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Government of Canada Invests More Than $150,000 to Advance Gender Equality in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MB, Aug. 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Indigenous women, women with disabilities, members of LGBTQ2 communities, as well as newcomers, Black, racialized, and migrant women are all disproportionately impacted by longstanding inequities. Through support for Manitoba-based organizations that advance gender equality and work to break down barriers, individuals in these communities will be able to fully participate in the economic, social, and democratic life in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, visited the Rainbow Resource Centre and announced more than $150,000 for two Manitoba-based organizations to advance gender equality in their communities:

  • $26,390 for the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba to conduct research and make policy recommendations to ensure that Manitoba’s COVID-19 recovery is responsive to and supportive of the needs of marginalized communities
  • $127,144 for the Rainbow Resource Centre to strengthen its capacity and improve the inclusiveness of policies and practices with respect to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

These projects will improve the wellbeing of women and gender-diverse individuals and will help ensure that women and gender-diverse individuals and their families and communities can prosper—creating a more inclusive Canada for all.


“As a society, we cannot progress if women and gender-diverse individuals continue to face barriers that prevent them from fully accessing economic, social, and leadership opportunities. I applaud the Rainbow Resource Centre, the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba, and all other organizations working to advance gender equality in Canada. It’s through collaboration that we’ll make a difference.”

The Honourable Marci Ien, P.C., M.P., Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

“Capacity building is often neglected by funders who prefer to support outcomes related to service delivery. We are deeply grateful that Women and Gender Equality Canada understands the importance of strengthening internal processes to support long-term sustainability and success. The $127,144 funding will help the Rainbow Resource Centre nurture inclusive spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ community to thrive.”

Noreen Mian, Executive Director of the Rainbow Resource Centre

“The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB) is exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to hire our first staff member, who is focused on bringing a Gender-Based Analysis Plus perspective to Manitoba and building capacity for an intersectional feminist recovery. The IIWR-MB is rooted in five values, one of which is collaborating with the wider community to raise issues related to gender equity, justice, and power within governments, institutions, and systems in order to achieve our vision of a world where dignity, gender equity, and justice are actualized for all people. The funding provided allows us to take action within our values towards such a world.”

Teruni Walaliyadde and Christine Williams, Co-chairs of the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba

Quick Facts

  • The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba project is funded through the Women’s Program, while the Rainbow Resource Centre project is funded via the Equality for Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Program. 
  • Women are less likely than men to participate in the labour force, partly because women take on a greater share of unpaid domestic and care responsibilities while being more likely to hold part-time or temporary jobs. As a result, women, particularly older women, have less earning ability and lower overall economic security.
  • Since November 2015, the Government of Canada has significantly increased funding to women’s and equality-seeking organizations, providing more than $488 million to over 1,100 projects to ensure that everyone can participate fully in Canadian society.
  • Budget 2022 demonstrates the Government of Canada’s continued commitment to supporting an inclusive response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support for women and LGBTQ2 communities. Key gender equity investments in this budget include:
    • $539.3 million over five years to work with provinces and territories to enhance services and support to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors
    • $25 million over two years to establish a national pilot project for the Menstrual Equity Fund to help make menstrual products available to Canadians in need
    • $100 million over five years to support the implementation of the Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan to support an equal Canada for LGBTQ2 people.
  • Since April 2020, approximately $300 million in emergency COVID-19 funding has been committed to organizations supporting individuals experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This includes over $230 million provided to date to over 1,300 women’s shelters, sexual assault centres, and other organizations that provide critical support and services to those experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This funding has helped ensure continuity of services throughout the pandemic and is enhancing the capacity and responsiveness of gender-based violence organizations.
    • Because of this funding, more than 1.3 million individuals experiencing violence have had a place to go and access to support during the pandemic. 
  • Budget 2021 provided $55 million over five years to bolster the capacity of Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations to provide gender-based violence prevention programs aimed at addressing the root causes of violence. A call for proposals for this funding closed in March 2022, and Women and Gender Equality Canada will be announcing the recipients this fall.
  • Other recent investments to support LGBTQ2 communities include $15 million over three years, starting in 2021–22, for a new, distinct LGBTQ2 Projects Fund dedicated to supporting community-informed initiatives to overcome key issues facing LGBTQ2 communities. Recipients of this fund will be announced this fall.

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Inclusion 2021 – Chats with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace

Ahead of his speaking participation at the online DEI festival, INCLUSION 2021, we caught up with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace, and Founder & CEO of Brave Trainings on his thoughts on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the workplace.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Cornell speaking on an exclusive panel discussion at INCLUSION 2021, the leading virtual global business festival dedicated to equity, diversity & inclusion in the workplace.

Discussing Working towards a racially just workforce: One year on from global Black liberation uprisings 2020, Cornell will be joined by Leslie Gray, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Mozilla and Asif Sadiq MBE, Senior Vice President, Head of Equity and Inclusion at WarnerMedia International. Together they will tackle:

  • How have the commitments made by companies to address racial inequalities across the world since June 2020 translated into action? Has adequate progress been made in the short term? 
  • What should companies be aiming for in regards to quotas, and what are the pitfalls when quotas are the only driver for race diversity
  • How can companies create a safe work environment for Black and people of colour – what actions can be implemented?
  • There is also an emotional tax associated with being Black in the workplace – what are companies doing to ensure the wellbeing of their BIPOC employees?
  • Who is getting it right and from where can we draw inspiration?

Want to be part of this year’s conversation? Then what are you waiting for? Sign up now and claim your free pass to attend the fastest-growing virtual event in the industry – INCLUSION 2021.

Experience a packed agenda featuring the biggest names in DE&I, interactive workshops and roundtables, plenty of social activities, and regular networking opportunities.

By attending, you will be able to:

  • Learn from in-depth D&I keynotes, case studies and panel discussions
  • Join interactive workshops and roundtables
  • Connect with essential D&I contacts at our online diversity exhibition
  • Grow your network during our INCLUSION social hour meetups
  • Discover how to support minorities, heal divides and increase staff unity

Hear from our incredible high profile line-up of 75+ expert speakers leading the charge for diversity, equity, and inclusion change in the workplace, including:

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Rashmi Verma – Head of Diversity and Inclusion – Hugo Boss

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Rashmi Verma, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at HUGO BOSS

Joseph Nwosu – Co-Lead of the Black Experian Network ERG

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Joseph Nwosu, Co Lead of the Black at Experian Network (ERG) at Experian

Cecilia Weckstrom – Senior Global Diversity and Inclusion Director – Lego Group

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Cecilia Weckstrom, Senior Global Director, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & People Innovation at LEGO Group

Michael Vermeersch – Digital Inclusion Lead and Chair – UK Disability ERG – Microsoft

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Michael Vermeersch, Digital Inclusion Lead & Chair, UK Disability ERG at Microsoft

Michael Anaman – Head of Service Delivery and Head of Inclusion – Now TV

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Michael Anaman, Head of Service Delivery and Head of Inclusion at NOW TV

Putri Realita – Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead – Danone

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Putri Realita, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Danone

Leslie Gray MBA – Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief of Staff – Office of the CEO – Mozilla

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging State of California’s Sex and Racial Quotas for Corporate Board Membership

Alliance for Fair Board Recruitment Alleges California Statutes SB 826 and AB 979 Are Unfair and Unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas, July 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Yesterday, the Alliance for Fair Board Recruitment, a nonprofit membership organization headquartered in Austin, Texas, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California statutes SB 826 and AB 979— recently enacted laws that require all publicly traded California-based corporations to implement sex and race quotas for board members. The complaint is attached: Case 2:21-cv-05644.

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging State of California’s Sex and Racial Quotas for Corporate Board Membership

In 2018 and 2020, California enacted two laws—SB 826 and AB 979—that require all publicly traded corporations headquartered in California to discriminate based on sex and race in selecting their board members.

The 2018 statute, SB 826, requires corporations headquartered in California to have specific numbers of women on their boards, depending on how many seats the board has. The 2020 statute, AB 979, similarly requires these companies to set aside a specific number of director seats for members of “underrepresented communit[ies],” which it defines as those who self-identify as “Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, [] Alaska Native, . . . gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.”

As noted in the complaint, both of these laws are an exercise in unconstitutional and patronizing social engineering. The legal regime they institute relies on and perpetuates invidious racial categories and sex stereotypes that the American legal system has rightly discarded. These statutes not do not claim to remedy any particular past discrimination. Rather, California says that mandating race and sex discrimination is justifies because it thinks imposing these quotas will be lucrative for California’s corporations and shareholders and thus for the state.

If the Fourteenth Amendment and our foundational civil rights laws stand for anything, it is that money is no justification for race or sex discrimination.

The members of the Alliance for Fair Board Recruitment include biological males who do not self-identify as women or underrepresented minorities as defined in AB 979 and are actively seeking corporate director positions. Because of California’s laws, they are unable to compete on an equal footing for positions on the boards of directors of corporations headquartered in California, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Other members of the Alliance are stockholders in publicly traded companies headquartered in California who object to being required to illegally discriminate on the basis of race and sex in nominating and selecting board candidates.

Edward Blum, president of the Alliance for Fair Board Recruitment, said, “California’s sex and race quotas for corporate board membership are indisputably violations of our nation’s civil rights laws and the U.S. Constitution. It is our hope the courts end these unfair and unlawful practices immediately.”

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JPMorgan Chase Commits $150 Million to Chicago’s South and West Sides to Advance Racial Equity

Firm’s philanthropic investments and business commitments to provide economic opportunity for Black and Latinx communities and support an inclusive recovery in Chicago reaches $800 million

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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JPMorgan Chase announced a new $150 million, five-year commitment in philanthropic capital and low-cost loans to Chicago’s South and West sides. This is part of firm’s continued effort to help advance racial equity across Chicago through new business investments, philanthropy and cross-sector partnerships. It will bring the firm’s total business and philanthropic investments toward Black and Latinx and other underserved communities in Chicago to $800 million by 2025.

By combining the firm’s unique set of business, data, policy and philanthropic resources, JPMorgan Chase aims to improve homeownership opportunities, accelerate wealth creation, help grow small businesses and expand financial health for Chicago’s South and West sides. These commitments continue to be informed by the firm’s additional home lending in Chicago, recent progress and insights from its philanthropic work in the city since 2017 and through conversations with local community, government and business leaders in Chicago. Today’s announcement is part of the firm’s $30 billion national commitment to advance racial equity.

“Business has a responsibility to help solve challenges facing the customers and communities it serves, and that includes addressing long standing racial and economic inequities that affect far too many Chicagoans,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. “We must all collectively do more to close the racial wealth divide. That’s why we are furthering our commitment to create meaningful, lasting, and equitable change in Chicago, especially on the West and South sides.”

During the pandemic, 69% of Black households and 63% of Latinx households reported having financial problems, compared to 33% of White households in Chicago.1 JPMorgan Chase’s $150 million commitment to Chicago’s South and West sides intends to support an inclusive recovery from the pandemic by:

  • Jobs and Skills: Connecting 5,000 people with high-quality career pathways and engaging 100 employers in these efforts. This includes collaborating with HIRE360 to create the first 20 cohorts of its Apprenticeship Prep program to prepare 400 apprentice candidates to meet entrance requirements for apprenticeships in more than 30 construction industry trades.
  • Neighborhood Development: Preserving or creating 1,000 units of low-income housing to serve 2,500 individuals. For example, collaborating with Community Investment Corporation to capitalize the Woodlawn Construction Loan Fund to provide low cost financing to developers for the acquisition and rehab of multifamily and single-family properties in the Woodlawn community on the South side.
  • Small Business: Helping 9,000 small businesses receive services, including at least 1,000 minority business owners access capital. The firm is collaborating with the Fund of Equitable Business Growth to create a marketplace of services such as expanded business models and education for minority small business owners across Chicago.
  • Financial Health: Helping 10,000 people access high-quality products and services to improve their financial health. For example, the firm is investing in Working Credit to expand its financial coaching and credit building program into the City Colleges of Chicago’s Fresh Start Program. This program helps more than 700 Chicago students improve their credit scores and credit literacy.

“Continued investments like these allow us to unlock the full potential of each and every one of our communities,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “This announcement not only shows just how important it is to forge public-private sector partnerships to bring about meaningful change to our communities, but it also builds upon our ongoing work to ensure that every one of our residents has a clear path to good paying, sustainable jobs and financial wellness resources. I want to thank JPMorgan Chase for its commitment to revitalizing and strengthening our South and West Sides, which will undoubtedly support our inclusive recovery from the pandemic.”

Informed by Lessons Learned

“By improving our business practices, making philanthropic investments and supporting policies that result in sustainable change, JPMorgan Chase aims to address the barriers to economic success that many Black and Latinx communities face across Chicago,” said Curtis Reed, Greater Chicagoland Region Manager, Middle Market Banking, for JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. “We’ll promote homeownership, grow small businesses and improve access to banking in areas of Chicago that need it most. We’re encouraged by the impact of our recent investments – evidence that our model works.”

The new investments will build on learnings, insights and progress from the firm’s initial $50 million commitment in philanthropic and flexible capital to the South and West sides, which the firm has deployed and exceeded. This includes working with other funders, civic and community leaders to create solutions at scale, aligning philanthropic and business strategies to achieve maximum impact, and using research and data to drive sustainable solutions. Since 2017, JPMorgan Chase has connected residents and small businesses with economic opportunity, helping:

  • 12,000 participants complete the workforce program
  • 17,000 small businesses receive assistance
  • 10,000 people be placed into employment or work experience
  • 91,000 individuals receive services to improve their financial health
  • 132 affordable housing units be developed or preserved

“Economic impacts of the pandemic have exacerbated inequities across Chicago, including barriers to homeownership that already disproportionately affect Black and Latinx households. JPMorgan Chase is clearly committed to supporting an inclusive recovery and closing the racial wealth gap, especially on the South and West sides,” said Raul Raymundo, CEO and Co-Founder of The Resurrection Project. “The Resurrection Project is honored to partner with JPMorgan Chase, and the city, in this critical work.”

Building on JPMorgan Chase’s Commitment to Advance Racial Equity

In October 2020, JPMorgan Chase announced a $30 billion commitment over five years to provide economic opportunity to underserved communities, especially the Black and Latinx communities, and help drive an inclusive economic recovery. The firm is putting this commitment into practice to help advance racial equity in underserved communities such as Chicago’s South and West sides by:

  • Committing an additional $600 million in home lending to increase homeownership among 3,000 Black and Latinx families across Chicago;
  • Opening a community-based Chase branch in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood – the first of more than 300 branches in Chicagoland to feature a new community-inspired model offering free financial health resources like skills training, small business pop-ups, and fintech innovation to local residents;
  • Hiring local Community Home Lending Advisors, Minority Business Consultants and Community Managers to provide resources for local residents on the homebuying process, serve as mentors to small businesses and foster community engagement;
  • Hosting more than 100 community events and workshops, including events in partnership with community, government and faith-based organizations to educate local residents and entrepreneurs on how to build wealth, and access small business resources.

About JPMorgan Chase in Chicago

JPMorgan Chase has a 150-year history of serving customers and communities in Chicago. Today, JPMorgan Chase is one of Chicago’s largest employers with 14,000 people living and working here. The bank serves 4.5 million customers and nearly 500,000 businesses across the metro area.

About JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $3.7 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at



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