Government of Canada announces legacy funding in British Columbia to advance gender equality beyond the Women Deliver 2019 Conference

News release

June 5, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Department for Women and Gender Equality

Advancing gender equality is essential to growing the middle class, strengthening the economy, and building a healthier, more secure future for everyone. As the Women Deliver 2019 Conference draws to a close, the Government of Canada is using its momentum to create a lasting legacy for local, grassroots women’s organizations and advocates by supporting gender equality discussions and initiatives. 

That’s why today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced funding up to $750,000 to build upon the Feminists Deliver conference, which will help drive real progress for women in British Columbia:   

  • Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) will receive up to $750,000 on behalf of the Feminists Deliver Working Group to lead a project that draws on the themes and outcomes of Feminists Deliver, a complementary conference to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference. Through this new three-year investment, the Feminists Deliver Working Group will report on the Feminists Deliver conference findings and develop a detailed advocacy strategy with an intersectional feminist approach to achieving gender equality. The strategy will then be implemented through outreach and stakeholder engagement. These efforts include long-term goals to create and share intersectional best practices that improve community and grassroots responses to gender inequalities with policies and programs that focus on marginalized groups.

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference is an important opportunity for all Canadians to take action on the work we must still do to make our country and the world a safe and equal place for women, girls, and people of all gender identities and expressions.


“We are in the midst of a critical moment for women, girls and gender diverse individuals. As the Women Deliver 2019 Conference draws to a close, our Government is mobilizing Canadians to advance gender equality in their communities, across the country and around the world. It’s our priority to ensure that all voices are represented, heard and engaged in these efforts. That’s why investing in the Feminists Deliver Working Group here in British Columbia is so important – so that we can promote a feminist, intersectional approach to advancing gender equality and learn from the community advocates working everyday on the front lines. This funding is one of the many legacies of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, and we look forward to continuing to work with Feminists Deliver to drive meaningful progress for all.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

“By considering the intersecting factors that contribute to bias and inequalities, we have a much better perspective on how to prepare responses and solutions. We’re sharing local best practices to help women and girls in marginalized groups who have experienced abuse or sexual violence. We’re grateful for this investment from the Government of Canada, which gives us the support we need to maintain and grow a movement that is already proving to be a powerful agent for change, and helping us toward our goal to eliminate violence against women and girls, and create a safer, more equal society.”

Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director
Battered Women’s Support Services

Quick facts

  • Canada is hosting the Women Deliver 2019 Conference from June 3 to 6, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Held every three years, it is the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of women and girls. 

  • The conference is part of a global movement to promote gender equality worldwide and give voice to a broad spectrum of people, including Indigenous peoples, youth and those living in conflict and crisis settings. It will bring together more than 8,000 individuals—world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, youth and journalists—from more than 160 countries, with an additional 100,000 people joining virtually.

  • The Department for Women and Gender Equality provided $150,000 to support Feminists Deliver, a concurrent conference and trade show to Women Deliver 2019 taking place in Vancouver from June 3 to 6, 2019. A collaboration of over 40 not-for-profit organizations led by women, it is showcasing community-based responses to advancing gender equality and features 45 panelists and five keynote speakers. The focus of Feminists Deliver is diversity and inclusion for people in British Columbia who experience marginalization because of gender. 

  • The Women’s Program at the Department for Women and Gender Equality supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers.

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Braeson Holland
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality

Valérie Haché
Senior Communications Advisor
Department for Women and Gender Equality

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