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Equality Matters newsletter: January 2024

As the New Year’s fireworks, feasts, and festivities start to quiet down, we are popping into your inbox to share our best and warmest wishes for 2024. Our New Year’s resolution? To continue bringing you the latest and greatest stories, videos, and updates that you can share with friends, family, and colleagues throughout the coming year – stay tuned! 

In this issue, we’re kicking things off with a Year in Review of the impressive advancements for gender equality, made possible with you – our partners and passionate people across Canada. We will also highlight a new Call for Proposals for 2SLGBTQI+ research, explore ending period poverty and look at how one organization is taking flight for gender equality.

Read on!

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2023 In Review

What a busy year for gender equality progress and Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)! Here are highlights from 2023... 

Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless work of our partners and equality-seeking organizations throughout Canada. Thank you for your important work and the concrete changes you’ve made to advance gender equality last year. Imagine what we can achieve together in 2024!

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Ending period poverty 

One in five Canadians who menstruate say they may not be able to afford period products at some point in the next 12 months.

The Menstrual Equity Fund (MEF) pilot is addressing the barriers related to affordability and stigma that some Canadians face when accessing menstrual products. Learn more about this pilot, how we’ve partnered with Food Banks Canada and several grassroots organizations, and the next steps in the pilot. 

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Equity takes flight

Elevate Aviation wants to show women and girls across Canada that not even the sky is the limit! 

In advance of National Aviation Day on February 23rd, learn how Elevate Aviation is inspiring women to soar in exciting careers and supporting aviation companies to create inclusive work environments where women can thrive and develop into leadership roles.

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Apply for 2SLGBTQI+ research funding

Is your organization seeking funding for community-based research and studies to support 2SLGBTQI+ communities? Don’t miss your chance!

The Call for Proposals for Intersectional Community-Based Research to Strengthen 2SLGBTQI+ Data and Evidence is now open. Submit your proposal by January 22nd.

Did you know

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There is a simple, one-handed gesture that provides a discreet way for people experiencing gender-based violence to ask for help? Shared virally around the world, the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s “Signal for Help” has been credited with saving lives.

In 2023, the Canadian Women’s Foundation also received a Governor General’s Innovation Award for this WAGE-supported project. Learn more and become a Signal for Help Responder

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