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CRIAW-ICREF Parallel Event

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.


  • Prabha Khosla, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW-ICREF)


  • Gertrud Åström, Gender Equality Expert, Sweden
  • Martha Salazar, Women in Development Europe Plus (WIDE+)
  • Jackie Neapole, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW-ICREF)

How to Register for the NGO CSW Virtual Forum:

  • First, register on EventBrite here.
  • You will receive an email from Eventbrite to confirm your ticket.
  • You will receive an additional email inviting you to register for the Forum’s virtual platform.

Where to find the Core Funding for Women’s Groups Parallel Event:

  • Once you have registered for the NGO CSW Virtual Forum, you can find the full list of events under “Schedule” on the top menu bar, and then “Agenda”.
  • Or, access the parallel event directly here.

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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.