Ottawa, Ontario (June 2, 2019) – The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) welcomes the launch of the Gender Equality Partnership in support of gender equality and the rights of girls and women in developing countries and in Canada. The Equality Fund will be leading the creation and the roll out of the Gender Equality Partnership, as announced today at the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver.

“The Gender Equality Partnership is a unique and transformational initiative that will ensure long-term sustainable funding for women’s organizations to advance women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls overseas and in Canada. Nothing like it exists anywhere,” says Nicolas Moyer, President and CEO of CCIC. “We believe in the strength of working in partnerships, and this new initiative will unite diverse actors and draw on the strengths of each partner.”  

In 2017, the Government of Canada adopted a Feminist International Assistance Policy that seeks to eradicate poverty and build a more peaceful, more inclusive and more prosperous world, with a focus on promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls. While several other donor countries are also working on gender equality, the Gender Equality Partnership is the first initiative allowing members of the philanthropic community, the private sector, not-for profit and non-governmental organizations to unite with government and leverage their funds to ensure long-term sustainable financing. This new partnership offers the potential to mobilize unprecedented levels of resources and create a sustainable and predictable source of funding for organizations with a primary mandate to advance women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries and in Canada. 

 “Today’s announcement represents a concrete contribution to fulfilling the ambition of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy,” added Mr. Moyer. “We look forward to an open and inclusive process for implementing the partnership in a way that meets the full potential of this new model for long-term transformational progress towards gender equality.” 

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About the Canadian Council for International Co-Operation (CCIC)

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s independent national voice for international development. Together with 80+ member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. CCIC is committed to making this goal a public and political priority and to encouraging the actions necessary to make a poverty-free world a reality.

Nicolas Moyer, President and CEO of CCIC, sits on Global Affairs Canada’s External Advisory Committee for the Gender Equality Partnership, alongside other members from civil society, the philanthropic community and the private sector. The Advisory Committee provided independent advice on process steps, requirements, assessment tools and outreach, but did not participate in the selection process for the implementing consortium.

For more information and to arrange an interview with Nicolas Moyer, President-CEO of CCIC, contact:
Sophie Rosa
Director, Public Affairs and Member Services
Canadian Council for International Co-operation
E-mail: srosa@ccic.ca
Cell phone: (613) 219-6514

Note: The Equality Fund collective is a partnership between leading actors in feminist organizing, global philanthropy and impact investing that is consolidating talent and expertise to design and build the Equality Fund. The Equality Fund partners are: The MATCH International Women’s Fund (The MATCH Fund), The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Calvert Impact Capital, The Canadian Women’s Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), Oxfam Canada, Philanthropy for Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR), Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Foundation, WUSC (World University Service of Canada), Yaletown Partners. For more information, visit their website: https://www.equalityfund.ca/