Over a million dollars will be delivered to two organizations in Nipissing-Timiskaming who the federal government says are dedicated to providing essential supports and services to women and children experiencing gender-based violence.
The Canadian Institute of Forestry will be receiving $550,383 for a 33-month project, that will help advance women and other underrepresented groups’ recovery from the current impacts of COVID-19 by addressing systemic change issues.
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario will receive $489,300 for two project managers and honourariums to establish the Women’s Lived Experience Advisory Board for the province of Ontario, with a special focus on central and northern Ontario.
“The projects will encourage women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles, improve their economic security and prosperity and work to end gender-based violence,” reads the release.
Mark Pearson, Executive Director at the Canadian Institute of Forestry says the resources will support the advancement and employment of women and other underrepresented groups through the acceleration of the Free to Grow in Forestry initiative which will “[lead] transformational change in the forest sector and providing employment opportunities for Canada’s increasingly diverse population.”
“This will not only support individual Canadians, but it will also help to strengthen the performance of the forest sector and Canada’s economic competitiveness in a global market economy,” said Pearson.
Cory Roslyn, Executive Director at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario is excited and grateful to be receiving the grant.
“These funds will support women and gender diverse people across our region and help us to build on the work of Elizabeth Fry. We will work together to eliminate stigma, create opportunities for knowledge sharing and systemic changes within our communities,” said Rosyln.
“As we move towards an inclusive recovery, meaningful progress to advance gender equality is needed now more than ever to ensure no one is left behind,” said the Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming. ” These investments made will further gender-equality and ensure a strong and vibrant women’s movement. We need to continue to take strong action to ensure that women and girls are safe, thriving, and present at decision-making tables now, and in the future.”