Deadline for submitting an expression of interest is 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time on January 31, 2019.
Canada’s feminist vision
Canada adopted a Feminist International Assistance Policy that seeks to eradicate poverty and build a more peaceful, more inclusive and more prosperous world. Canada firmly believes that promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is the most effective approach to achieving this goal.
Women often face additional intersectional discrimination, including on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, or migrant or refugee status, among other aspects of personal identity. A feminist approach places gender equality at the centre of poverty eradication by challenging the discrimination faced by women and girls around the world and by recognizing that inequalities exist along intersectional lines.
What is this?
This is an invitation to members of the philanthropic community, the private sector, not-for profit and non-governmental organizations, following the Government of Canada’s May 25, 2018 call to action to work together with the Government to catalyze new investments in support of gender equality and women’s rights in developing countries.
This is the first step in a process that will lead to the selection of an organization or consortium to set up and manage the partnership for gender equality.
Women’s organizations and movements in developing countries often lead the way in efforts to promote and protect women’s rights, advance gender equality and empower women and girls, yet they get very little of the funding dedicated to gender equality. While there are a number of international donors and organizations working to advance women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls at local, national, regional and global levels with financial and capacity-building assistance, there is currently no single-window entity or global funding platform where interested partners from across sectors can pool and leverage their funds, ensuring long-term sustainable, predictable and flexible financing to help address the funding gap faced by women’s organizations and movements working to advance women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries.
The Partnership is an opportunity for collective leadership from the private sector, philanthropic community, civil society, and governments to collaborate to build an initiative with long-term global impact.