Women’s Voice and Leadership — Caribbean
Strengthening Women’s LBTIQ Rights Organizations and Movements in the Caribbean
In June 2017, the Government of Canada launched the Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) Program, as part of its Feminist International Assistance Policy, to provide women’s rights organizations and movements in developing countries with direct funding to advance gender equality. Organizations are implementing 32 projects in 30 different developing countries and/or regions under the Women’s Voice and Leadership Program. These projects respond to the needs of women’s rights organizations and put women at the centre of decision-making.
In September 2018, the Equality Fund (formerly The MATCH International Women’s Fund) and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) began a partnership to co-implement WVL-Caribbean, a five-year program with $4.8 million initiative to advance women’s and LBTIQ rights and gender equality in the Caribbean region.
Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries in the Caribbean community
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Saint Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
5 years (2019-2024)
Caribbean women’s rights organizations and lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, and queer groups
Equality Fund and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Government of Canada
Resources and Documents
Our WVL-Caribbean e-newsletter is distributed quarterly to provide updates about the project’s progress in all of its components—grantmaking, capacity-building, and network and alliance-building. This is also a space to share relevant information and amplify Caribbean women’s voices outside of the project. To submit an item for the WVL-Caribbean Quarterly, email [email protected].