Posted on Nov 29, 2018
What is Canada's federal gender-based violence strategy?
Dr. Smylie is a Director of Research & Evaluation at Status of Women in the federal public service. The statistics in her presentation clearly illustrated the need for a federal strategy to address general violence in Canada. In June 2017, the first comprehensive federal gender-based violence strategy was launched with $100.9M over 5 years to address all forms of violence in Canada including the prevention of gender-based violence, support for survivors and families and promotion of a responsive justice system. In 2018 a further $86.3M over 5 years was allocated to establish a knowledge centre and to provide programming by community organizations and training and support for survivors of gender-based violence.
Lisa commented there is a need to shift the culture that has supported gender-based violence. Individuals can take action by “calling it out when you see it”, supporting more women in leadership positions and removing hiring bias. The research shows that the recent MeToo and Time’sUp movements have created a beginning and new possibilities as seen in the increased reporting of violence. Organizations such as Rotary clubs can help by investing in programs that assist women and children fleeing violence. In Canada, there is a great need for additional emergency shelters and crisis teams to assist survivors and their families as the current wait list is 9 to 18 months for a bed in a shelter.