The Government of Canada is committed to furthering its partnership with civil society and recognizes the important role of advocacy in furthering shared goals. As the federal agency that promotes equality between women and men in all aspects of Canadian life, Status of Women Canada (SWC) is responsible for exercising leadership and working in partnership to promote and advance equality. By supporting community-based action and innovation for women and girls in Canada, including ending violence against women and girls, SWC creates conditions for success for all Canadians.
The Government is taking action to end gender-based violence (GBV) through It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. The strategy builds on current federal initiatives, coordinates existing programs and lays the foundation for greater action on GBV, and is based on three pillars:
- Support for survivors and their families; and
- Promotion of responsive legal and justice systems.
SWC is launching a call for concepts for projects to address gender-based violence (GBV) in Canada. This call for concepts supports the second pillar, namely to develop promising practices to support survivors and their families. Through the GBV Program, SWC will strengthen the GBV sector to address gaps in supports for two groups of survivors:
- Indigenous women and their communities, and
- Underserved populations, such as those who are more at risk of GBV and/or who are facing barriers to accessing services. These include, but are not limited to: children and youth, ethno-cultural women, LGBTQ2 communities and gender-non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in an official language minority community, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women living with a disability.
Applicants will have until March 1, 2018 to submit a Call for Concepts Application Form.