Government of Canada Highlights 16 Days of Activism and Ongoing Commit to Protect Human Rights
December 10, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Women and Gender Equality Canada
Gender-based violence is a significant barrier to personal freedom, education, and the advancement of women and gender-diverse people, impacting all Canadians and the Canadian economy. Addressing the root causes of gender-based violence will bring Canada closer to achieving gender equality.
Today, on Human Rights Day, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, reflected on the many communities that are denied their basic human rights due to stereotypes and discrimination. She also noted that gender-based violence is the most pervasive, deadly, and deeply rooted human rights violation that disproportionally affects Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQI+ people, and women and girls with disabilities. Although this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign is concluding, the work of the many grassroots organizations devoted to this cause continues.
The past 16 days highlighted the ongoing commitment of the Government of Canada to protect human rights and make Canada safer for all. Through the campaign, the work to prevent and address gender-based violence was continued by:
- Signing agreements between the Government of Canada and British Columbia as well as Alberta to support crisis hotlines, in addition to those previously signed with Manitoba, Yukon, and Nova Scotia.
- Launching the ‘‘Its Not Just’ national gender-based violence youth awareness campaign with students at York University.
- Opening a call for proposals to address gender-based violence through promising practices and community-based research.
- Supporting White Ribbon Canada’s new gender-based analysis training and outreach program focusing on the role of men and boys.
- Assisting Shelter Movers to expand in Alberta and the Prairies to help victims and survivors of gender-based violence and their families.
- Enabling the delivery of important gender-based violence prevention projects in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Nunavut, the Prairies, and British Columbia.
- Bolstering the capacity of Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations to provide programming focused on preventing and addressing GBV in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Alberta.
In addition, the historic National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence was endorsed in November by the federal, provincial, and territorial ministers responsible for the status of women. The 10-year framework is a commitment of federal, provincial, and territorial governments to work together to support victims and survivors and put an end to gender-based violence in Canada.
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Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
Women and Gender Equality Canada
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