National Action Plan on Violence Against Women

In February 2015, Women’s Shelters Canada, along with 20+ collaborators, launched A Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence against Women. During the 2015 federal election campaign, we called on all parties to include the development and implementation of a NAP on VAW in their party platform. Fast forward to 2020, Canada remains without a NAP on VAW.  

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.

Gender-based violence is an equity issue. It is both a cause and consequence of women’s inequality. To effectively address the issue, long-term systems change accompanied by a shift in attitudinal norms is needed. Since the release of the Blueprint in 2015, the understanding of violence against women, including how it affects different groups of women, has deepened. Check out our Reissued Call for a NAP on VAW & GBV. The Reissued Call has received formal endorsements from over 250 organizations across Canada. We encourage your shelter/organization to endorse this reissued call by clicking here