The Canadian Women’s Foundation is the go-to organization for media when it comes to news stories on gender equality in Canada.
The Foundation’s spokespeople are often called on to comment about:
- Gender-based violence, including intimate partner and family violence, sexual assault, harassment, trafficking, and educating teens about healthy relationship skills.
- Women’s poverty and economic development, including programs for women in skilled trades, small businesses, and social purpose enterprises, as well as wrap-around supports like micro-loans or childcare subsidies.
- Barriers that girls face and girls’ empowerment, as well as strategies for building confidence, resilience, critical thinking, media literacy, mentorship, and encouraging careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
- Collaborative and diverse leadership for women and girls.
Please note: When referring to or attributing information to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, please use our full name. Please do not abbreviate or use acronyms.
You can also check out the following resources for background information on gender equality or updates about the Foundation:
- The Facts About Gender Equality
Looking for background statistics or context around issues related to gender equality? Consult our The Facts pages on the following topics:
- Foundation Surveys
The Foundation regularly surveys Canadians to find out where they stand on issues related to gender equality, and uses the findings to help raise public awareness.
Our 2018 survey found that Canadians’ understanding of consent has decreased over the last three years, with only 28 per cent of Canadians fully understanding what it means to give consent, compared with 33 per cent in 2015.
Despite the powerful conversations about sexual assault and harassment that #MeToo has sparked, confusion about what constitutes consent remains.
Our 2017 survey suggested that 79% of Canadians feel the next generation of women is just as or more likely to experience sexual assault.
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- Press Releases
The Canadian Women’s Foundation has released the results of a national opinion poll highlighting public concern over the social and economic fallout of COVID-19 on women.
Service demands on all gender-based programs throughout the country continue to grow. In response, the Canadian Women’s Foundation launched the nationwide “Tireless Together Fund” to mobilize community generosity toward diverse women and girls. So far, over $350,000 has been raised.
: MakeWay (formerly Tides Canada) and the Canadian Women’s Foundation have launched a new strategic grantmaking program in service of women and girls in Canada’s territories and Inuit regions. With new gendered challenges emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, including possible increases in violence against women,
empowerment of women and girls in the North is imperative
: The Canadian Women’s Foundation has released a report that highlights how gender-based inequalities play out for different segments of the population. In the context of COVID-19, these results are even more concerning and highlight the need for an intersectional gendered approach in post-pandemic recovery plans.
CANADIAN WOMEN’S FOUNDATION LAUNCHESINITIATIVE: The Canadian Women’s Foundation is proud to announce its support for Signal for Help, an online initiative to assist those experiencing violence as a result of home isolation during the pandemic. Strict isolating measures have led people in Canada to increasingly turn to video calls to stay connected. Signal for Help is a simple single-hand gesture that can be visually and silently displayed during video calls, to alert family, friends, or colleagues that an individual needs help and that they would like someone to check in safely with them.
CANADIAN WOMEN’S FOUNDATION LAUNCHESIN THE WAKE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC: “Many people in Canada want to help but aren’t sure how to,” says Paulette Senior, President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. “And it’s clear that women are on the frontlines of the crisis and their well-being is critical to the country’s ability to weather this storm. We knew we needed to act fast, so we launched the Tireless Together Fund to mobilize this goodwill and address the gendered impacts of COVID-19.”
: “We are back once again to ask each federal party leader, ‘Are you up for debate?’” said Paulette Senior, President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, speaking on behalf of the Up for Debate coalition.
: The 2019 federal budget released today builds on the historic 2018 budget, which had an unprecedented focus on advancing gender equality in Canada.
A new study from the Canadian Women’s Foundation has found that Canadians’ understanding of consent has decreased over the last three years, with only 28 per cent of Canadians fully understanding what it means to give consent, compared with 33 per cent in 2015.
TO MEET IN HALIFAX NEXT WEEK
Over 140 women leaders from across Canada will meet in Halifax April 30-May 1 to discuss how to make gender equality a reality.
TO ESTABLISH FUND FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES
Toronto/Montreal – March 6, 2018 – AFTERMETOO, in partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, today announced the creation of a fund to address the increase in demand on sexual violence support services across Canada. In recent years – and especially since highly publicized movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp – more people have come forward to report sexual violence, and Canada’s already overwhelmed and underfunded sexual violence support services cannot keep up. Calls to the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre increased 100% in the last year alone, and that’s just one of many examples. Toronto, ON – February 28, 2018 – With its unprecedented focus on the needs of women and girls in Canada, the 2018 Federal Budget is a step forward for gender equality.
JUST AS LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE SEXUAL ASSAULT
Toronto, ON — May 3, 2017 — A new study from the Canadian Women’s Foundation reveals Canadians feel the outlook is bleak for the next generation of women (Gen Z or those born after 1999). Timed with the launch of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s annual May-long Campaign to End Violence, the survey indicates that four-fifths of Canadians (79 per cent) believe that Gen Z women are just as or more likely to experience sexual assault.
Toronto, ON — October 6, 2016 — Always® Celebrates International Day of the Girl with confidence and encourages Girls to Keep Playing #LikeAGirl with commitment of $100,000 to the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
BY GIRLS, FOR GIRLS
Toronto, ON — October 11, 2016 — The Canadian Women’s Foundation has partnered with Havas Canada to launch #GirlPowered, a campaign that allows girls to create positive, empowering messages, raising their confidence and self-esteem.
Toronto, ON — September 1, 2016 — The Canadian Women’s Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Paulette Senior to the role of President and CEO effective October 11, 2016.
Toronto, ON – May 2, 2016 – Amidst several high-profile sexual assault cases over the past year that challenged the credibility of women that report sexual assault, a new study from the Canadian Women’s Foundation reveals that two-thirds of Canadians (67%) believe the majority of sexual assault claims are true.
Toronto, ON – May 5, 2015 – A new study from the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which launched its annual May-long Campaign to End Violence, reveals that while almost all Canadians (96%) agree that sexual activity between partners should be consensual, two-thirds of Canadians (67%) do not understand what it means.
- Recent Press
The Canadian Women’s Foundation frequently comments in media stories related to gender equality in Canada. Read some of our most.
- The Facts About Gender Equality