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Special Projects

Over more than 25 years, the Foundation has become a national leader in its work toward gender equality. We raise public awareness by speaking out about the barriers women and girls face. We also connect what we learn from our funded programs to the development of provincial and national projects and strategies.

Some of our regional and national projects include:

    • $10 Million Matching Partnership to Advance Gender Equality

      In June 2019, at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, B.C., the federal government announced a significant investment in funds for women’s organizations to create a “long-term, sustainable funding legacy to accelerate gender equality in Canada.” The Canadian Women’s Foundation is one of three organizations to receive $10 million in matched funding from the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE). This means that WAGE will match up to $10 million in funds raised by the Foundation for gender equality initiatives in rural, remote and Northern areas serving women and girls, as well as to address emerging issues affecting women across Canada. The Foundation looks forward to expanding its work in these areas.

      Learn more about the matching partnership to advance gender equality.

    • Roadmap to Future Workplaces

      After the #MeToo Movement went viral, the Canadian Women’s Foundation partnered with AFTERMETOO, a national movement to activate change on sexual violence in Canada, to address the increased demand on sexual violence support services across Canada.

      In 2019, the Foundation also collaborated with AFTERMETOO and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network to address workplace sexual harassment through tools, resources, and training for federally regulated employees and employers — all housed in a one-stop online platform called Rosa. The project, called Roadmap to Future Workplaces, is supported in part by the Government of Canada. Donate to this project now.

    • Gender Equality Network Canada

      In 2017, Status of Women Canada selected the Canadian Women’s Foundation to convene, facilitate and oversee the Gender Equality Network Canada. Over three years, this Network of about 150 women leaders from across the country will create an action plan to advance gender equality in Canada.

      Learn more about the Network’s leaders, recent news and updates.

    • Black Innovation Fellowship

      Launched in 2019, the Black Innovation Fellowship aims to address key barriers Black entrepreneurs face while getting new businesses off the ground. The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a founding partner of the Fellowship, which is run by Ryerson University’s DMZ startup accelerator.

      This is a first-in-Canada program that provides startups led by Black entrepreneurs with:
      • Startup network support and additional programming
      • Access to Black mentors and experts
      • Access to events, industry, capital and alumni networks
      • Access to affordable housing and meeting spaces

      The Foundation is proud to be supporting women entrepreneurs through the Fellowship, and providing leadership and personal development training. More information and how to apply to the Black Innovation Fellowship.

    • Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships

      Although teen healthy relationship programs are offered across Canada, there is a need for more coordinated efforts to link and support these programs. That’s why the Foundation is working toward change at a national level through Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships, a three-year program that began in 2015.

      Supported by Status of Women Canada, the initiative is bringing together community programs, academics, policy-makers, funders, and youth to share successes and challenges, as well as to discuss the future of teen healthy relationship programming. Learn more about Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships.

    • Girls’ Group Mentoring Toolkit

      The Foundation’s Girls’ Fund supports many programs that involve group mentoring, and our evaluations have shown incredible results. Group mentoring not only connects girls with an older role model but also with three or four peers.

      Girls say mentoring helps them celebrate their strengths, become more outgoing, gain confidence, and feel like they can achieve their dreams. Given the power of mentoring, the Foundation wanted to empower more community organizations to offer it.

      With the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, we developed an online girls group mentoring toolkit. Any organization can access this resource online and have the steps, tools, instruction and from-the-field-advice to develop a program in their communities.

      When we first created the toolkit, we asked five organizations to pilot it. We invited them to use the toolkit to create a program from scratch and to track their learnings. We checked in with these groups, analyzed their feedback, pulled out the trends and gaps, and then returned to the drawing board to create new or adapted content.

      Just to be sure the content was on track, we also consulted with an advisory group of international researchers, practitioners, grantees, evaluation experts, and our partner on the project, the Alberta Mentoring Partnership.

      Now that the toolkit has launched, we look forward to seeing the magic of mentoring spread to more girls in communities across Canada.

    • 5-Year Anti-Trafficking Strategy

      Trafficking occurs when someone is coerced into sexual or labour exploitation. It is a serious and underreported form of gender-based violence that has emerged across Canada.

      In 2014, the Foundation launched a five-year strategy focused on ending sex trafficking in Canada. This strategy is based on the work of our National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.

      Since then, the Foundation’s learning has evolved. We are taking action to deepen our understanding of trafficking in partnership with the organizations we fund, through research and evaluation, and with the support of leaders in the sector. Given that this is an emerging area of work, the Foundation is committed to sharing our learning on empowering, women-centred responses that support survivors of trafficking.

      The Foundation’s strategy includes five-year grants to eight community programs across Canada that provide services to women and girls who have experienced coercion. These programs are working on community response models to better address trafficking.
      The Foundation’s trafficking reports are included with our sector reports and resources.

    • The Landsberg Award

      The Landsberg Award is an annual award presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation in association with the Canadian Women’s Foundation. It celebrates a journalist who is raising awareness about women’s equality issues in Canada and aims to inspire an increase in the media coverage and voice of women in Canada.

      The award is named after Michele Landsberg—award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist, and feminist—to acknowledge the tremendous impact that she has had as an advocate and role model for all women in Canada. We hope the award will inspire relentless, fearless journalists to consider Canadian news from a women’s equality perspective.

      Learn more about The Landsberg Award.

      2019 Awards

      Journalist Connie Walker received the 2019 Landsberg Award for CBC News: Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo.

    • Michele Landsberg Community Award

      The Michele Landsberg Community Award recognizes an organization doing exceptional work to empower young women to find their voice and raise awareness about gender equality issues in Canada through media. The award is named after Michele Landsberg, award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist, and feminist.

      2018 Winner: YWCA Halifax Youth Advisory Council, Alternative Heritage Minutes

Partnerships

    • Affordable Child Care for All Plan
      Affordable child care is essential to achieving gender equality. That’s why we’ve joined organizations endorsing Child Care Now’s smart and sensible Affordable Child Care for All Plan. It’s the road map Canada needs to universal, quality child care. For women, access to quality, inclusive, affordable child care increases access to employment and enhances economic security. Child care can help move women out of violence and poverty and into security and independence. The Plan focuses on building a system with affordable parent fees, public expansion, and a skilled workforce delivering quality care. Learn more about Child Care Now and the Affordable Child Care for All Plan.
    • Up For Debate

      We are a member of Up For Debate, a national alliance of organizations dedicated to women’s rights and gender equality. Up For Debate calls on all federal political party leaders to participate in a national debate on women’s rights and gender equality. The alliance is also urging federal party leaders to make real commitments to end poverty, end gender-based violence, and support women’s rights and equality-seeking organizations. Learn more about Up For Debate.