Our Members

Organizational Members

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Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a non-profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty.  Established in 1980, AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network.

La Fondation Aga Khan Canada (Fondation) est un organisme de développement international sans but lucratif qui oeuvre en Asie et en Afrique en vue de trouver des solutions durables aux problèmes complexes qui causent la pauvreté dans le monde. Mise sur pied en 1980, la Fondation est un organisme de bienfaisance canadien enregistré qui fait partie du Réseau Aga Khan de développement.


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Established in 1996, CANADEM is a not-for-profit Canadian agency dedicated to advancing international peace and security around the world through the rostering, rapid mobilization, and mission management of experts committed to International Service with the UN, other IGOs, NGOs and governments. CANADEM’s 1325 roster currently has 12,826 women, 2,947 of which are from the global south including Africa and the Middle East – many supporting protection efforts against sexual and gender-based violence and promoting women’s greater participation in post-conflict political, economic and civil reconstruction processes.


Canadian Federation of University Women is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization of close to 9,000 women university graduates, students and Associate Members in 110 Clubs across Canada that works to improve the status of women and human rights, education, social justice, and peace. CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Education committee of the Canadian Sub-Commission to UNESCO. CFUW is the largest of the 61 affiliates of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).


The Canadian Peace Initiative (CPI) is committed to the establishment of a Department of Peace within the Government of Canada. The Department of Peace would work towards building a new architecture of peace by establishing and supporting a culture of peace and assertive non-violence in Canada and the world.

We are part of a growing international movement that includes citizens from some 50 countries represented in the Global Alliance for Ministries & Infrastructures of Peace. Four governments have already established Ministers of Peace: the Solomon Islands (2005), Nepal (2007), Costa Rica (2009), and most recently the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

Our Initiative has chapters and contacts across Canada and is endorsed by more than 30 national organizations and eminent individuals. Supporters of the CPI include such prominent Canadians as the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy and Senators Doug Roche and Dr. Anne Pearson. The CPI is also supported by several organizations that together represent 2 million Canadians, such as the Council of Canadians, the World Federalist Movement-Canada, and Physicians for Global Survival.


Canadian Voice of Women for Peace provides a means for women to exercise responsibility for the promotion of world peace and justice, through education of themselves and others to take an equal part in the democratic process of decision making; and to cooperate with women throughout the world to create the mutual respect and understanding necessary for the peaceful resolution of international conflict.


The CCYF-CCJF is a network to further the inclusion of young people at high-level domestic and international conferences and forums, such as the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the High Level Political Forum, the United Nations Security Council Open Debates on Youth, Peace and Security and Women, Peace and Security, and children affected by armed conflict. The CCYF-CCJF creates a platform for young people to network through existing organizations and aims to strengthen and grow youth involvement within these organizations. This initiative provides young women, men, and non-binary Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30 an opportunity to engage with various civil society organizations, government entities, and other like-minded youth through an online network and at international
and domestic conferences through various volunteering opportunities. The Council offers opportunities online, across Canada and internationally, as well as remote volunteer positions to strengthen your resumé. The CCYF-CCJF also works to bridge the gap between young Canadian leaders and parliamentarians, through its partnership with the Canadian Association of Feminist Parliamentarians.


The Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) is a national organization committed to the professional, social and personal advancement of women physicians and to the promotion of the well-being of women both in the medical profession and in society at large since 1924. For more information, please visit: www.fmwc.ca


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The Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) is a dynamic network of volunteers from across Canada working together to influence policy change and stimulate effective action in Canada and internationally to promote and protect the human rights of grandmothers, children and youth of sub-Saharan Africa.

GRAN’s work is grounded on a firm commitment to social justice, equality and human rights. Older women and the children they support are at the centre of our advocacy.  
We take action in four key areas:

  • The Right to Health
  • The Right to Education and Life-long Learning
  • The Right to Freedom from ViolenceThe Right to Economic Security and Social Protection

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Inter Pares supports 120 counterpart organizations in 37 countries in order to encourage communities to be involved in their own development. Inter Pares is committed to issues relating to food sovereignty, peace and democracy, economic justice, health, migration, and women’s equality. Inter Pares takes initiative in raising funds to support counterparts, addresses the need to improve policy, and directly supports organizations which encourage women’s leadership, agency, and gender equality.


The International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP) was founded in 1998 to strengthen the capacity of women’s NGOs in Canada and internationally to advocate for women’s human rights. The IWRP works to influence the implementation of international human rights standards through collaboration, participatory research and evidence-based advocacy. IWRP operates on a project-by-project basis, with support from universities, funding from private donors, foundations, individuals and government sources. We work with a team of student interns, volunteers, and international associates. Our model is to work in partnership with civil society organizations, research institutions, donors, universities, and individuals. IWRP works in partnership with Canadian and international NGOs, by invitation, to provide research, capacity-building, and an exchange of knowledge and learning. IWRP believes strongly in “femtorship” and we have had the privilege of ‘femtoring’ students from several disciplines. IWRP is incorporated as an independent non-profit organization in Canada and in South Africa. As of 2013, the IWRP is based in Vancouver, B.C.


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KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives is a social justice organization of eleven national churches and religious organizations in Canada, joining with people of faith and conscience in action for social transformation and justice around the world. Launched in 2010, the KAIROS Women of Courage program focuses on developing responses to gender-based violence in the global South and in Canada by strengthening partners’ capacity to defend and promote human rights, building awareness about human rights violation and violence against women and strengthening networking and mobilization. The program is rooted in the understanding that while women around the world face many injustices, they can be agents of change when given the opportunity to speak out and be heard.


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The MATCH International Women’s Fund is the only fund of its kind in Canada. We support projects that dismantle barriers, challenge perceptions and change the world for women. We help women hold the ground they’ve gained while they look for ways to break new ground for women’s rights.


Mines Action Canada (MAC) is an international leader working to eliminate the serious humanitarian, environmental and development consequences of indiscriminate weapons.

MAC is a committed global advocate working to alleviate the impact that these weapons have on the rights, dignity and well-being of civilian populations through humanitarian disarmament. MAC does this by engaging the public; supporting domestic and international partners; researching and monitoring the performance and compliance levels of disarmament and humanitarian laws; and by developing and disseminating resources.


The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and six courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality. We support women’s human rights defenders in countries as diverse as Sudan, Burma, Iran and Mexico.


Oxfam Canada is an affiliate of the international Oxfam Confederation. Together we are networked in over 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change.  Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.  Oxfam’s goals include sustained, widespread changes in attitudes and beliefs about gender power relations in order to further women’s rights and gender justice. We are determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.


Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children, delivering programs and improving children’s lives in more than 120 countries worldwide. We believe every child deserves a future. Around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach and in 2015, our programs directly reached more than 62.2 million children. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.


Sisters Trust is a feminist non-profit that provides support to women human rights defenders in exile in Canada. By giving resources to these women, Sisters Trust rejects the gender stereotypes and violence that invalidate women defenders’ important work and role as catalysts for social change.


The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is an historic, national charitable organization providing the leading policy voice on multilateralism in Canada. Our mission is to educate and engage Canadians in the work of the UN and the critical international issues that affect us all. We believe that a strong and effective United Nations is essential if we are to secure a future based on equality, dignity and justice for all.
UNA-Canada engages citizens and decision makers at every level of Canadians society. We invest across generations, bringing empathy-based educational resources on health, citizen education, diversity, peace and the environment to both the best and the brightest and to most marginalized youth within Canada and in the world’s poorest countries.


Women in International Security Canada (WIIS-Canada) is a national network dedicated to advancing women’s leadership at all stages of their careers in international peace and security. WIIS-Canada (pronounced “wise”) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs. We are the Canadian branch of a global network that was created in the United States in 1987, as a response to the lack of support for women in male-dominated foreign policy and defense environments. Today WIIS has members – women and men – in 47 countries, representing a diverse range of expertise, generations, and efforts in relation to the international gender, peace and security sector.


The World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC) is a not-for-profit research, education and advocacy organization. World Federalists support the application of the principles of federalism to world affairs, in order that global governance becomes more equitable, just and democratically accountable. Programs cover the broad areas of Peace and Security, Global Democratization, Responsibility to Protect and Global Governance Reforms and include interests in the International Criminal Court and the development of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.


The WPS Group is a Canadian company specializing in advancing gender equality and the women, peace and security agenda within the context of peace and security. We work with organizations to conduct gender assessments and develop gender mainstreaming strategies, we advise on the integration of gender perspectives and the WPS agenda as part of institutional policies, guidelines, programmes and projects, and we develop innovative training solutions tailored to the specific needs of our partners. We are based in Ottawa, Canada. For more information, please visit our website: www.thewpsgroup.com

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