New funding will help support a vibrant gender equality movement across Canada

Project will advance gender equality in Saskatchewan. Local women leaders will be engaged in a pan-Canadian network

REGINA, July 18, 2017 /CNW/ - As Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it is important to reflect on our legacy for the future. Despite the important milestones witnessed in these 150 years, women, girls, and gender-non-conforming people still face hardships. A lot more work remains for gender equality to become a reality in Canada. By investing in a strong and thriving women's movement today, we are laying the foundation for gender equality tomorrow.

Today, Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced Government of Canada funding for a project that will help advance gender equality throughout Saskatchewan. 

Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan is receiving $395,000 in funding for a three-year project to improve access to support for survivors of sexual assault. Through this project, the organization will work with partner agencies across the province to research, develop and pilot promising practices. These practices will be tailored to address the specific needs of the province, with a particular focus on rural areas and Indigenous populations. The results of the project will be shared widely among stakeholders to strengthen the coordination of services for sexual assault survivors.

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"Strong, dynamic women are the heart of the women's movement and their leadership is key to achieving gender equality. Our Government's initiative will bring them together, at the national level, with the goal of facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices. This strong, vibrant, and coordinated women's movement will lead the way to equality, for the next 150 years and beyond."

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women

"Gender-based violence remains one of the most significant barriers to gender equality and must be addressed. This form of violence is preventable and we are confident Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan will make a difference in the improvement of support services for sexual assault survivors in Saskatchewan. Their efforts will touch the lives of countless women and girls throughout the province. The positive effects of this will be felt by all Canadians."

Terry Duguid
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Status of Women

"Gender-based violence is a reality that affects women and girls everywhere, including right here in Saskatchewan. This project is a unique opportunity to address the specific needs of survivors in our province, including those from rural communities and Indigenous populations. We look forward to sharing the results with our partners and other organizations working to end sexual violence."

Kerrie Isaac, Executive Director
Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan

Quick Facts

  • In October 2016, Status of Women Canada invited organizations to propose projects that advance gender equality across Canada. As of June 2017, some 50 projects have been approved for over $18 million in Funding to Advance Gender Equality with the goal of empowering great Canadian women and enabling their good work to set the stage for the next 150 years. This is the most funding to ever be approved through a Status of Women Canada call for proposals. Approved projects will take place over a period of three years.
  • This initiative is part of a federal investment of over $18 million in support of grassroots organizations and 150 women leaders across the country who will work together as part of a pan-Canadian network. They will thereby contribute to feminist action for gender equality at the national level. The network is being convened by the Canadian Women's Foundation.
  • The Women's Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers that contribute to gender inequality in Canada.

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Project: Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan

Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS) will receive $395,000 in Government of Canada funding for their three-year project to improve access to support services for survivors of sexual assault. Through this project, the organization will work with partner agencies  across the province to research, develop and pilot promising practices. These practices will be tailored to address the unique needs of Saskatchewan, with a particular focus on rural areas of the province and Indigenous populations. The results of the project will be shared widely among stakeholders to strengthen the coordination of services for sexual assault survivors.

Organization

SASS is a provincial umbrella organization dedicated to supporting agencies throughout the province that provide services to women and men who have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.

Call for proposals: Funding to Advance Gender Equality in Canada

In October 2016, Status of Women Canada invited organizations to propose projects that advance gender equality across Canada. As of June 2017, some 50 projects have been approved for over $18 million in Funding to Advance Gender Equality.

Over the course of 36-months, the projects will address systemic barriers in Status of Women Canada's three areas of focus: increasing women's economic security and prosperity, encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles, and ending violence against women and girls.

The Canadian Women's Foundation will convene a strong, independent, pan-Canadian network of women leaders to support feminist action for gender equality at the national level. These leaders have been chosen for their remarkable efforts at the local level to advance gender equality with women, girls and gender non-conforming people. By creating a network of visionary women, we will broaden the reach of their efforts beyond their communities – inspiring others from across the country to add their voices and contribute their ideas towards achieving real progress.

 

SOURCE Status of Women Canada

For further information: Philippe Charlebois, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Status of Women, 613-618-8546; Léonie Roux, Public Affairs Officer, Status of Women Canada, 819-420-6821

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