Backgrounder - New federal investment will help end cyberviolence


Women and Gender Equality Canada – Women’s Program

One of the ways Women and Gender Equality Canada advances gender equality in Canada is by providing funding to eligible organizations through the Women’s Program. Projects are selected via calls for proposals on specific themes, as well as through a continuous intake process that allows the Women’s Program to address emerging issues as they arise. 

The Women’s Program funds projects that address systemic barriers to women’s equality in three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving the economic security and prosperity of women and girls; and encouraging women and girls in leadership roles.

Ottawa Project

Today’s announcement in Ottawa, Ontario, profiled an organization selected for federal funding:


Project title: Engage, Empower, Connect: Cyber-empowerment for girls and young women
Funding amount: up to $600,000

Actua will develop innovative on- and off-line programming that empowers girls and young women critically assess online interactions and threats to reduce cyberviolence and promote responsible digital and community citizenship. Actua will develop a plan to scale-up the programs to include in their curriculum and share lessons with stakeholders who can continue the advocacy and help end to cyberviolence. Approaches and content will be tested to ensure they are appropriate and effective for a range of ages and youth populations, particularly those that are economically and socially marginalized.

Actua is a national network of 35 university and college-based members that work with over 250,000 youth every year, reaching every province and territory in Canada through summer camps, classrooms, clubs, and community outreach activities. Network members deliver a host of on and off campus programming including significant outreach work within their local communities and beyond. This outreach contributes to Actua’s collective impact of reaching 500 communities, covering every province and territory each year.

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