Canada funds $750,000 to drive Progress of Women in British Columbia

The Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Honourable Maryam Monsef has 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.

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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.

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Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P. said, “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.”

Honourable Minister further added, “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.”

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.

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