It's Time to End the Underfunding of Women's Services

The #MeToo movement is lifting the taboo on reporting violence, but federal funding to women’s services is not keeping up with the heightened demand for much-needed help.

As we are getting ready to take part in the Women's Marches happening across Canada and the United Stated this weekend, I am inspired by the life-saving work done by feminist women’s organizations to ensure protection for all women.

But I’m constantly reminded that the lack of federal core operations funding is putting women at risk. 

Following repeated calls from women’s organizations the NDP have launched a campaign: “Time to end the underfunding of women’s services”.

This call is rooted in first-hand testimony the former MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith and critic for Status of Women 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 heightened demand for much-needed help. 

New Democrats propose that women’s organizations receive secure, multi-year core operational funding, as opposed to existing federal program funding that’s insecure, competitive, and takes workers’ time away from helping more women. It is also a condemnation of both Liberal and Conservative governments’ failure to fund equal access to service and protection for women across Canada. Women are done waiting: it’s time to act! 

With your help, we could make this a 2019 Budget priority for the federal Liberals. Here are some ways you can be involved:

1.       Share to your networks and try to gather as many signatures as possible.

  • Every 25 signatures on paper gives a Member of Parliament the right to raise the issue in Parliament. You can mail completed petitions back to me or any MP you choose.

2.       Reinforce this petition campaign by sending your advice for the 2019 federal budget to: