Government of Yukon



FOR RELEASE
June 12, 2013

Three-year funding supports women’s organizations

WHITEHORSE—Eight women’s organizations will receive funding in the amount of $900,000 over three years that will support important work towards advancing women’s equality in the territory, Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate Elaine Taylor announced today.

“Women’s organizations in Yukon work to address a range of issues including violence prevention, education, skills development and leadership,” Taylor said. “The Yukon government is pleased to provide long-term funding that will help women’s organizations achieve their goals and meaningfully address the needs of Yukon women and families.”

The Government of Yukon Women’s Equality Fund (WEF) was initiated in 2007 to support Yukon organizations in their work towards women’s equality. The program was established in response to a need identified by women’s organizations for more sustained funding. The funding provided during 2007 to 2010 was $175,000 annually and increased to $300,000 per year for the period 2010 to 2013.

“The fund will provide operational stability to Les EssentiElles and enable our organization to take innovative approaches to address the needs of Francophone women in Yukon,” Les EssentiElles director Ketsia Houde said.

The Women’s Equality Fund supports the Women’s Directorate goals of providing direct services to women, research and advocacy, and public education.

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See photo and backgrounder attached.

Contact:

Matthew Grant
Cabinet Communications
867-393-6470
matthew.grant@gov.yk.ca 
Brenda Barnes
Communications, Women’s Directorate
867-667-8269
brenda.barnes@gov.yk.ca   

 

BACKGROUNDER

The following groups will receive annual funding in this amount from 2013 to 2016:

GROUP

AMOUNT

Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre

$47,500

Yukon Status of Women Council

$41,500

Les EssentiElles

$38,000

Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle

$38,000

Yukon Women in Trades and Technology

$37,000

Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council

$35,000

Elizabeth Fry Society Yukon

$33,000

Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society

$30,000


News Release #13-154