June 2, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Women and Gender Equality Canada
A strong and vibrant women’s movement is part of the foundation of a more inclusive Canada, where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. The Government of Canada continues to support women’s and equality-seeking organizations to ensure women are given the opportunity to fully participate in Canada’s social, economic and democratic life.
Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced $1.72 million for five organizations across the Prairies:
- Alberta Network of Immigrant Women – $300,437
- Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta – $399,490
- Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association – $377,934
- Bonnyville Friendship Centre – $198,000
- Ikayuktiit Incorporated Inc. (MB) – $450,000
With this funding, these organizations will be able to increase their capacity to continue their important work to address gender equality issues in their communities and to overcome the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on women.
These investments will also help the organizations develop partnerships, implement strong policies, procedures, and services to better support those who need it most, including survivors of human trafficking, and help women develop leadership skills, be safe, become financially secure, find full-time employment, and meaningfully engage in all aspects of life in Canada.
Much more work remains to be done to achieve gender equality. By partnering, investing and supporting organizations like these, Canada is better equipped to address the systemic barriers to gender equality – bringing us all one step closer to a safer, better, more inclusive Canada for everyone.