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Ottawa pledges $4.49 million in funding for survivors of gender-based violence

Monday, June 03, 2019 @ 1:50 PM | By John Chunn

The federal government on May 31 announced the selection of five organizations based in Quebec that will receive up to $4.49 million in funding to support survivors of gender-based violence. This includes people who have been underserved, such as Indigenous women and their communities, children and youth, ethno-cultural women, women who are newcomers, refugees or non-status, and women living with disabilities.

The following organizations will receive funding:

•        Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan;
•        DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN);
•        Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes;
•        La rue des femmes de Montréal; and
•        McGill University.

Last year, Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef announced more than $50 million in funding for nearly 60 projects in communities across the country, including the one announced on May 31, to support survivors of gender-based violence and their families.

“With this investment, we are funding organizations which provide essential services to support survivors and their families in Quebec,” said Monsef. “For far too long organizations engaged in doing this work have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. We are finally changing that reality and listening to those who best understand: leaders from the women’s sector.

“This funding opportunity was developed with them, and we are grateful for their ongoing advice which continues to inform Canada’s first Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. Leaders asked for more dollars over a longer period of time to meet the ever growing demand for their services; they asked for a simplified application process; and they asked for resources to help provide supports for the most underserved and marginalized survivors of gender-based violence. Our government listened. Gender-based violence must not be tolerated, and we will continue to work with survivors, community partners, the private sector and other orders of government to end GBV in all of its forms.”