entering the trades, but they are not being retained.  This research project will identify strategies for supporting retention of women in trades in PEI.
 
Translating Women’s Post-Secondary Student Leadership into Future Political Success
The Coalition for Women in Government will receive $17,000 to engage both present and past post-secondary student executives and current elected officials to enhance awareness, education and social action on women’s leadership in PEI.

Aboriginal Women's Association
The Aboriginal Women’s Association will receive $20,380 to engage the Indigenous women’s community in PEI to enhance awareness and social action on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Final Report’s Calls for Justice. The project intends to positively impact and benefit the equality of all Indigenous women in PEI.

Youth group for young girls of colour to be and grow together
The Sierra Club will receive $9,850 to provide leadership development opportunities to young girls of colour. Inspired by the Women’s Luncheon during Black History Month that saw a group of Black and Indigenous People of Colour come together to support one another and be supported, the Black Cultural Society and Sierra Club want to create that same kind of space for young BIPOC in PEI.

General Inquiries

PEI Interministerial Women's Secretariat
3rd Floor Sullivan Building,
16 Fitzroy Street,
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6494

iws@gov.pe.ca