Canada to invest $100 million to support women impacted by pandemic

The call for proposals is open until March 25. Visit women.gc.ca for more information and for details on how to apply
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Canada is launching a $100 million proposal to help women impacted by the pandemic. The funding, which will allow recipients to start a new project or expand an existing business, will be available in 2021-2022.

Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, launched the new call for proposals through Women and Gender Equality Canada’s Women’s Program. 

“Women have been hardest hit by COVID-19. They continue to take on the majority of the work on the frontlines of the pandemic. The shecession is real, and unless Canadian women are working, safe, with their families cared for, we will not fully recover from the pandemic,” Monsef said. 

The fund, Feminist Response and Recovery Fund, will focus on projects supporting marginalized or underrepresented people, including Indigenous women, Black women, women of colour, women who are members of LGBTQ2 communities, and women living with disabilities or in rural or remote communities.  

Organizations that work to end violence against females, improve their economic security and prosperity, and encourage them to be in leadership and decision-making roles will be prioritized for the funding.

Eligible projects will specifically tackle barriers, address harmful gender norms and attitudes, or improve policies, practices, resource distribution, networks and relationships. 

The call for proposals is open until March 25. Visit https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/fun-fin/frrf/index-en.html for more information and for details on how to apply.

LGBTQ2 stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two spirit. “Twospirit” refers to a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some Indigenous people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity.

Shecession is a term used to describe the fact that women’s unemployment is higher than men’s because of the COVID-19 induced recession. 

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