The election has been called for September 20, and Women’s Shelters Canada is hard at work to ensure that ending violence against women is on the agenda!
On April 30, 2021, we delivered A Report to Guide the Implementation of a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence to the federal government. With this report, governments at all levels now have the definitive answer to the question: What will it take to achieve a Canada free of gender-based violence?
We’re ready to help get the NAP on the road! Are you?
Help make sure its first stops are …
Ensuring Proper Governance & Accountability
Let’s remind government the of importance of establishing an Independent Oversight Body of Experts for the NAP as early as possible!
Harmonizing Responses to MMIWG
Let’s remind government the importance of harmonizing the NAP from the start with the separate, ongoing efforts to end violence against Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people!
Ensuring a stable VAW/GBV sector
Let’s remind government that the NAP must be guided by expertise from a stable, resourced VAW/GBV sector from the start!
WSC has reviewed the party platforms of the five federal parties that will be participating in the official election debates as they relate to VAW/GBV. We will be updating this analysis as the parties continue to release their platforms.
WSC is on the Steering Committee of the Up for Debate campaign, a campaign coordinated by an alliance of women’s rights and gender justice advocates from across Canada. Up for Debate 2021 is calling all federal political parties in Canada to (1) Outline action plans in support of women’s rights, gender justice, and an intersectional feminist economic recovery in their election platforms and commitments; and (2) focus on women’s rights and gender justice in all federal leaders’ debate(s).
Up for Debate has released a mobilization toolkit that includes tips on talking to your candidates and setting up your own local debate.
WSC calls on all parties to demonstrate how they will work to end women’s homelessness, develop more second stage shelters, and increase affordable housing options for women fleeing violence. In line with our recommendations on the NAP on VAW/GBV and our work on Breaking the Cycle of Abuse and Closing the Housing Gap, we also recommend consistent and sustainable funding for organizations providing the continuum of housing supports for survivors of gender-based violence so that all survivors, regardless of their postal code, can access safe, affordable housing and supports.
WSC has produced this one-pager of questions for candidates on ending violence against women. Candidates will be knocking on your door and engaging with you online in the lead up to the election. We encourage you to read this one-pager and ask some of these questions when speaking with them.
WSC also sent letters to all the federal party leaders with the same questions from the one-pager for local candidates. We will be posting responses here as we receive them (in the order they are received).
It’s only recently in human history that any women were allowed to vote, let alone all women. In many countries, women still face serious barriers to voting. Voting is a democratic responsibility and we encourage everyone eligible to vote to do so. Check out the Chaotic Story of the Right to Vote in Canada.
Not sure if you’re registered to vote? You can check here.
Concerned about COVID-19 and voting in the election? Check out the different ways you can vote here and the health and safety measures being taken for in-person voting here.
Shelters can provide letters of confirmation of residence to residents of their shelter who do not have the other proof-of-address documents required to vote. You can get more information on permitted forms of ID and the letter of confirmation of residence form here.