News By/Courtesy: Daksh Dave | 28 Jun 2020 23:08pm IST

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Greater Victoria 's Community Social Planning Council has embarked on a project that sets its sights on combating gender disparity by recognizing existing and potential obstacles to women's financial participation in the green economy.

The initiative, Financial Inclusion for the Green Economy, is managed by the City Social Planning Board, working in partnership with Victoria City Micro-Lending, the Sustainability Network, Solutions, and Synergy Enterprises.

"The study is just the first aspect of the dialogue," said program group co-ordinator Mikaila Montgomery. "We want to tackle the cultural prejudice displayed to immigrants and language not only based on gender but also."

The initiative aims at developing a safe space and involving people from a variety of diverse backgrounds including marginalized women.

"We want to become socially inclusive," Montgomery said.

"We still see barriers for women although we get lots of support locally." The goal is to advance gender equality by identifying current and future barriers to financial inclusion in the low carbon green economy. The final report will include tools for reform, which will enable the initiative to transfer cultural, political, and social power toward greater equality. The 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises in Canada reported that female-owned small and medium-sized enterprises are under-represented, with less than 16% owned.

"Victoria is a pioneer in gender equality in certain respects-but there is still space for change," Montgomery said. "We still hear stories of women entrepreneurs making a fund-raising pitch to start a declining business — and advising them to come back with a man."

Following the report, the next phase of the multi-year project is looking at existing programming, identifying gaps, and setting goals. The project is made possible by grants from the Foundation Victoria. The Greater Victoria Community Social Planning Council is part of an informal network of social planning organizations found throughout Canada.

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 29 Jun 2020 17:50pm IST


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