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Theme 5: Using Gender-Based Analysis to Improve Community Safety

Project Goal

To reduce rates of violence against women and girls by creating safer communities for all.

Project Objectives

  1. To prepare women to participate as decision-makers in creating safer communities.
  2. To build partnerships between local organizations and municipal governments to implement approaches to community safety that consider and adequately respond to the needs of women and girls.


Participants in this 24-month project will develop/adapt innovative participatory approaches to making communities safer for women and girls. A gender-based analysis of programming and planning will assist participants in integrating gender considerations into decision-making processes on the issue of community safety. Working directly with municipal partners and women's organizations, participants will conduct safety audits on issues identified by target groups, such as immigrant women and Aboriginal women. The audits will identify and propose solutions to safety issues facing women and girls in specific communities.

Funding Available

Up to $300,000 for a 24-month project.

Key Activities

  1. Planproject and adapt to specific local or target population needs.
    • Conduct a gender-based analysis and needs assessment to identify the institutional and other barriers to women's safety, with an emphasis on involving the women affected as well as addressing the different types of violence they face.
    • Identify and consult potential allies or project partners (e.g. municipal/institutional stakeholders, women's and other community organizations).
  2. Develop/adapt innovative supports (programs, resources, policies, models and/or strategies) to address the identified issues. For example,
    • Participatory approaches to community safety in which women are an integral part of the decision-making process.
    • Gender-based analysis recommendations to service delivery models, programs, actions, policies, planning and decision-making processes.
    • Supports for local/municipal decision-makers for ensuring gender-based factors are considered in municipal planning and management.
  3. Delivery and implementation.
    • Secure the participation of women in target groups to identify and act on priorities while working in partnership with community and municipal stakeholders.
    • Work with women to increase and strengthen their participation in decision-making processes to create safer communities.
    • Implement community safety audits, raise awareness of the project and the need for women-led improvements to community safety.
    • Network and engage with allies and other organizations. Monitor and support partnerships.
    • Pilot the tools and approaches to ensure their effectiveness.
  4. Evaluate the project
  5. Share results

Planned Results

  • Project participants can better identify and understand community safety problems and solutions.
  • Project participants have demonstrated leadership abilities related to community safety problems and solutions.
  • Women's organizations have increased awareness of the use and benefits of safety approaches for women-led community improvements.
  • Select community-based women's organizations have demonstrated increased knowledge and skills to work in partnership with their municipalities.
  • Municipal partners and local organizations have increased awareness of community safety problems and solutions.
  • Effective, evidence-based approaches to women's safety have been identified that consider women's participation an integral part of the process.

Longer-Term Results (after project's end)

  • Local women's organizations, in partnership with community officials and municipal governments, have implemented specific approaches that improve safety within their communities.

Project Deliverables (after approval)

Month 4

Detailed work plan and budget, list of project allies and partners, results management framework, evaluation plan.

Month 12

Interim report and strategy to share knowledge.

Month 24

Final report and evaluation.