Department for Women and Gender Equality – Women’s Program
One of the ways the Department for Women and Gender Equality advances gender equality in Canada is by providing funding to eligible organizations through the Women’s Program. Projects are selected via calls for proposals on specific themes, as well as through a continuous intake process that allows the Women’s Program to address emerging issues as they arise.
The Women’s Program funds projects that address systemic barriers to women’s equality in three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving the economic security and prosperity of women and girls; and encouraging women and girls in leadership roles.
Capacity-building Call for Proposals
In October 2018, Minister Monsef announced a Call for Proposals under the Capacity-building Fund of the Women’s Program. Projects at the local, provincial, and national level were eligible for different amounts of funding, based on their specific needs and reach.
On March 8, 2019, International Women’s Day, Minister Monsef announced that over 250 women’s organizations across the country would receive funding from the Capacity-building Fund.
The objective is to fund proposals that will increase the capacity of eligible women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women, whose initiatives contribute to a viable women’s movement in Canada that advances gender equality. Funding will increase the ability of organizations to grow, meet the increasing demands for their services, and continue to work collectively to address gender equality issues. The fund stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to help support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada.
Prince Edward Island Projects
Today’s announcement in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, profiled three projects selected for federal funding:
Aboriginal Women’s Association of Prince Edward Island Inc. (AWAPEI Inc.)
Project title: Building Capacity
Funding amount: $653,000
AWAPEI will build financial and fundraising capacity, improve board governance, develop and implement a strategic plan, and build partnerships to improve the overall health of the organization. It will also work with other organizations to ensure that this added capacity supports the well-being and prosperity of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people across Prince Edward Island.
AWAPEI is a non-profit organization that unites Indigenous women from across Prince Edward Island. Since1986, it has continued to work to strengthen Indigenous women in accordance with its vision: “Stronger Women Create Stronger Communities.” AWAPEI is a member of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.
Actions Femmes ÎPÉ
Project title: Strategic Planning and New Collaborations to Strengthen our Capacities in the Long-Term
Funding amount: $360,363
Action Femmes ÎPÉ will develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic plan to support Acadian and Francophone women and girls. This funding will allow the organization to establish new partnerships, improve governance, develop collaborative pilot projects, and conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the effects and impacts of its work.
Action Femmes ÎPÉ organizes and presents activities and programs throughout the year with the goal of offering inclusive gathering opportunities to all Francophone and Francophile women in Prince Edward Island.
East Prince Women’s Information Centre (EPWIC)
Project title: EPWIC – Women who Launch
Funding amount: $237,511
EPWIC will develop and implement strategies to improve the health of the organization and advance gender equality. It will also establish working partnerships with other community organizations, individual women and girls, community leaders, and stakeholders to advance gender equality. This funding means better board governance, partnership development, strategic and financial planning, advocacy, and using a fairness lens, known as Gender-based Analysis Plus, in decision making.
As the only women’s centre in Prince County, EPWIC is an essential service providing information and referral services to women on issues such as employment, family violence, addictions, legal rights and sexual harassment. The Women’s Centre, located in Summerside, also provides services to women from Prince County and Western Queens.