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Governor General of Canada with ACCC at Mulheres Mil – Brazil

Ottawa, April 24, 2012 – His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC, and Brazilian and Canadian diplomats met with Brazilian women who participated in the Mulheres Mil (1,000 Women) Project, which promoted the social and economic inclusion of disadvantaged women in the northeastern and northern regions of Brazil.

A bold and unprecedented project in the network of Federal Institutes, Mulheres Mil addressed the exclusion of women, who are economically and socially vulnerable, from business. In addition to the primary objectives of encouraging women to return to school and acquire professional qualifications, the project produced intangible results, such as helping them to rediscover their citizenship, restore their self-esteem and improve family and community relationships.

The project helps them to develop the advanced skills required to improve their workforce potential and, in turn, improve their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities. During the meeting, the Governor General learned of the significant and empowering impact the program has had on the women involved.

The Mulheres Mil project was launched in 2005 through co-operative efforts among the ACCC, the Canadian International Development Agency, and Brazilian partners. The project was such a success that Her Excellency Dilma Vana Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, recently approved it as a national program, with a goal of training 100,000 women by 2014.

“The capacity of Canadian colleges and institutes to provide the learning that improves lives, both at home and abroad, is evident in projects like Mulheres Mil,” says James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC. “We are grateful His Excellency chose to recognize this project during his visit to Brazil and believe Mulheres Mil serves the Governor General’s message of the Diplomacy of Knowledge, and the vision of the development and sharing of knowledge among nations.”

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