“On the occasion of International Women’s Day, when we celebrate past successes and highlight remaining barriers to the full equality of men and women, I am delighted, to invite organizations to submit proposals for projects that increase women’s participation in the democratic and public life,” said Joyce Murray, MP Vancouver Quadra.
This call for proposals is divided into two streams. Under the first stream, Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities, the Government of Canada will support projects that will strengthen the voices of Indigenous women on issues of importance to them and their communities.
Projects under the second stream will focus on two themes. The first, Empowering Women for Political Action, will promote the participation of women in political life (e.g. addressing barriers to running for elected positions). The second, Empowering Women for Community Action, will include projects that improve conditions for women by amplifying women’s voices and enhancing their civic participation.
Status of Women Canada is soliciting proposals for projects that will empower women to participate more actively in the democratic and public life of Canada.
Organizations can apply for funding under Stream 1 of this call for proposals – Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities – by visiting the women.gc.ca website and submitting an application by June 1, 2016.
Organizations can apply for funding under Stream 2 – which includes both Empowering Women for Political Action and Empowering Women for Community Action – by visiting the women.gc.ca website and submitting an application by April 20, 2016.
A record 88 women were elected to serve in Canada’s 42nd Parliament, representing 26 per cent of all Members of Parliament. For the first time in Canadian history, 50 per cent of federal Cabinet Ministers are women.
At the municipal level, as of May 2015, 18 per cent of Canadian mayors and 28 per cent of city councillors were women.
As of 2014, women represented 18.6 per cent of First Nations Band Chiefs. Of 2,728 Band Councillors, 801 (29 per cent) were women.
· Having the opportunity to participate in public life is an essential component of women’s empowerment and key to achieving gender equality. This International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016, the Government of Canada is highlighting the importance of women’s empowerment with the theme ‘Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality’.
The Government of Canada is asking Canadians to show us what empowerment means by tagging an inspiring woman on social media with the #YouAreEmpowerment hashtag.
“We need a critical mass of women leaders, not only in the corridors of power, but in all aspects of public life, to help shape Canada in a way that supports the advancement of women. This call for proposals will support projects to empower a diversity of women in leadership roles in Canada.”
The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Status of Women
“When women are empowered to participate in the democratic and public life of their country, they can shape the institutions and decisions that affect their lives. With this call for proposals, the Government of Canada is helping create the conditions that will allow women to step forward and make a difference.”
Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra
Information on Support for Women’s Empowerment
Is the Women’s Program the Right Fit for Me?
Call for Proposals Application Guide
General Eligibility Requirements for Women’s Program Funding
Guidelines for Eligible Expenses
Information on International Women’s Day and Canada’s theme
Information about Status of Women Canada at women.gc.ca