Women’s Voice and Leadership

As of August 2019, Canada has announced 32 projects, in 30 countries, with 21 partners, resulting in over $174 million in contributions.

Canada’s approach

This program responds to the needs of local women’s organizations in developing countries. The program, announced in June 2017, is part of our Feminist International Assistance Policy.

By providing women’s rights organizations and networks with direct funding, this program reduces funding gaps. The support we provide helps them advance gender equality and empower of women in developing countries, and promote and protect their human rights.

As part of the program, Canada will work with partners to:

  • improve the management and sustainability of local and regional women’s rights organizations
  • strengthen the capacity of women’s rights organizations to program and advocate to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls
  • increase the effectiveness of local and national women’s rights platforms, networks and alliances to affect policy, legal and social change.

Assistance projects

These projects respond to the needs and priorities identified by women’s rights organizations and place women at the centre of project implementation.

Trade Agreements
Project titlePartnerCountry/RegionProject Contribution to the $150M WVL Commitment
Women's Voice and Leadership in HondurasOxfam QuébecHonduras$5,150,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in MozambiqueCESC  (Centro de Aprendizagem e Capacitação da Sociedade Civil)Mozambique$8,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in South SudanCARE CanadaSouth Sudan$5,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in the Middle Eastto be confirmedMiddle East$5,500,000
Pan-African Women's Voice and LeadershipAfrican Women's Development FundSub-Saharan Africa$7,200,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in HaitiCECI-Centre d'étude et de coopération internationaleHaiti$8,300,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in Sri LankaThe Asia FoundationSri Lanka$3,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in SenegalCECI-Centre d'étude et de coopération internationaleSenegal$6,500,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in MaliSOCODEVI- Société de coopération pour le développement international / CECI-Centre d'étude et de coopération internationaleMali$8,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in BangladeshManusher Jonno FoundationBangladesh$7,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in AfghanistanThe Asia FoundationAfghanistan$8,400,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in BeninOxfam QuébecBenin$2,800,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in the CaribbeanMATCH International CenterCarribbean Region$4,800,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in EthiopiaPlan International CanadaEthiopia$7,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in MyanmarNordic International Support FoundationMyanmar$5,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in PeruCuso InternationalPeru$5,249,668
Women's Voice and Leadership in GuatemalaOxfam CanadaGuatemala$2,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in UkraineUkrainian Women's FundUkraine$5,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)The Carter CenterDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC)$9,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in KenyaCARE CanadaKenya$8,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in GhanaPlan International CanadaGhana$5,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in Burkina FasoOxfam QuébecBurkina Faso$4,200,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in Tanzania (WFT)Women's Fund TanzaniaTanzania$2,750,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in Tanzania (TGNP)Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP)Tanzania$2,250,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in PakistanOxfam CanadaPakistan$8,500,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in South AfricaGender LinksSouth Africa$4,100,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in MoroccoOxfam QuébecMorocco$3,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in TunisiaOxfam QuébecTunisia$3,000,000
Women’s Voice and Leadership in ColombiaOxfam QuébecColombia$5,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in NigeriaActionAid NigeriaNigeria$10,000,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in IndonesiaHivosIndonesia$4,430,000
Women's Voice and Leadership in IndonesiaWomen-Headed Family Empowerment (PEKKA) FoundationIndonesia$1,800,000
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