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As a global champion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, girls, transgender, non-binary, and two-spirit people, Canada is looking forward to hosting the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver June 3 to 6, 2019. The world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, it will bring together more than 9,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists and journalists from more than 160 countries with an additional 100,000 people joining virtually. 

Women Deliver 2019 is not just a conference; it’s a global movement to promote gender equality worldwide. A movement to advance the health, rights and well-being of women and girls. A movement that gives voice to a broad spectrum of people, including Indigenous peoples, youth and people living in conflict and crisis settings. It is a movement for transformational change which inspires everyone, everywhere, to take action. Canada is proud to be a part of this movement.

Mobilization initiatives

The Government of Canada is calling on all Canadians to mobilize to advance gender equality in their communities, in Canada, and around the world. For more information on how you can get involved, visit Canada’s Women Deliver mobilization

For additional information on the Government of Canada’s role within Women Deliver, visit Global Affairs Canada’s website.

Funding announcements

News Release: Innovative cross-sector partnerships to advance gender equality.

News Release: Funding to support and engage local women’s organizations in British Columbia

News Release: Women and gender equality partnerships announcements at Women Deliver.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Why is the Government of Canada investing in these initiatives?
    • For decades, women’s organizations have been asking for long-term, sustainable funding options to grow and maintain their capacity. The Government of Canada listened, and is entering into new matched funding initiatives with national organizations.
    • By securing 1:1 fundraising commitments from these three national organizations, the up to $30 million investment from the Government of Canada will translate into up to $60 million of available funds to women’s organizations, creating a long-term, sustainable funding legacy to accelerate gender equality in Canada beyond federal funding cycles.
    • The commitments from Community Foundations Canada, Canadian Women’s Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada are targeting current federal funding gaps, including diverse communities, cultures and generations, such as Indigenous women innovators, rural, remote and northern communities, minority communities, seniors and youth.
  2. How will the Department for Women and Gender Equality fund these initiatives?
    • The up to $10 million agreements with each of these three organizations will be funded through the Department for Women and Gender Equality’s Women’s Program. In Budget 2019, the Government of Canada proposed an additional $160 million over five years to the Women’s Program. This investment means that by 2023/24, Women’s Program funding will reach $100M annually.
  3. What are the selection criteria to become a funding partner?
    • The Women’s Program provides funding to eligible organizations in support of projects at the local, regional and national levels that address one or more of the following three priority areas:
      • Ending violence against women and girls
      • Improving the economic security and prosperity of women and girls
      • Encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles
    • Funding is available for time-specific projects that address barriers to women's participation and equality in Canadian society.
    • For more information about which organizations and activities are eligible under the Women’s Program, please visit our website.
  4. How can other organizations submit partnership proposals to the Government of Canada for this funding?
    • The Department for Women and Gender Equality is committed to building partnerships that will achieve flexible, stable and sustainable funding for gender-equality seeking organizations across Canada. Organizations wishing to partner with the Department should contact CFC.Partenariats-Partnerships.SWC@cfc-swc.gc.ca.
  5. How do women’s organizations apply for this funding?
    • The selected funding partners will be responsible for granting this funding to women’s organizations.
    • The funding partners will initiate calls for proposals, receive and review funding applications, and administer funds to project-based applications that meet prescribed funding requirements.
    • Calls for proposals, including complete funding requirements, will be communicated when available.
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