- Ending violence against women and girls
- Improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity
- Encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles
Today’s announcement builds on previous steps taken to ensure an intersectional response to the pandemic, including commitments in the 2020 Speech from the Throne to create an Action Plan for Women in the Economy and move forward on aCanada-wide early learning and childcare system.Recognizing that COVID-19 has increased the rates and severity of gender-based violence (GBV), the Government ofCanadahas provided$100 milliondirectly to organizations that support survivors and their families. Combined with new flexibilities to existing programs, this funding has supported over 1500 organizations, helping them keep their doors open at this challenging time.The call for proposals is open untilMarch 25, 2021at12:00 p.m.(Noon) Pacific Standard Time). Visitwomen.gc.cafor more information and for details on how to apply.Quote“The feminist response and recovery fund will support local; regional and national efforts to end violence against women and girls, improve women’s economic security and to increase the participation of women and girls in decision making roles. Women have been hardest hit by COVID. They continue to take on the majority of the work on the frontlines of the pandemic. The shecession is real and unless Canadian women are working, safe, with their families cared for, we will not fully recover from the pandemic. Our government is investing in women’s and equity seeking orgs because it’s one of the best ways to advance gender equality. Each year, our partners across the country improve the lives of millions of women, children and families and we thank them for their essential work.”The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P., Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic DevelopmentQuick Facts
- InJune 2020,Canadawas recognized by CARE as having the most gender-responsive plan to address COVID-19
- Budget 2019 committed$160 millionover five years to the Women’s Program to enable further community action to tackle systemic barriers impeding women’s progress, while recognizing and addressing the diverse experiences of gender and inequality across the country.
- Projects funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada are estimated to have reached approximately six million people in 2019-20, reducing barriers in areas of economic equality and gender-based violence, and building capacity and confidence in the areas of leadership.
- Between 2015 and 2019, the Government ofCanadaincreased funding to support the work of women’s and gender equality seeking organizations from under$20 millionper year to over$100 millionavailable in 2021/22.
- In the Fall Economic Statement, the Government ofCanadacommitted to sustaining investments in early learning and accessible, affordable child care, including by proposing to make funding permanent at 2027-2028 levels, providing$870 millionper year and ongoing, starting in 2028-2029.
- The Government ofCanadais helping women entrepreneurs through the pandemic by providing up to$15 millionin additional funding through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES).
- Call for proposals –Feminist Response and Recovery Fund
- Women and Gender Equality Canada – Women’s Program
- Gender-Based Violence Program
- Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre
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