Backgrounder: Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations in the Outaouais region
Women and Gender Equality Canada – Women’s Program
Women and Gender Equality Canada works to advance equality for women by focusing its efforts in three priority areas: increasing women’s economic security and prosperity; encouraging women’s leadership and democratic participation; and ending gender-based violence. Women and Gender Equality Canada also plays a leadership role in the government-wide implementation of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+).
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/territorial, 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 working to advance women’s equality, whose initiatives contribute to a viable women’s movement in Canada that advances gender equality. Funding will help to increase organizational capacity and help organizations work collectively to address gender equality issues. This funding provided the flexibility for organizations to apply for funding to address their specific capacity needs. 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.
Outaouais region’s Projects
Today’s announcement profiles two projects in the Outaouais region for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:
Maison d’Hébergement Pour Elles Des Deux Vallées
Project title: Soutien dans la consolidation, l’autonomie et le déploiement de l’organisme
Funding amount: $46,112
This 45-month project will address organization capacity needs to allow the organization to continue promoting social and systemic changes towards gender equality. The organization will enhance its organizational capacity in terms of human resources management, strategic planning and diversification of funding sources.
Founded in 2001, the Maison d’Hébergement Pour Elles Des Deux Vallées is a community organization of La Petite-Nation La Lièvre region subsidized by le Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) and la Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ). Its mission is to provide refuge and support for women and children who are escaping domestic violence. Accommodation services are focused on the unconditional acceptance of women and their children and may last for a period of 6 to 8 weeks. The organization’s safe house facilities are open 365 days a year and can accommodate 9 women and children at a time.
Accompagnement des femmes immigrantes de l’Outaouais (AFIO)
Project title: Optimisation de la gouvernance et des capacités organisationnelles de l’AFIO
Funding amount: $213,144
This 45-month project will address organization capacity needs to allow the organization to continue promoting social and systemic changes towards gender equality. The organization will enhance its organizational capacity in terms of human resources management, board governance, partnership development, collaboration and networking, as well as through the development of an advocacy strategy, and the application of Gender-Based Analysis Plus.
Accompagnement des femmes immigrantes de l’Outaouais is a regional non-profit community organization founded in 1984. Its mission is to promote the social, cultural and economic integration of immigrant women and their families into the host society. The organization was created in response to the needs of immigrant women to come together, overcome isolation, and develop projects together that respond to their realities.
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