Backgrounder -  Supporting women’s organizations to advance gender equality in Montreal’s South Shore

News release

One of the ways Women and Gender Equality Canada 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 internal 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.

Montreal’s South Shore Projects

Today’s announcement in Longueuil, Québec profiled two organizations selected for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:

Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec

Project title: A Strong Network of Tables: Strengthening our Network to Act Better
Funding amount: $440,099

Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec will grow its network so that expertise can be brought together and shared at a provincial meeting that will make for stronger partnerships, collaborations, and networking among regional partners, its members and other women’s groups.

The Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec brings together 17 regional organizations that reach more than 400 women’s groups in Québec every year.   

Table de concertation des groupes de femmes de la Montérégie (TCGFM)

Project title: Co-constructing a Feminist Advocacy Strategy to Eliminate the Symmetrization of Violence
Funding amount: $205,104

TCGFM will develop an action plan to counter misogyny and the violence it generates in the Montérégie region by creating tools and training activities to enable stakeholders to prevent, advocate and address violence against women by challenging the rise and rhetoric of misogyny with more effective and modern methods.

Established in 1980, the Table de concertation des groupes de femmes de la Montérégie was officially registered in 1988. The feminist principles of the member groups, and the sharing of expertise and vision, are directed at making gender equality a core consideration for the decision and policy makers in the local and regional institutions.

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