To commemorate International Women’s Day, the CMA Foundation has made a $25,000 donation to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s work to help women move themselves out of poverty.
This donation will go to programs that provide women with training in the skilled trades and technology, self-employment, and social purpose enterprise. The programs also offer a range of wrap-around supports, like childcare, emergency loans, mentoring, and financial literacy training.
“There are many obstacles faced by women who live in poverty, from a lack of affordable housing and childcare, to the absence of a supportive social network. Women need access to resources and training that build their confidence and skills to move forward,” says CMA Foundation President, Allison Seymour. “The journey out of poverty is not linear, it’s often two steps forward, one step back, a step sideways. Poverty is a critical determinant of health and through this donation the CMA Foundation offers its support to women, so they can live full and healthy lives.”
The CMA Foundation’s donation will help the Canadian Women’s Foundation support 750+ women each year. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, the Canadian Women’s Foundation works to achieve systemic change that includes all women. By supporting community programs, they empower women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.
The CMA Foundation is the private foundation of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Through collaborative relationships with our partners, the CMA Foundation provides impactful giving to improve the health of Canadians and support excellence in health care.