Government of Canada
A lasting legacy of global change.
It was time for a breakthrough. The kind of breakthrough that is born from courage—and a collective determination to transcend the barriers of the past.
In 2018, the Government of Canada issued a bold call to action and launched a selection process to establish a dramatically new kind of partnership for gender equality. The vision was to bring together the philanthropic sector, the private sector, civil society, and government to mobilize unprecedented resources and create a sustainable and predictable source of support for women’s organizations and movements in the global South.
The Government of Canada undertook a rigorous two-step selection process and in June 2019 announced its intention to contribute an unprecedented $300 million to establish the Equality Fund. The Government of Canada selected the Equality Fund consortium to deliver on its initiative, entering into a funding agreement with three of the collective members: Equality Fund (previously The MATCH International Women’s Fund), World University Services of Canada and Toronto Foundation. The agreement sets out an ambitious agenda for achieving gender equality, enabled by financial and governance systems and structures that meet the Government’s due diligence requirements. As such, the Government of Canada can also serve as a vehicle for other bilateral donors interested in supporting and investing in the Equality Fund, including through delegated co-operation arrangements.
Support to the Equality Fund is a bold vote of confidence in a gender equal future. It is a contribution toward the development of a global partnership that will shift resources and power to women’s rights organizations and movements in a sustainable manner. It plants the seeds of a lasting legacy and stands as a powerful example for the rest of the world.