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).
Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors.
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.
Care is non-profit dedicated to fighting global poverty by working with communities and women in particular to improve education, gender-based violence, provide health care, increase sanitation, and build economic opportunity. Care works in 95 countries worldwide, striving for sustainable solutions by engaging in discrimination issues, addressing policy decisions, and building self-help capacity in communities. Care also provides relief and aid during emergency crises.
The Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) is a dynamic network of volunteers across Canada. We advocate at local, national, and international levels. We work to engage Canadian and international support for measures that will significantly improve the quality of life for Africa’s grandmothers as they strive to hold their families and communities together in the face of the AIDS pandemic. GRAN’s advocacy work is grounded on a firm commitment to social justice, equality and human rights. Our current focus is on:
- ensuring access to affordable medicine
- improving access to education
- ending violence against women and girls
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.
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.
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.
The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) was founded in 1893, incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1914, and given national historic significance status on April 30th, 2001 by the Government of Canada. Since 1893 NCWC has been working to improve the lives of women, children and communities in Canada. Today there are Local Councils of Women and Study Groups in 20 Canadian cities and Provincial Councils of Women in 5 Canadian provinces, along with 27 National Organizations affiliated with NCWC.
NCWC is a member of the International Council of Women, which represents the National Councils of Women in more than 70 countries, and of the Regional Council of the Americas, which represents National Councils of Women in the Western Hemisphere. NCWC has accreditation with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. In 2004, NCWC recognized the essential role of women to peace, and passed a resolution stating that NCWC adopt as policy that women be included in creating and implementing peaceful solutions to conflict. Further, in 2012, NCWC urged the Government of Canada to initiate and encourage support for UNSC resolutions addressing Women, Peace and Security and to join with the international community in sending an unequivocal message that violence against women and children will not be condoned, stressing that impunity will not be tolerated, and ensuring the adoption of concrete measures to protect women and to prevent gender-based violence such as rape as a weapon of war in armed conflict and post conflict.
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.
Peacebuild is a member-based network of Canadian non-governmental organizations and individuals actively involved in peacebuilding practice and policy development. Our goal is to engender greater coherence and effectiveness in building peace through fostering collaboration and coordination among diverse stakeholders in Canada and with partners overseas.
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.
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.
The World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC) is a not-for-profit research, education and advocacy organization. World federalism seeks to invest legal and political authority in world institutions in order to deal with problems which can only be treated adequately at the global level, while affirming the sovereignty of the nation-state in matters which are essentially internal. Programs cover the broad areas of global governance, peace and security, global democratization, and human rights.
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.
In addition to our organizational members, the WPSN-C has over 25 individual members.
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