Gender-based violence has devastating impacts on individuals, families and communities. The effects of such violence can be long-lasting and profoundly affect many aspects of a person’s life. We all have a role to play in preventing and addressing Gender-based violence. Achieving real progress means joining forces with our partners in the community to coordinate and multiply our efforts. Gender-based violence grows out of a culture that devalues women and femininity — through sexist jokes, derogatory language, media messages that objectify women and glorify toxic masculinity, and in rigid gender norms imposed by society.
Budget 2017 announced an investment of $100.9 million over five years, starting in 2017-18, and $20.7 million ongoing, to end gender-based violence (GBV) through It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. It’s time to share knowledge; it’s time to believe survivors; it’s time to stop harassment in all of its forms; it’s time for federal leadership; it’s time for Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
It’s Time will fill important gaps in support for specific populations which could include women and girls; Indigenous people; LGBTQ2 and gender non-conforming people; those living in northern, rural and remote communities; people with disabilities; newcomers; children and youth; and seniors.
Status of Women Canada is launching a call for concepts for projects to address gender-based violence (GBV) in Canada. The deadline for applications is 12:00 p.m. (PT) on March 1, 2018. I encourage all interested organizations in Manitoba and across Canada to follow this link to learn more and apply: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/gbv-vfs/index-en.html