Backgrounder - In lead up to Women Deliver, Government of Canada announces funding to support and engage local women’s organizations in British Columbia


Women Deliver 2019

As a global champion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, girls, and gender-diverse people, Canada is hosting the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, June 3-6, 2019. The world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, it will bring together more than 8,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists and journalists from more than 160 countries, with an additional 100,000 people joining virtually.

Women Deliver 2019 is not just a conference; it’s a global movement to promote gender equality worldwide. A movement to advance the health, rights and well-being of women and girls. A movement that gives voice to a broad spectrum of people, including Indigenous peoples, youth and people living in conflict and crisis settings. It is a movement for transformational change which inspires everyone, everywhere, to take action.

Mobilization initiatives

The Government of Canada is calling on all Canadians to mobilize to advance gender equality in their communities, in Canada, and around the world.

Today’s announcement profiled two new initiatives that are part of this mobilization effort: 

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS)

Project title: Women Deliver and Beyond – Building Capacity for Community-based and Grassroots Women’s Organizations
Funding amount: $150,000

BWSS will host Feminists Deliver, a complementary conference and trade show to Women Deliver 2019 taking place in Vancouver from June 3-6, 2019. It is a collaboration of over 40 not-for-profit organizations led by women, showcasing community-based responses to advancing gender equality and featuring 45 panelists and five keynote speakers. The focus of Feminists Deliver will be diversity and inclusion for people in British Columbia who experience marginalization because of gender.

BWSS began in 1979 when a few women organized what has become forty years of resistance and advocacy for women’s rights and an end to gender-based violence. BWSS remains committed to its vision through direct services, education and training, advocacy and a consistent and strategic push for institutional and systemic reform. 

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

Project title: Nutsamaht: We are One. Our Voices. Our Stories. Indigenous Women’s Pre-Conference to Women Deliver 2019
Funding amount: $151,187

FNHA will host Nutsamaht Indigenous Women’s Pre-Conference, a one-day conference taking place in Vancouver on June 2, 2019, the day prior to the opening of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference. It will celebrate the strengths of Indigenous women and girls and will feature 30 speakers and 250 participants from Canada and around the world. It will raise awareness and foster advocacy around Women Deliver through the engagement of Indigenous women of diverse perspectives, strengths, abilities, and sexual and gender identities.

FNHA is part of a unique health governance structure that includes the First Nations Health Council, and the First Nations Health Directors Association. Collectively, these groups work in partnership with B.C. First Nations to achieve a shared vision.

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