About the Federal Strategy on Gender-based Violence
The Minister of Status of Women has been mandated to work with experts and advocates to develop and implement a federal strategy against gender-based violence. The Minister is reaching out to academia, civil society and front-line service providers to hear their perspectives on key issues and activities that can help to inform the development of this federal strategy. As part of this process, Status of Women Canada hosted roundtables across Canada. Canadians were also given the opportunity to comment through an online survey and via email to Status of Women Canada at FinALAViolence-EndViolence@swc-cfc.gc.ca.
*Please note that the deadlines for commenting and completing the survey have passed.
To learn more about gender-based violence and about the guiding principles to support the development of the federal strategy, please consult: Setting the Stage for a Federal Strategy against Gender-based Violence (html and PDF versions)
The Advisory Council on the Federal Strategy Against Gender-based Violence was established on June 27, 2016. The Advisory Council is serving as a forum to exchange views, promising practices and research on issues related to gender-based violence.
The members of the Advisory Council come from a broad range of sectors and areas of expertise. They have been selected to reflect expertise in prevention, supporting survivors and justice and other system responses. They will also speak to the particular barriers facing diverse groups such as Indigenous women and girls, young women and girls, LGBTQQI2S persons, newcomer and migrant women and girls, and women and girls with disabilities.
Who is involved in the engagement process and why?
Federal Government: The Minister of Status of Women is working with her Ministerial colleagues to identify key federal actions to reduce and prevent gender-based violence, and to strengthen the way the federal government works to address this issue.
Provincial/Territorial Governments:Provincial/territorial governments have a key role to play in preventing and addressing gender-based violence in areas such as health care, social services, child protection and policing, among others. It is important that the federal strategy complement this role by building on and aligning with the violence strategies and initiatives already being implemented by provincial and territorial governments.
Academia, civil society and front-line service providers: Hearing from experts will help the Government to identify promising practices, build on lessons learned, determine priorities and ensure that the federal strategy is effective and based on the best available evidence.
Survivors: The Government of Canada recognizes that survivors of violence must have a voice in the development of the federal strategy. It is important to ensure that the strategy is informed by the experiences, needs and challenges of those who are most directly affected by gender-based violence, including survivors.
Canadians were also given the opportunity to comment through an online survey and via email to Status of Women Canada at FinALAViolence-EndViolence@swc-cfc.gc.ca.
What we are hearing
The Government of Canada is meeting with experts/advocates and survivors from across the country to discuss priorities and actions that will address and prevent gender-based violence. Summaries of key meetings are provided below.
- Roundtable on Youth and Online Gender-based Violence (July 18, 2016 - Toronto)
- Vancouver Regional Roundtable (July 20, 2016)
- Roundtable on Strengthening Justice System Approaches (July 25, 2016 – Ottawa)
- Roundtable on Social and Cultural Change (July 26, 2016 – Ottawa)
- Roundtable on Preventing Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls (July 27, 2016 – Ottawa)
- Halifax Regional Roundtable (July 28, 2016)
- Montreal Regional Meeting (August 15, 2016)
- Winnipeg Regional Meeting (August 31, 2016)
- Yellowknife Regional Meeting (September 1, 2016)
- Thunder Bay Regional Roundtable (September 23, 2016)
You may send your comments on the summaries by email to Status of Women Canada at FinALAViolence-EndViolence@swc-cfc.gc.ca.
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