Women and Gender Equality Canada – Women’s Program
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.
Today’s announcement in Gatineau, Québec profiled two organizations selected for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:
Assemblée de groupes de femmes d'interventions régionales (AGIR)
Project title: AGIR in Outaouais
Funding amount: $212,039
AGIR will develop a stronger advocacy strategy to bring about change in the Outaouais region. The strategy will generate a network of organized support to help AGIR share their expertise and tools with other regions, and will find and address unintended barriers to gender equality. The organization will have a greater impact through its outreach and services within the Outaouais region.
AGIR is a regional consultative body that defends the rights and interests of women and women’s groups in the Outaouais. AGIR began in 1986 with four dedicated women who volunteered their time until 1990, when they received a grant and incorporated AGIR as a non-profit.
Project title: Strengthening Ourselves to Move Forward
Funding amount: $200,000
L’Antre-Hulloises Inc. will work with stakeholders to grow the organization and develop a new strategic plan that will include human resources, succession planning, integrated communications, and results-based management. The organization will be able better carry out its mission to prevent violence and poverty amongst vulnerable populations in the community.
Centre de femmes L’Antre-Hulloises Inc. has operated since 1980. It offers a community of belonging and works to help improve the living conditions of all women in the Outaouais region. L’Antre-Hulloises focuses on equality, well-being, combating poverty and violence against women, and increasing women’s participation in their community.