By Bianca Caputo, WomanACT Social Media Team
In October 2016, Status of Women Canada invited organizations to propose projects that advance gender equity across Canada. Through this call for proposals, the aim was to identify a total of 150 women leaders in various sectors, organizations, and communities across the country to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
Overall, as of June 2017, about 50 projects were approved for funding with over $18 million in Funding to Advance Gender Equality.
On August 16, 2017, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Status of Women Canada, announced funding to nine organizations across the Toronto region, including WomanACT, as part of this call for proposals. All projects will address systemic barriers over a 36-month period through three components: (1) increasing women’s economic security and propserity; (2) encouraging women and girls to be better represented in leadership and decision-making roles; and (3) ending violence against women and girls.
The nine organizations from the Toronto region that received over $3.2 million in funding include:
WomanACT’s 36-month project will prevent recurring violence against women by focusing on barriers that prevent women from accessing services, social benefits and safety measures when exiting emergency shelters. A gender analysis of the impact of policies related to social security, landed immigration status, child custody, affordable housing, and post-secondary education grants will be completed by working with stakeholders from community networks. This analysis will inform the development of an action plan to advance solutions to maximize safety and opportunities for women rebuilding violence free lives. The organization will host policy dialogues with municipal, provincial, and federal subject matter experts, strengthening longer term partnerships for systemic change. Recommendations and final project outcomes will be shared widely with partners, stakeholders and elected officials through ongoing dialogue.
Harmy Mendoza, Executive Director of WomanACT, expresses that, “Leaving an abusive relationship can be a difficult and dangerous transition. This project will analyze the impact of policies in place to assist survivors of violence in rebuilding their lives. By working with our partners in the community and supporting policy dialogues, the project will strengthen longer term partnerships for systemic change. We will broadly share our knowledge and support the implementation of suggested recommendations.”
All organizations that were granted funding to advance gender equality will aid in developing a stronger, more effective, and united women’s movement in Canada. WomanACT is extremely excited to begin its 3 year project in September and take action in implementing support in gender equality across Canada.
For more details regarding the funding for all nine Toronto organizations, see the Status of Women Canada news release. Also, if you’re interested in viewing the details of the original call for funding to advance gender equality in Canada, click here.
See Status of Women Canada for additional funded projects across the country!
For more information about this project please contact our Project Manager, Lieran Docherty
“Everyone, including boys and men, must be part of the solution to end gender-based violence. All people living in Canada deserve the same opportunity to thrive and succeed, no matter their sex, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background.”
- The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women
1. Status of Women Canada. (2016, December). Funding to advance gender equality in Canada - Call for proposals - Status of Women Canada. Retrieved from http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/cfp-adp/2016-2/theme-en.html
2. Government of Canada, & Status of Women Canada. (2017, August 16). Backgrounder: Toronto - New funding will help support a vibrant gender equality movement across Canada. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/status-women/news/2017/08/backgrounder_toronto-newfundingwillhelpsupportavibrantgenderequa.html