Pauktuutit women’s organization receives $125,000 for leadership project
Funding from feds will help address gender-based violence, says president
The national organization representing Inuit women in Canada has received $125,000 from the federal Department of Women and Gender Equality.
Rebecca Kudloo, president of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, said the money will go towards the organization’s Empowering Inuit Women in Leadership project.
“The main goal of the project is to develop leadership opportunities that will help to address gender-based violence,” Kudloo said in an email.
She added the project will also help give Pauktuutit a community presence.
The project aims to implement a gender-based violence framework to advance Inuit women’s leadership. She said Pauktuutit applied to the department for the funding.
“It is our hope that the outcomes of our initial research will lead to opportunities to better meet the needs and aspirations of Inuit women,” she said.
“The goal is to improve or enhance the participation of Inuit women leadership roles across Canada.”
Marci Ien, minister for women and gender equality and youth, announced via a Facebook livestream on Jan. 21 that $14 million will go towards 34 projects supporting Indigenous women across Canada.
She said in a media release that the funding is meant to help address the intersectional barriers to equality that many communities face.
“We cannot achieve true and lasting gender equality without ensuring the safety of diverse Indigenous peoples,” Ien said, adding that community organizations saw an increased demand for support during the pandemic.
The project’s focus is on improving economic participation of Indigenous women, increasing leadership in various sectors and preventing and eliminating gender-based violence.
Other northern Indigenous organizations who will receive funding include the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council and the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle.