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Joint Statement in solidarity with Indigenous families mourning the murder of four Indigenous women

6 December 2022 – As we observe the 16 Days of Activism on Gender-Based Violence and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the announcement of charges in the murder of four Indigenous women at the hands of an alleged serial killer linked to white supremacist ideology is a tragic indication that the urgent action long called for by Indigenous women, families, and communities to address the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirt, and gender-diverse people has not been taken. As organizations and advocates working to end violence against women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people, we stand in solidarity with the families, friends, and loved...
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Joint Statement on the Release of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

24 November 2022 – As advocates who developed a Roadmap for the National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence, we have been anxiously waiting for the release of this 10-year plan. This statement is our joint reaction to the federal government’s release on November 9, 2022, of its long-awaited National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence, which comes nearly two years after the 2021 Joint Declaration for a Canada Free of GBV. We are happy to see that all provinces* and territories are committed to realizing the vision of the National Action Plan (NAP). We are heartened to see the document’s intersectional approach and its highlighting of some key recommendations in...
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Initial Reaction to the Joint Declaration and Framework for Action on Gender-Based Violence

9 November 2022 – Today, the federal, provincial, and territorial governments recognized the importance of the issues of gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against women (VAW). We appreciate that some of the recommendations from the GBV sector have been taken into consideration in this joint declaration and framework for action. However, this document itself is not a National Action Plan (NAP). A NAP, as presented in June 2021 through our ready roadmap – would include concise actions that each province and territory commits to rather than a menu of opportunities for action. Questions remain about how the federal government intends to steer this in a way that is transparent, allows...
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Joint Statement on the Effects of the “Freedom Convoy” on Women and Children Fleeing Violence

February 8, 2022 Women’s Shelters Canada and partner provincial and territorial association members condemn the blatant acts of violence, misogyny, and white supremacy demonstrated in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Quebec City, Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor, Edmonton, Coutts, Whitehorse – and elsewhere across the country – over the past couple of weeks. While we support the right of peaceful protest, differing views, and civil disobedience within our democratic system, we fully condemn the racism, antisemitism, misogyny, Islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia that have been displayed by some members of the so-called Freedom Convoy as well as some of its organizers. This protest – particularly in Ottawa – has merged into a terror campaign against local...
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Women’s Shelters Canada Receives Generous $2 Million Grant from The Slaight Family Foundation

February 8, 2022 Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) is thrilled to be the recipient of a generous $2 million grant from the Slaight Family Foundation to provide capacity to facilitate the creation of 16 new second stage shelters in Canada. “This grant will have an enormous impact on the shelter sector and the women and children it serves,” says Lise Martin, executive director of Women’s Shelters Canada. “We have seen how violence against women has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. In January 2022 alone, 20 women and girls were victims of femicide. Second stage shelters are specifically designed to serve women who are most at risk of post-separation violence, including femicide.”...
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Women’s Shelters Canada Launches “More Than” National Awareness Campaign

Ottawa, January 24, 2022 – Today, Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) is launching a new national awareness campaign illustrating how violence against women (VAW) shelters and transition houses are “More Than” shelter. The “More Than” campaign is both for women who may be experiencing abuse and those who may know someone experiencing violence. It details how VAW shelters and transition houses offer services beyond an essential safe bed to sleep in, such as counselling, safety planning, and children’s programming. The campaign directs viewers to ShelterSafe.ca, WSC’s national online directory of VAW shelters that enables women to quickly connect to their local shelter via an interactive map. “This national awareness campaign is...
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Women’s Shelters Canada Welcomes $300,000 Donation from Shoppers Drug Mart

Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) is thrilled to be the recipient of a generous $300,000 donation from Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. to support violence against women (VAW) shelters and transition houses working with women facing mental health and substance use challenges, both problems on the rise since the pandemic. “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence shelters across the country were seeing increasing levels of complexity in their work as they tried to support women who were not only fleeing violence, but also dealing with challenges related to substance use and mental health,” said Lise Martin, executive director of Women’s Shelters Canada. “This complexity has only grown since the start of...
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WSC Calls on all Federal Parties to Commit to a National Action Plan on VAW and GBV

August 18 2021 WSC calls on all federal parties to address the alarming levels of gender-based violence in Canada by firmly committing to the development and implementation of a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence. We need to build on what has been achieved to date. In June 2021, WSC released a ready-made roadmap for Canada’s 10-year plan that was developed collaboratively with over 40 gender-based violence experts from across the country. A successful National Action Plan on GBV will require: Independent oversight and evaluation Billions in investment, not millions An all-of-government approach Cooperation and coordination between federal and provincial/territorial governments Voices and experiences of people...
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Women’s Shelters Canada Welcomes Renewed Opportunity to Distribute Federal Funds to VAW Shelters Across the Country

Ottawa, 6 August 2021 Today, the Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), announced that Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) will be distributing $81.5 million of federal funds across the country to eligible shelters and transition houses supporting women and children fleeing violence. In April, the federal government unveiled its Budget 2021, which included a $600 million investment in initiatives that anti-violence experts, including WSC, have been calling for. These investments are viewed as a step towards Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women & Gender-Based Violence. $200 million is specifically for organizations that deal with gender-based violence. Of this, Women’s Shelters Canada will be distributing $81.5...
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Expert Report Launched Today Provides Roadmap to Ending Gender-Based Violence in Canada

Ottawa, June 22 2021 The latest report from Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) provides governments with the definitive answer to the question: What will it take to end gender-based violence in Canada? Expert Engagement to Address and Prevent Gender-Based Violence: A Report to Guide the Implementation of a National Action Plan (NAP) on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence was launched at a media briefing at 1pm EDT today. 100 recommendations for policy actions across four pillars within a feminist, intersectional framework provide a ready roadmap for the NAP and NAP Secretariat announced by the federal government in Budget 2021. Referring to the crisis of violence against women (VAW) and gender-based...
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