Backgrounder - Government of Canada launches Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre and announces critical research funding


Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre

Currently, there is no single platform that compiles federal activities and evidence related to gender-based violence (GBV). During consultations with Canadians in 2016, Status of Women Canada (SWC) consistently heard that there was a need for a centralized hub of information and research to better coordinate actions on GBV. Stakeholders and members of the Minister’s Advisory Council on the Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence championed the needs of researchers, policy and program analysts, survivors, and service providers. As a result, the GBV Knowledge Centre was created to help bridge the gaps in knowledge on GBV.

The GBV Knowledge Centre, housed within SWC, is the focal point of It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. Announced in June 2017, the federal GBV Strategy is based on three pillars; prevention, support for survivors and their families, and promotion of responsive legal and justice systems. Part of the Strategy includes establishing a GBV Knowledge Centre to align existing resources and serve to coordinate government actions under these three pillars. The GBV Knowledge Centre is responsible for coordination, compilation of data and research, reporting, and knowledge mobilization.

An important function and focus of the GBV Knowledge Centre will be to provide a place for researchers, stakeholders, and service groups already working to end GBV to access relevant and up-to-date information and evidence on the issue. For interested individuals, organizations, and communities to access timely, relevant information and evidence, the GBV Knowledge Centre compiles resources and research into a single online platform. It also provides a searchable database, which brings together existing data and evidence on GBV-related content.

The GBV Knowledge Centre will continue to evolve and expand in the coming months, and will include more varied sources of information, and tailored knowledge mobilization tools. Feedback from users will continue to inform and refine the platform as the GBV Knowledge Centre becomes a trusted source on the potential problems and promising solutions to prevent GBV.

The GBV Knowledge Centre will have information on testing and implementing practices, which will aim to strengthen the capacity of service providers to address knowledge and support gaps for diverse populations, which could include: women and girls, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2 community members, gender non-binary individuals, those living in northern, rural, and remote communities, people with disabilities and exceptionalities, newcomers, children and youth, and seniors.

Call for Proposals

To address the need for research and data gathering on GBV and gender equality, a new Call for Proposals (CFP) has been issued in conjunction with the launch of the GBV Knowledge Centre.

The CFP is being delivered by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) on behalf of SWC and will result in research contracts. The maximum project funding is up to $1 million, applicable taxes included, per contract until March 31, 2020. The total approximate funding available for all contracts is $5 million (2018-20). The CFP will be hosted on PSPC’s website. 

Proposals must fill knowledge gaps in support of key populations, which could include: Indigenous peoples; women and girls; men and boys; LGBTQ2 individuals; visible minorities; those living in northern, rural, and remote communities; people with disabilities; newcomers; children and youth; and seniors. The CFP indicates SWC’s interest in projects that are Indigenous-led or co-created to meet the diverse needs of their communities.

All projects funded under the new CFP will share their findings and data with the GBV Knowledge Centre. The new CFP will also complement SWC’s work with Statistics Canada on three national surveys that will gather data on GBV and gender equality in in public and private spaces, post-secondary environments and workplaces.

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