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October 31, 2023
Gender-based violence (GBV) costs women and gender-diverse people their lives and has profound effects on our communities. Understanding and addressing gender-based violence is a crucial step to advancing gender equality in Canada.
Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth announced more than $5.5 million for YWCA Canada and ten other organizations to prevent and address gender-based violence in Ontario and across the country. This week, Minister Ien also met with Aline Nizigama, CEO of YWCA Canada to discuss shared national priorities and objectives to combat GBV.
The following organizations will implement and test a variety of approaches to ending gender-based violence. Their approaches include programs, services, strategies or policies that are rooted in successful practices.
This announcement also includes a community-based research project led by Equality Insights Lab. This research will focus on the risk of gender-based violence among Muslim newcomers, immigrant and refugee communities.
These projects will collect data on the lived experiences of victims and survivors to better inform the supports, services and pathways to safety for those experiencing gender-based violence. Populations who are most at-risk of gender-based violence or underserved when experiencing it, include Indigenous women and girls, Black and racialized women, immigrant and refugee women, 2SLGBTQI+ people; women, girls and gender diverse people with disabilities, and women living in Northern, rural, and remote communities.
Today’s announcement builds on the announcement of the National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence announced by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for the Status of Women in November 2022. It includes five pillars: support for victims, survivors, and their families; prevention; a responsive justice system; implementing Indigenous-led approaches; and social infrastructure and an enabling environment.
“Gender-based violence is a human rights violation that is still deeply rooted in our society. The projects announced today will seek to better understand the root causes and systemic factors of gender-based violence, while taking a deeper look at at-risk populations. Informed by community-based research and promising practices, these organizations and initiatives will chart a path toward building safer communities across Canada.”
The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
Women and Gender Equality Canada