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Four projects from the Northwest Territories are receiving funding to ensure women’s organizations can continue providing essential supports to women and their families

OTTAWA, April 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Women’s organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women’s organizations are the lifeblood of the women’s movement, and that maintaining and growing their ability to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.

That’s why today, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that the Government of Canada will invest over $1.6 million in women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women in the Northwest Territories under the Capacity-building Fund. The funding stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada.

Four organizations based in Yellowknife will receive funding: Dechinta Initiatives will receive $363,966 for their project D echinta – Indigenous women and education , which will provide support to develop more effective policies to better serve First Nations women;

FOXY will receive $371,526 for their project Capacity Building for Advancing the Equality of Northern Indigenous Women , to expand their service capacity to advance the equality of Indigenous women in the North;

Yellowknife Women’s Society will receive $268,800 for their project Yellowknife Women’s Society Capacity and Sustainability Revitalization , to improve the organization’s human resources capacity, financial stability, and advocacy strategy; and

YWCA NWT will receive $603,415 for their project Building northern capacity to advance gender equality in the NWT , to build their capacity and strengthen advocacy which will help advance gender equality across the territory.

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"With this historic investment, we recognize the women and women’s organizations breaking through barriers and express our gratitude to those who have been doing this work for decades on little more than a shoestring budget. The women’s movement across Canada has been asking for a reliable, predictable and accessible source of funds to ensure the sustainability of their work. Our government listened. With this stable and flexible funding, we are helping Dechinta Initiatives, FOXY, Yellowknife Women’s Society and YWCA NWT scale up so they can grow and endure, because we know that investing in women’s organizations is the most effective way to advance gender equality. By supporting a movement that has achieved amazing results, we are growing the middle class, strengthening families and communities, and creating lasting change that benefits everyone."

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

"These four organizations are doing incredible work on the advancement of women and gender equality in the Northwest Territories. With the federal investments announced today, they are better prepared to continue making progress in our territory, now and over the long-term."

Michael McLeod
Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories

"Our goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate the barriers faced by Indigenous women in northern communities who are seeking post-secondary education. Our organization continues to respond to the changing needs of communities. This important support from the federal government will provide the financial stability and targeted support to revise and evaluate our current capacity and governance to continue to support Indigenous women to achieve post-secondary success."

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