- National Action Plan on Violence Against Women
- Research and Policy
- Knowledge Exchange
- Shelters: More than a Refuge from Violence
- Shelter Voices
- WSC on the Hill
What it will take is the federal government leading the way with bold, ambitious, intersectional investments.
We* have provided successive governments with expert knowledge, findings, experiences, best practices, international models, and blueprints for a bold, ambitious, intersectional National Action Plan (NAP) on Violence Against Women (VAW) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
In 2021, we will offer a framework for a National Action Plan (see the preliminary findings here)
However, we know that a Canada free of gender-based violence will take billions, not millions.
That’s how many women and girls in Canada will experience sexual violence or intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.
Violence against women in Canada doesn’t stop.
In fact, it’s escalating.
Gender-based violence in Canada doesn’t stop.
The global pandemic has only exacerbated the situation for those who experience inequality.
Intimate partner violence in Canada doesn’t stop.
Disappearances and murders of Indigenous women and girls don’t stop.
The populations most affected by inaction are those with the highest risk of gender-based violence: People living in rural and remote areas. Indigenous people. Black people. People with disabilities. People of colour. Gender non-conforming and trans people. LGBTQ+ people. Migrant people. The needs of these populations must be at the centre of the National Action Plan.
In June 2017, the Government of Canada announced its Strategy to Address and Prevent Gender-Based Violence. While this is a step towards a NAP, it differs in that it only deals with federal institutions. Canada needs a NAP on VAW to ensure that women in all areas of the country have access to comparable levels of services and protection. A NAP would ensure a shared understanding of the root causes of VAW as well as coordinated and effective efforts across the federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal levels.
We are a strong, pan-Canadian voice on VAW and GBV.
We are anti-violence leaders across Canada: experts, advocates, and survivors from national organizations, frontline service and support organizations, grassroots community groups, the labour movement, the law, academia, and the public.
Led by Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC), we have consulted and collaborated with stakeholders from coast to coast to coast to advocate for and develop a National Action Plan on VAW/GBV. At the end of 2020, WSC was asked and funded by WAGE to work with us to develop a strategic framework for a NAP. Our full report will be ready by the end of April.
We define violence against women and gender-based violence as inclusive of cis women, trans women, and people of all marginalized genders, including Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people.
Timeline of our work on a NAP