Core Funding for Women’s Groups: Conversations between Feminists
Time: March 18, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Location: CSW65 NGO Virtual Forum (Zoom)
This open and participatory parallel event will provide a forum where feminists from around the world can exchange collective strategies for building core funding for women’s organizations. Speakers will share their knowledge and expertise on how we can address this fundamental issue affecting women’s organizations’ capacity for civic engagement, according to the different funding models in place in their respective countries and regions. This event will foster collaboration and a collective conversation with a view to inspire positive action in our domestic contexts, as well as internationally.
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The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women / L’Institut canadien de recherches sur les femmes (CRIAW-ICREF) is a national non-profit feminist organization dedicated to researching and documenting the economic and social situation of women in Canada, using feminist, intersectional frameworks and participatory action research.
In the 26 years since Beijing, the women’s movement in Canada has been systemically defunded. As a women’s organization ourselves, we have struggled without sustainable funding and in our recent research project we heard from 100s of other organizations about the impacts of inflexible, short term project-based funding and how it has severely weakened women’s organizations capacity for advocacy and action. We have since advocated for the reinstatement of a sustainable, core funding model which supports the work of women’s organizations. Over the years, we have heard from women’s organizations and feminists from around the world as they fight against similar defunding efforts, while working to continue their important work for women’s rights.