Government of Canada announces recipients of Knowledge Synthesis Grants on gender-based violence
Grants to highlight research insights and identify gaps on the issue of gender-based violence
February 21, 2023—Ottawa, Ontario—Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Many Canadians across the country are faced with violence every day because of their gender, gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting initiatives that help Canadians, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation, to live in a society that offers safety and protection, as well as access to equitable justice and services.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced that 32 research projects on the issue of gender-based violence will receive a total of $933,571 from the Knowledge Synthesis Grants competition.
This partnership between the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Women and Gender Equality Canada funds projects that will bring together existing research to help foster a deeper understanding of the state of knowledge on gender-based violence in Canada. The themes being explored include intimate partner violence; gender-based violence in the workplace; and attitudes, barriers and supports for persons with disabilities who experience gender-based violence.
The resulting analysis will identify roles the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors can play in preventing gender-based violence and improving the availability and efficacy of justice and services for victims and survivors of gender-based violence.
“Our government knows that in order to better our society, we need to make science-based decisions. This is why we are committed to supporting research that builds on the experiences and existing knowledge of women and girls across Canada to reach a deeper understanding of the root causes of violence. We will continue to improve supports and services for survivors, to move us one step closer to a better, safer Canada for every woman and girl.”
—The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“Gender-based violence is a human rights violation that has devastating impacts on communities and families, and our government is committed to ending it. To tackle this issue, we first need to understand it through research and data. This funding will give us a better idea of who is impacted by gender-based violence, how the problem manifests, and how we can support survivors no matter who they are or where they live.”
—The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
“Social sciences and humanities research plays a critical role in addressing the root causes of and finding solutions to gender-based violence. The results from these Knowledge Synthesis Grants will help contribute to a violence-free society, ensuring a better future for all Canadians.”
—Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Knowledge Synthesis Grants are valued at up to $30,000 for one year.
Knowledge Synthesis Grants support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge strengths and gaps, to inform the development of tools, policies and practices and assist in developing future research agendas.
The results of these knowledge syntheses will be made available through final reports by the researchers, and short evidence briefs, which will be posted on the SSHRC website in early 2024.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Women and gender Equality Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
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