Regina: New funding will help support a vibrant gender equality movement across Canada

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Project will advance gender equality in Saskatchewan. Local women leaders will be engaged in a pan-Canadian network

JULY 18, 2017 – REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN – Status of Women Canada

As Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it is important to reflect on our legacy for the future. Despite the important milestones witnessed in these 150 years, women, girls, and gender-non-conforming people still face hardships. A lot more work remains for gender equality to become a reality in Canada. By investing in a strong and thriving women’s movement today, we are laying the foundation for gender equality tomorrow.


Today, Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced Government of Canada funding for a project that will help advance gender equality throughout Saskatchewan. 


Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan is receiving $395,000 in funding for a three-year project to improve access to support for survivors of sexual assault. Through this project, the organization will work with partner agencies across the province to research, develop and pilot promising practices. These practices will be tailored to address the specific needs of the province, with a particular focus on rural areas and Indigenous populations. The results of the project will be shared widely among stakeholders to strengthen the coordination of services for sexual assault survivors.


“Strong, dynamic women are the heart of the women’s movement and their leadership is key to achieving gender equality. Our Government’s initiative will bring them together, at the national level, with the goal of facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices. This strong, vibrant, and coordinated women’s movement will lead the way to equality, for the next 150 years and beyond.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women

“Gender-based violence remains one of the most significant barriers to gender equality and must be addressed. This form of violence is preventable and we are confident Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan will make a difference in the improvement of support services for sexual assault survivors in Saskatchewan. Their efforts will touch the lives of countless women and girls throughout the province. The positive effects of this will be felt by all Canadians.”

Terry Duguid
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Status of Women

“Gender-based violence is a reality that affects women and girls everywhere, including right here in Saskatchewan. This project is a unique opportunity to address the specific needs of survivors in our province, including those from rural communities and Indigenous populations. We look forward to sharing the results with our partners and other organizations working to end sexual violence.”

Kerrie Isaac, Executive Director
Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan

Quick Facts

  • In October 2016, Status of Women Canada invited organizations to propose projects that advance gender equality across Canada. As of June 2017, some 50 projects have been approved for over $18 million in Funding to Advance Gender Equality with the goal of empowering great Canadian women and enabling their good work to set the stage for the next 150 years. This is the most funding to ever be approved through a Status of Women Canada call for proposals. Approved projects will take place over a period of three years.

  • This initiative is part of a federal investment of over $18 million in support of grassroots organizations and 150 women leaders across the country who will work together as part of a pan-Canadian network. They will thereby contribute to  feminist action for gender equality at the national level. The network is being convened by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

  • The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers that contribute to gender inequality in Canada.

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Philippe Charlebois
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Status of Women

Léonie Roux
Public Affairs Officer
Status of Women Canada

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