Questions and Answers

Federal Strategy on Gender-based Violence
  • Why is the Government of Canada developing a federal strategy on gender-based violence?

    Violence remains a significant barrier to achieving gender equality. The Government is developing a federal strategy to strengthen the federal approach to preventing and addressing gender-based violence.

  • When is the federal strategy expected to be released?

    The Government expects to launch the federal strategy in 2017.

  • Will the strategy look only at violence against women and girls?

    Gender-based violence (GBV) is violence perpetrated against someone based on their gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender.

    As this violence is commonly affects women and girls, sometimes the term is used interchangeably with violence against women and girls. GBV also has a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, intersex and two-spirited) and gender non-conforming people.

  • Why is the Government engaging with experts, advocates and survivors on the federal strategy?

    It is important to hear from experts and advocates, such as academia, civil society and front-line service providers, 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, and those who work who with them.

    Engaging with experts and advocates will also ensure the strategy is based on evidence of what works best to address and prevent gender-based violence.

    Throughout the engagement process, the Government of Canada worked to ensure that the government approach reflects the diversity of experiences of survivors of GBV in Canada and those who support them.

  • Who led the engagement process and who was invited to participate?

    The former Minister of Status of Women, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, was mandated to develop and implement a federal strategy to address gender-based violence and led the engagement process. Throughout the summer and fall of 2016, the former Minister engaged with a broad cross-section of experts and advocates and some survivors to help inform the development of this strategy.

    As part of this process, Status of Women Canada hosted a series of roundtables across Canada and Canadians were also given the opportunity to comment through an online survey and via email to Status of Women Canada at

    For details, see: Who is involved and why?

  • How were the participants for the roundtables selected?

    Status of Women Canada worked with other federal organizations, provincial and territorial governments, and others to recommend experts and advocates to take part in the engagement process.

    Participants were selected to reflect expertise in prevention, supporting survivors and justice and other system responses, as well as to speak to the particular barriers facing diverse groups such as Indigenous women and girls, young women and girls, LGBTQ2 and gender non-conforming persons, and women and girls with disabilities.

  • Were the organizations that were not invited to the meetings/roundtables able to provide input into the strategy?

    Canadians with diverse experiences and perspectives were invited to participate in the engagement process through various fora. In addition to the meetings and roundtable, Canadians were given the opportunity to comment through an online survey and via email to Status of Women Canada at

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