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Canada supports Women’s Voice and Leadership in SA

20 June 2019

The Women’s prison at Constitution Hill in Joburg was the venue at which the Canadian High Commission launched the Women’s Voice and Leadership Project together with Gender Links.

Photo: (l-r) Sumaya Moosa, Writer and Poet, Nsovo Nyeleti Mayimele, Women Deliver Young Leader, Colleen Lowe Morna, CEO Gender Links, Sandra McCardell, High Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Cooper, Head of Cooperation, High Commission of Canada and Busisiwe Veronica Mahlangu, Writer and Poet

This project is part of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and supports the capacity and activities of local women’s organisations in developing countries around the world.

Speaking at the launch on 28 May 2019 High Commissioner Sandra McCardell said that Canadians are proud to have a feminist Prime Minister who champions Feminist Foreign and International Assistance policies.

She said that Canada believes gender equality must play a key role in creating lasting solutions to the challenges the world faces, be it in building economies that work for everyone, preparing for jobs for the future, fighting climate change or advancing peace and security.

During Canada’s G7 presidency, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted, “gender equality and women’s empowerment” as a central priority and said that gender equality would be both a specific priority and integrated across all G7 discussions.

The 2019 Women Deliver Conference took place in Vancouver, Canada on 3-4 June at which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada will raise its funding to reach $1.4 billion annually starting in 2023, to support women and girl’s health around the world.

The Women’s Voice and Leadership Program will provide the following types of support to rights organizations:
•    Multi-year funding;
•    Fast, responsive funding for discrete activities and short projects to allow for nimble, timely and strategic responses to unforeseen events, and to pilot innovative ideas;
•    Institutional capacity-building support; and
•    Network and alliance building for movement building to amplify the voices of local women’s rights organizations and to foster an enabling environment in which broader collective action can coalesce.

Colleen Lowe Morna, CEO of Gender Links said that they are humbled to administer this fund in South Africa and she said that they aim to groom and grow small Women’s Rights Organisations and strengthen coalition building for these organisations across South Africa.



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