Harper Government takes action to stop violence against women and girls

February 25, 2015

February 25, 2015, Ottawa - On behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, today invited organizations across Canada to propose new projects that will help end violence against women and girls.

 

The Government of Canada will be supporting projects selected through a new call for proposals by Status of Women Canada entitled Working in Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls. These projects will help end violence against women and girls by fostering partnerships within and among communities, and creating positive change that prevents violence.

 

Applications for funding are accepted online at swc-cfcgc.fluidreview.com/. Applicants can follow the instructions and proceed with an online application today.

 

Quick Facts

 

  • Organizations are invited to apply for funding under Status of Women Canada’s new call for proposals, Working in Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls.
  • The deadline for applications to be submitted is noon (12:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time) on April 17, 2015.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided more than $153 million through the Women's Program at Status of Women Canada for community-based projects. Of this amount $71 million has gone to projects that prevent violence against women and girls.

 

Quotes

 

“Violence against women and girls takes a terrible toll on individuals, families and communities. That’s why our Government is taking action to end gender-based violence and to improve support for victims. Through this new call for proposals we will work with service organizations from across Canada on projects that prevent violence by addressing the specific needs of communities.”

 

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch

Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

 

 

“The Government of Canada is committed to making communities across the country safe and secure for everyone, including women and girls. This new call for proposals will support the development of effective, local strategies to prevent violence against women and girls by encouraging organizations to work in partnership with key stakeholders in the community.”

 

Earl Dreeshen

Member of Parliament for Red Deer

 


Backgrounder

Call for Proposals – Working in Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls

 

The new Call for Proposals launched today by the Minister is entitled Working in Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls. It will provide funding for innovative projects at the national, regional, or community level that leverage partnerships to help to change the conditions that allow gender-based violence to exist.

 

Applications for funding are accepted online. Please click on "Start Now" and follow the instructions to proceed with your online application.

 

The deadline for applications to this Call for Proposals is noon (12:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time) on April 17, 2015.

 

Eligible organizations must address a number of project elements in their applications. Applicants are strongly urged to read the document entitled Is the Women’s Program the Right Match for Me? before submitting their application. In addition, survey results have shown that most successful applicants attended a Status of Women Canada information session. Consult your Status of Women Canada office to register for a session.

 

More information is available at women.gc.ca.

 

Funding through the Women’s Program

 

  • The Women’s Program of Status of Women Canada accepts applications for funding through calls for proposals, as well as on an ongoing basis. This allows Status of Women Canada to respond to emerging issues and increases opportunities for organizations to identify additional funding partners.
  • Projects funded by Status of Women Canada vary widely in their nature and scope, target populations, strategies and implementation.
  • All proposals are assessed against standard criteria which include eligibility, alignment with Program/Call for Proposal priorities, knowledge and experience of the applicant organization, partner collaboration, and budget.

 

Violence against women and girls

 

  • Women and girls are more likely than men to experience violence and abuse in intimate and family relationships. Recent statistics suggest that:
    • Following three decades of decline, the spousal homicide rate remained stable in 2009, with women still being more likely to be victims than men.
    • Aboriginal women are almost three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to report being the victim of a violent crime.
    • Young women and girls experience the highest rates of violence. In 2011, rates of family violence against girls were 56% higher than for boys.
    • In 2010, more than seven out of ten (70%) victims of police-reported family violence were women or girls.
    • Some forms of intimate partner violence appear to be on the rise. In 2011, women were 11% more likely to be victims of sexual assault than in 2009, and are more likely to experience sexual and chronic forms of abuse from their intimate partner than men.
    • Violence against women often goes unreported to police; approximately 30% of women victims of spousal violence report the incident to police.
    • A 2009 Department of Justice study found that the overall cost of spousal violence against women was $4.8 billion in 2009.