On Thursday, February 11, Canada announced a women's support fund for those impacted by the pandemic. 

The new Feminist Response and Recovery Fund will disburse $100 million for projects that work to support women in need. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified systemic and longstanding inequalities, with women and girls disproportionately affected by the crisis. The Government of Canada

"The Government of Canada is taking strong action to prevent the pandemic from rolling back progress or reversing the hard-won gains of women in Canada," the news release continues. 

The funding will be directed to projects and organizations in support of marginalized or underrepresented women. 

The money will be awarded to organizations that work in the following priority areas:

  • Ending violence against women and girls
  • Improving the economic security and prosperity of women and girls
  • Promoting women in leadership and decision-making positions 

"Women have been hardest hit by COVID. They continue to take on the majority of the work on the frontlines of the pandemic," said Maryam Monsef, minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development. 

"Our government is investing in women’s and equity seeking orgs because it’s one of the best ways to advance gender equality."

The call for proposals will be open until March 25, 2021.