Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed

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Theme: Engaging girls and young women in leadership roles

Project Objectives

  • To develop the capacity of girls and young women to identify and respond to specific barriers to their full participation in civic, political and community life in Canada.
  • To support measures to respond to the under-representation of girls and young women in these sectors.

Description

Projects under this theme will build partnerships and collaboration between individuals, communities and stakeholders to identify and respond to the specific barriers that girls and women face in participating in civic, political and community life. In concert with stakeholders at all levels, girls and young women will help identify the issues affecting their participation and expand their understanding of these issues. Girls and young women will also develop leadership skills and help deliver innovative girl-led strategies to overcome these barriers and positively impact their communities.

Target Population

Girls and/or young women under 25 years of age

Funding Available

Up to $200,000.

Duration

Up to 24 months.

Key Activities

  1. Engage and establish working partnerships with relevant community stakeholders. For example: women's and other community organizations, including youth/girl groups, community leaders, young men/boys, parents/parental groups, schools/school boards, student bodies, local, regional or provincial governments, training institutions, etc.
  2. Planproject and adapt to local needs
    • Conduct a needs assessment, taking gender issues into consideration, for increasing girls' and young women' engagement in civic, political and community life;
    • Identify barriers as well as priorities and potential strategies for increasing the number of women and girls involved in civic, political and community life in Canada.
    • Engage girls/young women and other stakeholders in identifying gaps, opportunities, resources, and potential strategies as well as valuable existing institutional mechanisms (for example: policies, programs, services, models, planning and decision-making processes, etc.).
  3. Develop/adapt specific activities for girls/young women to address the priority challenges they have identified in their communities.
    • Identify promising practices to overcome barriers to girls' and women's full participation in civic, political and community life.
  4. Delivery and implementation. Projects must, at a minimum, undertake the following activities :
    • Increase awareness of girls' and women's under-representation in civic, political and community leadership roles in Canada.
    • Engage, educate and network with community partner(s).
    • Apply what has been learned to the delivery of girl-led action-oriented and community-based projects that address one or more of the issues underlying girls' and women's under-representation in civic, political and community life. (For example, local girls work with city councillors to establish a municipal advisory committee on issues of importance to girls in the community).

Planned Results (at project's end)

  • Participants and community partners have an increased understanding of issues relating to the under-representation of women and girls in civic, political and community life.
  • Girls and young women have gained/strengthened skills to identify and respond to issues relating to their under-representation in civic, political and community life.
  • Community members have increased their awareness of the issues contributing to girls' and women's under-representation in Canadian civic, political and community life.

Longer-Term Results (after project's end)

  • More young women are actively engaging and taking on leadership roles to address pressing issues in their communities.
  • Stakeholders have taken specific actions to address the under-representation of women and girls in leadership roles in their communities.

Project Deliverables (after approval)

Depending on the nature of the proposed project, additional requirements may apply

Month 4

Detailed project documents including: work plan, budget, results framework and performance measurement plan, risk management plan, and list of project partners including descriptions of their contributions

Month 8

Needs assessment report and updated project documents as applicable

Month 12

Interim report

Month 24 or project end date

Final report

Note:

To ensure your proposed project fulfills the requirements of this Call for Proposals and the Women's Program's eligibility criteria, contact a Status of Women Canada office to discuss the application with a project officer. This is strongly recommended before filling out the application form.

Funding cannot be used to support existing and/or ongoing activities or programs.