Time to End the Underfunding of Women’s Services

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Following cries for help from women’s organizations struggling for decades due to the lack of federal core operations funding, I am launching the NDP campaign “Time to end the underfunding of women’s services”. The campaign calls on the Liberal government to immediately provide secure, multi-year core operational funding to women’s organizations, and ensure equality of access to services and protection for all women in Canada.

This call is rooted in first-hand testimony I’ve heard from women’s groups, shelters, transition houses, and front-line workers struggling to keep the lights on and doors open. The #MeToo movement is lifting the taboo on reporting violence, but federal funding to women’s services is not keeping up with the demand for much-needed help.

Despite the all-party Status of Women committee recommending immediate federal funding to meet the growing demand for services, the Liberal government continues to underfund the work of women’s organizations throughout the country. Direct federal funding to women’s organizations represents less than 0.01% of total federal program spending; only about $1 for every woman in Canada.

Women and children are bearing the cost of Justin Trudeau’s inaction. Failing to act on core operations funding now is placing women’s lives at risk. After years of neglect, Justin Trudeau’s government needs to immediately fund equal levels of services and protection for women across Canada. Women are done waiting: it’s time to act!