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Why do we need the Canadian Women’s Foundation?

Hands up if you’ve noticed that – despite progress – gender equality STILL hasn’t been achieved in Canada?

Hands up if you know:

  • A woman or girl who has ever experienced physical or emotional abuse, sexual assault, or harassment
  • A woman struggling to raise her children on a low income
  • A girl who doesn’t feel confident because she’ll never live up to the hypersexualized “ideal” she sees in the media
  • A woman who sacrifices leadership opportunities for family responsibilities.

There are a lot of hands up in the air. Because gender inequality touches everyone’s lives. But, together, we can do something about it.

When you donate or get involved, you support the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s work toward advancing gender equality in Canada. Are you with us?

Who we are

  • The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for women and girls.
  • We focus our work on helping women and girls, because they face distinct barriers that require distinct solutions.
  • We also focus on women and girls because improving gender equality improves economic and social conditions for everyone.
  • The Canadian Women’s Foundation aims to be inclusive of diverse people across gender and sexuality spectrums. We focus our efforts on supporting those who face the most barriers and have least access to relevant services. This includes people who identify as women, girls, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and 2SLGBTTIQQA+.

What we do

  • We fund programs across Canada, prioritizing the communities where the need is greatest. These programs address four urgent issues: prevention of gender-based violence, women’s economic development, girls’ empowerment, and inclusive leadership.
  • We work toward systemic change by bringing together community organizations across Canada to share knowledge and solutions.
  • We are the hub of a national community of grassroots leaders, issue experts, advocates, and donors that is raising awareness and keeping up the momentum toward gender equality.

What is gender equality?

UN Women explains it as “equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities” for all genders. It doesn’t mean that everyone should be the same. It means peoples’ rights, responsibilities, and opportunities shouldn’t depend on their gender. It implies that the interests and needs of everybody, in all their diversities, are important. It’s not a “women’s issue.” It’s everyone’s issue, and it makes life better for all of us.

Canadian Women’s Foundation Strategic Plan 2018

It’s an extraordinary time for gender equity—a time of marches, #MeToo, and unprecedented public awareness. At the Canadian Women’s Foundation, this renewed momentum has increased our sense of urgency. Learn about our Strategic Plan for advancing gender equity in Canada.