Government of Canada announces investment in support of the women’s movement in Montréal’s Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood
August 30, 2019 – Montréal, Québec – Women and Gender Equality Canada
Women’s organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women’s organizations are the foundation of the women’s movement, and that maintaining and growing their ability to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.
That’s why today, Rachel Bendayan, Member of Parliament for Outremont, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $88,108 in Femmes du monde à Côte-des-Neiges in Montréal, to help the organization support and empower women in the Côte-des-Neiges neighourhood. Its work will help bring women together to talk about social issues and overcome barriers in their lives.
Femmes du monde à Côte-des-Neiges is one of more than 250 women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women across Canada receiving funding under the Government of Canada’s Capacity-building Fund. This investment stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across the country.
“With our historic investment, we recognize the women and women’s organizations breaking through barriers and express our gratitude to those who have been doing this work for decades on little more than a shoestring budget. The women’s movement across Canada has been asking for a reliable, predictable and accessible source of funds to ensure the sustainability of their work. With stable and flexible funding, we are helping women’s organizations in Montréal grow and thrive, because we know that investing in women’s organizations is the most effective way to advance gender equality. By supporting a movement that has achieved amazing results, we are growing the middle class, strengthening families and communities, and creating lasting change that benefits everyone.”
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality
“I am inspired by the hard work and resilience of Femmes du monde à Côte-des-Neiges. By bringing women together and raising awareness about their challenges, their work empowers women and helps create safer and healthier communities. Advancing gender equality truly takes a village, and this also means a continued commitment to local organizations here in Côte-des-Neiges by our federal Government. I am extremely proud to be supporting the important work of Femmes du monde.”
Member of Parliament for Outremont
“Our centre offers women a safe space of mutual support, but is also a driving force for action. Day after day we work to ensure the well-being of women and strive to improve their living conditions. With the Government of Canada’s support we are better equipped to assist women in Côte-des-Neiges and to promote collective action on social issues affecting our lives.”
Patrizia Vinci, Interim Coordinator
Femmes du monde à Côte-des-Neiges
Budget 2018 announced $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada. Adding to this historic investment, Budget 2019 invests a further $160 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, in Women and Gender Equality Canada’s Women’s Program. This means that in 2023–24, the Women’s Program, which supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers, will total $100 million.
This funding will enable women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women to tackle systemic barriers impeding women’s progress, while recognizing and addressing the diverse experiences of gender and inequality across the country.
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality
Senior Communications Advisor
Women and Gender Equality Canada
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