Our Commitment to Accountability
The Equality Fund strives to uphold feminist values in service of greater gender equality. Our actions must align with our commitments. How we conduct ourselves as staff is a critical part of how we live into these values and is fundamental to the quality, sincerity, and impact of our work.
Our feminism is resolutely anti-racist, anti-oppressive, anti-colonial, human rights-based, and welcoming of all abilities, sexual identities, ages, and faiths. Building an organizational culture that espouses and lives these values is a continuous journey of learning and unlearning, and we are committed to building and sustaining this culture.
The Equality Fund personnel commit to observing high standards of ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. Personnel must demonstrate honesty and integrity in fulfilling their responsibilities and comply with all applicable local and international laws as well as the Equality Fund Code of Conduct, policies and regulations. Complaints of misconduct are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.
As a feminist organization, our work acknowledges and addresses abuses of power in all its forms. Unequal gender dynamics and power relationships provide the basis for sexual exploitation and abuse. Due to their unequal status, women, girls, and non-binary people are particularly at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. Gender inequalities intersect with other inequalities (such as age, disability, nation of origin, social-economic status, race, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs). As an organization based in Canada working internationally, we are particularly aware of our own place in these relationships, and the intersecting power dynamics and the harm that can arise from abuses of power.
The Equality Fund offers safe and confidential reporting mechanisms so that any person can report misconduct, exploitation or abuse by Equality Fund personnel. Violations or incidents can be submitted without fear of reprisal by sending an email to [email protected]. Disclosures are confidential and the Equality Fund will do everything within its control to protect the identity of the person making the report.
To the best of our ability, the Equality Fund will ensure that complaints made about personnel are adequately responded to, addressed and/or investigated as appropriate.
We welcome feedback from our stakeholders, donors, grantee partners, and suppliers regarding our organization and our work. Please submit feedback to [email protected] and we will handle all with care and will do our best to respond as soon as we are able.