In lead up to Women Deliver 2019, Government of Canada announces innovative cross-sector partnerships to advance gender equality

TORONTO, May 21, 2019,/CNW/ - Advancing gender equality and investing in women is essential to growing the middle class, strengthening the economy, and building a healthier, more secure future in Canada and around the world. As Canada prepares to host the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the world's largest gathering on the health, rights and well-being of women and girls, the Government of Canada is mobilizing all sectors to take action on gender equality by investing in innovative cross-sector partnerships.

We are in the midst of a critical moment for women and girls. In the lead up to Women Deliver 2019, our government is seizing the global momentum, and mobilizing Canadians to advance gender equality in their communities, in Canada, and around the world. All of us – in all sectors – have to do our part to ensure that everyone has an equal and fair chance at success, and innovative partnerships between government, business and civil society are essential to achieving lasting equality for all.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality

That's why today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced two new initiatives, one with BMO Financial Group and the other with the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health (CanWaCH) to stimulate partnerships between diverse communities, civil society, and public and private sectors to advance gender equality:

  • BMO Financial Group will design and deliver a training program for women's organizations across Canada to improve their strategic and financial planning. A recent survey of Canadian women's organizations conducted by the Government of Canada and BMO identified gaps in these areas, which can result in challenges to these organizations receiving much-needed funding. The training program will include a series of three webinars, available in both English and French, which will be hosted by BMO experts and will include an interactive Q&A.  The webcasts will be available at no cost to all women's organizations nationally, including those that applied under the Department for Women and Gender Equality's Capacity-building Fund. Each webcast will be aired twice live and will be available as archived versions to maximize audience viewing.
  • CanWaCH is receiving $366,800 to coordinate domestic mobilization efforts leading up to and following the Women Deliver 2019 Conference. Through this project, CanWaCH will rally partners and leaders from diverse sectors to highlight critical discussions, events, and initiatives that are needed to promote and achieve equality for all gender identities and expressions. CanWaCH will also use part of this funding to award over 50 bursaries to gender equality advocates and mobilizers from across Canada to sponsor their participation at the conference.

CanWaCH is proud to host Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada, a rallying cry for unity in gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women. We know that it takes multiple sectors, industries and communities to bring about change. We thank the Government of Canada for this investment and its continued support to Canadians from coast to coast to coast who are preparing events, discussions, and actions leading up to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference.

Julia Anderson, Acting Executive Director of CanWaCH

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference is an important opportunity for all Canadians to seize global momentum and call attention to the work we must still do to make our country and the world a safer, more equal place for women, girls, and people of all gender identities and expressions.

Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada is a rallying cry for unity in gender equality and girls and women’s empowerment. The Mobilization is a national movement to improve Canadian leadership on gender equality and drive progress for the health, rights and wellbeing of women and girls globally and domestically. It is an inclusive movement which welcomes any organization to join. We all have a role to play in moving the needle on gender equality!