CanWaCH receives funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada for new Gender Equality Summit

August 9, 2021 – On Friday, August 6, 2021, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development announced new funding for the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) to support a series of events over the next two years to bring together feminist organizations and community leaders.

The first annual Gender Equality Summit will take place during Canada’s Gender Equality Week in September 2022. The summit will provide a forum for the gender equality movement to come together, in all its diversity, to strengthen connections and expertise to create a fairer, stronger and more equitable Canada.

“Canada is fortunate to have a diverse community of actors working towards a gender-equal future,” said Julia Anderson, CEO of CanWaCH. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the resiliency of the gender equality movement across the globe, from grassroots youth-led organizations to large domestic and international organizations working across Canada and around the world. This funding provides a tremendous opportunity to bring together this incredible community.”

Through the Equal Futures Network, CanWaCH amplifies the efforts of over 300 organizations, community and grassroots groups working to achieve gender equality in Canadian communities from coast to coast to coast. 

To accompany the Summits, CanWaCH will host quarterly incubator sessions to identify and discuss the year’s most pressing issues. Themes for these sessions will be determined in consultation with the Equal Futures Network Advisory Committee, Women and Gender Equality Canada and an event-specific committee to consider issues like; childcare, equal pay, 2SLGTBQ representation, decolonization and reconciliation, gender-based violence, and the environment.


Media Contact: 

Lauren Murray 
Communications Manager, CanWaCH 
(613) 408-5141 | [email protected] 

CanWaCH | The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health is comprised of approximately 100 Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, health professional associations and individuals partnering to improve health outcomes for women and children in more than 1,000 communities worldwide. 

Equal Futures Network | The Equal Futures Network brings together organizations, agencies, non-profits and grassroots community groups across Canada that are committed to advancing gender equality. Made possible through the financial support of Women and Gender Equality Canada (WaGE) and coordinated by the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), the Equal futures Network builds diverse partnerships to accelerate Canada’s progress in achieving equality and empowerment.


August 9, 2021