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MONTRÉAL, May 31, 2019 /CNW/ – Women’s organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated […]
MONTRÉAL, May 31, 2019 /CNW/ - Women's organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women's organizations are the lifeblood of the women's movement, and that maintaining and growing the ability of these organizations to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality. And a crucial step toward equality is finally eradicating gender-based violence. We all benefit when women, girls and people of all genders are safe and free to live their lives to the fullest.
Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced the selection of five organizations based in Québec which will receive up to $4.49 million in federal funding to support survivors of gender-based violence. This includes people who have been underserved, such as Indigenous women and their communities, children and youth, ethno-cultural women, women who are newcomers, refugees or non-status, and women living with disabilities.
Minister Garneau highlighted the organizations that will receive funding (please see the Backgrounder for more information and testimonials):
- Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan;
- Fédération des maisons d'hébergement pour femmes;
- La rue des femmes de Montréal; and
Last year, Minister Monsef announced more than $50 million in funding for nearly 60 projects in communities across the country, including the one announced today, to support survivors of gender-based violence and their families.
"With this investment, we are funding organizations which provide essential services to support survivors and their families in Québec. For far too long organizations engaged in doing this work have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. We are finally changing that reality and listening to those who best understand: leaders from the women's sector. This funding opportunity was developed with them, and we are grateful for their ongoing advice which continues to inform Canada's first Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. Leaders asked for more dollars over a longer period of time to meet the ever growing demand for their services, they asked for a simplified application process, and they asked for resources to help provide supports for the most underserved and marginalized survivors of gender-based violence. Our government listened. Gender-based violence must not be tolerated, and we will continue to work with survivors, community partners, the private sector and other orders of government to end GBV in all of its forms."
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality
"I am proud to be part of a government that is committed to end gender-based violence. If we hope to end gender-based violence we must provide the necessary resources to the experts and those who confront it daily. Our government's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence would not be possible without the knowledge, dedication, and hard work of the organizations and people here today."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount
- In June 2017, the Department for Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada) announced the first-ever federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
- To date, the Government of Canada has invested over $200 million across government to prevent gender-based violence, support survivors and their families, and create more responsive legal and justice systems.
- The Promising practices to support survivors and their families call for concepts is the largest amount of funding ever announced for programming to specifically support diverse groups of gender-based violence survivors and their families.
- Gender-based violence can have lifelong impacts on an individual's physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, the effects can be serious and costly. Annually, the economic impact of intimate partner violence and sexual assault is estimated to be over $12 billion.
- Canada will host the Women Deliver 2019 Conference from June 3 to 6, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Held every three years, it is the world's largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of women and girls.
- The conference is part of a global movement to promote gender equality worldwide and give voice to a broad spectrum of people, including Indigenous peoples, youth and those living in conflict and crisis settings. It will bring together more than 8,000 individuals—world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, youth and journalists—from more than 160 countries, with an additional 100,000 people joining virtually.
Department for Women and Gender Equality's Gender-Based Violence Program
Following the June 2017 announcement of It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, the Department for Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada) launched the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Program in January 2018.
The GBV Program complements the department's Women's Program, and helps organizations working in the GBV sector to develop and implement promising practices to address gaps in supports for survivors and their families.
While violence affects people of all genders, ages, cultures, ethnicities, geographic locations, and socio-economic backgrounds, some populations are more at-risk and face additional barriers to accessing services. The GBV Program responds to this need by providing funding to eligible organizations at the local, regional and national levels for projects that address gaps in supports for specific groups of survivors, including Indigenous women, and other underserved populations, such as children and youth, LGBTQ2 communities, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in official language minority communities, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women living with disabilities.
Call for concepts: Promising Practices to Support Survivors and their Families
In January 2018, Minister Monsef announced $20 million in funding for a call for concepts as part of the new Gender-Based Violence Program. Following Budget 2018, the funding for the Gender-Based Violence Program more than doubled, meaning that more organizations, such as sexual assault crisis centres, are better able to help population groups at the highest risk of experiencing violence. The GBV Program piloted an innovative approach to supporting community organizations, which includes:
- a longer funding period of up to five years;
- a two-stage application process, which reduced the administrative burden for applicant organizations. Less information was required in the initial concept phase, which meant a leaner application process for organizations;
- eligible recipients were expanded to include labour groups and unions; provinces, territories, municipalities and their agencies; research organizations and institutes, centres of expertise, educational institutions (i.e. universities, colleges, CÉGEPs, secondary schools, school boards/school districts), as well as public health institutions, hospitals, and health care service providers; and
- testing and evaluation of promising practices is emphasized, which will lead to clear impact and results for Canadians.
Today's announcement profiled five projects in Québec selected for federal funding:
Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan
Project title: Healing and wellness circle
Funding amount: up to $1 million
With this funding, the Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan will implement and monitor a communal-healing approach that includes cooperation with all members of the Manawan community and key stakeholders. Its goal is to create a supportive environment that is free of sexual violence.
The Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan was established in 1906, in Québec, as an Indigenous government under the Indian Act. It aims to address the needs of the community, and to improve overall quality of life for community members, through initiatives such as youth protection programming for members of the Manawan and Wemotaci communities, while implementing the specific rules and regulations of the Système d'intervention d'autorité atikamekw (the Atikamekw authority response system).
"We thank the Government of Canada for this investment in our health and well-being. Our project will help ensure our community is a safe and welcoming place, free from violence."
DisAbled Women's Network of Canada (DAWN)
Project title: Rooting Resilience: Peer support for women with disabilities in Canada
Funding amount: $750,000
DAWN will develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a peer support model for women with disabilities and deaf women who have experienced violence. Subject matter experts will be engaged to ensure the result is a comprehensive model that addresses the complexity and unique needs of underserved communities of women with disabilities, including Indigenous, racialized, and members of the LGBTQ2 community, in both rural and urban areas.
Established in 1986, DAWN is a national, feminist, cross-disability, not-for-profit organization that works to end poverty, isolation, discrimination and violence experienced by women with disabilities and deaf women. As a resource centre for and about women with disabilities, it provides policy and program expertise, and works with an extensive network of partners.
"Women with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty, homelessness and gender-based violence compared to non-disabled women, as well as social exclusion and lack of accessible services – they have no peer support! This investment that DAWN Canada is receiving from the Government of Canada will help us to work with our partners to develop programmatic responses to gender based violence experienced by women with disabilities in Canada."
Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director
DisAbled Women's Network of Canada (DAWN)
Fédération des maisons d'hébergement pour femmes
Project title: Putting the safety of children and parents who are victims of violence at the heart of our practices
Funding amount: $998,439
The Fédération des maisons d'hébergement pour femmes will use this funding to develop and test a model of practice that will increase the safety and well-being of children and their mothers, as well as improve the interventions of youth protection services in the event of domestic violence.
The Fédération des maisons d'hébergement pour femmes was created in 1987 for women who were anxious to have a representative association for all social issues related to gender-based violence. They welcome women and their children and their organization is made up of shelters spread across different regions of Québec.
"We serve and support women and their children who are survivors of gender-based violence and help them understand and defend their rights. With the Government of Canada's funding, we are now able to provide better training for workers from various organizations supporting survivors and their children and provide greater assistance for those impacted."
La rue des Femmes de Montréal
La rue des Femmes de Montréal will undergo a complete and thorough evaluation of the impacts of the relational health approach developed internally to support healing multiple traumas experienced by homeless women.
Incorporated in 1994 as a not-for-profit organization, La rue des Femmes de Montréal helps homeless women and women in distress in Montréal, Québec. It provides services, structured activities and support in the community.
"When I founded La rue des Femmes in 1994, I could not have imagined our services in relationship health would be needed to the extent that they are today. With this investment from the Government of Canada, we can support more homeless women to heal and return to a normal life."
Project title: More than words: Studying the impact of arts based survivor engagement on families and communities
Funding amount: $739,200
McGill University will test Indigenous-led, youth-focused, arts-based practices focused on addressing sexual and gender-based violence, and the impact of the healing on families and communities.
McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from over 150 countries, its student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country.
"With this significant investment from the Government of Canada, Indigenous youth will lead innovative, arts-based projects to prevent and address sexual and gender-based violence in their communities. Driven by First Nations, Métis and Inuit priorities, More Than Words will also train mentors and highlight opportunities to support personal wellness and mental health at McGill University."
Christopher Manfredi, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
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