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International Women's Day

Resources to Help Women and Girls Succeed

Below you will find some examples of organizations that work to empower women and girls.

This is not an exhaustive list. Community-based organizations are working across the country on projects that help women and girls succeed — you may wish research and seek some out in your region.


Actua is a national charity that is preparing youth to be innovators and leaders by engaging them in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences that build critical skills and confidence. Through its National Girls Program, Actua inspires young women to fulfill their role as leaders in STEM and encourages their engagement in STEM fields like engineering and computer science where women continue to be vastly underrepresented.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

For more than 100 years, Boys and Girls Clubs in communities across Canada have been helping young people to discover, develop and achieve their best potential as they grow to become Canada's future adults, citizens and leaders, by engaging them in activities that challenge and help them develop healthy minds and bodies.

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS)

CAEFS is an association of self-governing, community-based Elizabeth Fry Societies that work with and for women and girls in the justice system, particularly those who are, or may be, criminalized. Together, Elizabeth Fry Societies develop and advocate the beliefs, principles and positions that guide CAEFS. The association exists to ensure substantive equality in the delivery and development of services and programs through public education, research, legislative and administrative reform, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Canadian Women’s Foundation

This women’s foundation specializes in helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence.

DisAbled Women’s Network Canada (DAWN-RAFH)

DAWN-RAFH Canada’s mission is to end the poverty, isolation, discrimination and violence experienced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. It works towards the advancement and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities and Deaf women in Canada, focusing on leadership, partnership and networking to engage all levels of government and the wider disability and women’s sectors and other stakeholders in addressing our key issues.

Empower Women

Joint initiative of UN Women and the Government of Canada dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full economic potential by inspiring both women and men to become advocates, change makers and leaders in their community.

Equal Voice

Equal Voice is a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Since 2005, FCM's Standing Committee on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government has developed and implemented programs and initiatives to increase women's participation in municipal decision making. Over the last 10+ years, FCM has actively engaged women's knowledge and understanding on how decisions are made in local government structures and processes through Head Start for Young Women, Protégé, and Getting to 30%.

Girls Action Foundation

Girls Action Foundation is a non-profit organization that believes in the power of girls as agents of social change. Through their network of organizations across Canada, they lead, develop, and implement transformative programs that are adapted and relevant to the changing realities of girls’ and young women’s lives.

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

NWAC works to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies.

WeConnect International

WeConnect International helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains.

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

LEAF is a national, charitable, non-profit organization, founded in 1985. LEAF works to advance the substantive equality rights of women and girls in Canada through litigation, law reform and public education using the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

WBE Canada

WBE Canada certifies women-owned, managed and controlled businesses and provides a range of services to help them access opportunities with major corporations.

YWCA Canada

YWCA Canada is the country’s oldest largest women's multi-service organization. With 32 Member Associations operating in more than 400 districts and communities across the country, its Turning Point Programs for Women™ - which address personal safety, economic security and well-being – reach out to over 400,000 women and girls in nine provinces and two territories. YWCA is the largest national provider of shelter to women, serving 25,000 women, children and teen girls including 6,000 fleeing domestic violence each year. They are the largest provider of literacy, life skills, employment and counselling programs in the country, and the second largest provider of childcare services.

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The upper half of the background is white, the bottom half is a dark purple. The following text, in white, appears in the bottom half: "Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality", “Tag a woman who inspires you” ,"International Women's Day", the date "March 8", the web address, the twitter name Women_Canada and the hashtag #youareempowerment.”

In the upper half of the poster, six figures form a human pyramid. The figure on the bottom left is pale blue; the next figure is yellow and wears a ponytail; the figure on the right is pale green and also wears a ponytail. In the middle of the pyramid, the figure on the right is violet-coloured and wears a bun; the figure on the left is dark grey. The figure on the top of the pyramid is purple and has shoulder-length hair.

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