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Government of Canada announces investment for women's organizations in Western Newfoundland

Three organizations receiving funding to ensure they can continue providing essential supports for women and their families

OTTAWA, April 16, 2019 /CNW/ - 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 lifeblood 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, Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that the Government of Canada will invest over $430,000 in three women's organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women in Western Newfoundland:

These organizations are three of the more than 250 women's organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women across Canada in which the Government of Canada is investing under the Capacity-building Fund. Funding stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women's movement across Canada.


"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. Our government listened. With stable and flexible funding across Western Newfoundland, we are helping these three organizations scale up so they can grow and endure, 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

"These projects, all funded through the Department for Women and Gender Equality, will allow each organization to work on their strategy for success, and build future momentum for the good work that they do in their communities. Each of the three projects have the goal of improving the social and economic circumstances of women in their community. The projects will facilitate collaboration with key stakeholders, the creation of professional and community development programs, and promote advocacy and education for all. Such development opportunities allow not only the organizations to build their capacity, but also the women that these organizations serve. By supporting the women in their communities, organizations such as the Bay St. George Women's Centre, the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network, and the People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre, we are strengthening the voices of women in their communities, supporting them in ways specific to their local needs, and promoting gender equality in all aspects of society."

Gudie Hutchings
Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

"As a community-based organization, our main focus is to improve the quality of life of women and families in the Bay St. George region. With this financial support from the Government of Canada, we can take critical steps to grow and strengthen our services, so we can reach more women."

Janice Kennedy, Executive Director
Bay St. George Status of Women Association Inc.

"Our vision is that all Indigenous women live in safe, respectful, caring communities where there is zero tolerance of violence and abuse. Thanks to this federal support, we can continue working to achieve this by fostering community awareness, protective legislation, and culturally responsive programs and services. Our trained facilitators and community mentors can help create long-term, positive change for the health and well-being of Indigenous women in Newfoundland."

Odelle Pike, President
Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network Inc.

"We are tremendously grateful for this federal support because it enables us to provide culturally appropriate help to Indigenous women ? regardless of status ? for health, housing, education, employment, and justice. Each of our centres are unique to the women and community they serve, and this funding will help us ensure we can provide the safe and accessible housing they need to thrive."

Patrick Park-Tighe, Executive Director
People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre Inc.

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Department for Women and Gender Equality ? Women's Program 

One of the ways the Department for Women and Gender Equality 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 need 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 Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, profiled three of the more than 250 projects selected for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:

Bay St. George Status of Women Association Inc.

Project title: Becoming workplace leaders in the non-profit community
Funding amount: $19,246

This project will attract and retain high-quality employees and volunteers to be able to support more women in their community and develop stronger relationships with their sister organizations to expand their impact across the province. It will also implement modern human resource policies and procedures, and secure IT infrastructure upgrades along with new computer equipment.

The Bay St. George Status of Women Association serves the southwest region of the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. They are committed to improving the economic and social conditions of predominantly rural women in a large area of Southwestern Newfoundland that encompasses roughly 35,000 people. They strive to empower women and girls in their community by providing assistance to women in need of adequate housing, employment, educational opportunities, safety, and food security.

Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network

Project title: Building for a Stronger Future
Funding amount: $388,766

This project will grow and maintain their ability to support Indigenous women in the community and better understand the social and economic barriers they face, including violence and its impact on mental health. The organization will conduct needs assessments to gather data and inform strategic planning for short-, medium- and long-term goals to eliminate barriers to women.

The Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network strives to promote, enhance and encourage the health, social, educational, economic, cultural, and political, wellbeing of Aboriginal women within the Island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador.

People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre Inc.

Project title: Stepping Stones: The Path to Social Enterprise
Funding amount: $24,486

The project will assess the organization's readiness to provide social housing for women experiencing or at risk of violence. They will work to identify funding and collaboration opportunities with partners who have essential expertise in property management, financing, and supportive services for women. This project will culminate in an action plan to grow their services locally and provincially.

People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre Inc. is a non-profit and charity organization that delivers culturally appropriate services to Indigenous people ? regardless of status ? in urban communities. Each of their centres are as unique as the area they serve, allowing for programs and services that vary nationally based on need. Community cultural gatherings, ceremonies and teachings are integral to the Centre's offerings.

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