Addressing gender-based violence through sexual health education

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OTTAWA (ON), January 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Developing healthy life skills through education, prevention and support for women and children is key to improving gender equality in Canada and address the root causes of gender-based violence. By improving access to knowledge and information, all Canadians are able to identify and act on violent and harmful practices.

Today, the Honorable Marci Ien, Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth, announced more than $8 million for 21 projects improve the health and well-being of women and girls, with a focus on eliminating gender-based violence. Following the government of from Canada committed to eliminating gender-based violence, these projects will increase sexual health education, promote gender equality, and challenge harmful gender norms while addressing intersectional lived experiences.

Minister Ien met with two organizations that are advancing gender equality through their community projects.

  • The Sex Education and Information Council of Canada discussed their project to ensure that sexual health education programs are more effective in addressing persistent harmful gender norms and attitudes among young people and reducing the occurrence of gender-based violence. The organization received more than $696,000 in financing.
  • The Regroupement Naissances Respectées discussed its work to support the perinatal community and strengthen its organizational capacity and partnerships to support gender equality. The organization received more than $450,000 in financing.

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“Community organizations, advocates, survivors and allies are at the heart of systemic change. I know there are dedicated people behind each of these projects and I want to reaffirm that the Government of Canada supports their important work. I pledge to continue our work with organizations as they take action and invite others to do the same. By addressing the root causes of gender-based violence, we advance gender equality and empower women and girls to reach their full potential. »

The Honorable Marci Ien, PC, MP, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

“The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada is pleased to launch Preventing Gender-Based Violence: Developing and Implementing Effective Sexual Health Education Policy and Practice. This project is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Fund. The overriding objective of the project is to change policies and practices. In doing so, it will more effectively integrate gender-based violence prevention into sexual health education programs in schools and community settings in Canada.”

Jessica WoodResearch Specialist, Sex Information & Education Council of Canada

“Thanks to funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada, the Regroupement Naissances Respectées is able to hire consultants and project managers to strengthen its capacity to integrate an intersectional feminist approach into all aspects of the organization. Through the project “For a reinforced and intersectional feminist movement in perinatality”, the Regroupement wishes to create spaces for reflection and exchange to allow a better understanding of the ways in which systems of oppression interact and amplify inequalities in the perinatal period. This project touches on all the other projects managed by the Regroupement: these are the training courses on obstetric and gynecological violence that it will organize in 2022, the events and conferences that it will organize throughout the year, as well as its life associative.”

Lorraine FontaineExecutive Director, Respected Births Group

Fast facts

  • As part of Budget 2021, the Government of Canada engaged $3 billion over five years to intensify efforts to end gender-based violence. This included $601.3 million five years towards a national action plan to end gender-based violence.
  • Sexual health and rights are key to saving lives and reducing ill health among women, men, girls and boys. They contribute to the realization of their internationally recognized right to the highest attainable standard of health.
  • In Canada30% of women, 8% of men, and 59% of transgender and gender diverse people have been sexually assaulted at some point since the age of 15. This represents over 11 million Canadians.
  • Typically, victims do not report cases of gender-based violence to the police because they feel they will be shamed by family, friends or the abuser. One in five victims of sexual assault, both male and female, feel blame for their own victimization.

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Announcement from Women and Gender Equality Canada more than $8 million for 21 projects that improve the health and well-being of a diverse group of women and girls, with a focus on eliminating gender-based violence. Following the government’s commitment to end gender-based violence, these projects will increase sexual health education, promote gender equality and challenge harmful gender norms.

Project funding details

Pro-Choice Society of Lethbridge & Southern Alberta
Fort Macleod, Alta.
Project name: COVID-19 Reproductive Rights Response
Funding amount: $260,900

WAVAW Rape Crisis Center
Vancouver, British Columbia
Project Name: Healing From Sexual Violence Through Alternative Justice Project
Funding amount: $369,147

Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Center Inc. / Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Center inc.
Shediac, New Brunswick
Project Name: The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant Women Victims of Violence: Addressing Systemic Barriers by Accessing Protective Remedies
Funding amount: $297,308

CALACS LChrysalis
Terrebonne, Quebec
Project name: Towards a regional collaboration for an adapted intervention for women victims of sexual violence
Funding amount: $221,555

Sexuality Center
Calgary, AB
Project name: Scaling WiseGuyz – A gender transformation program to challenge harmful gender norms
Funding amount: $514,493

HIV Community Link
Calgary, AB
Project name: The Shifting Perspectives Project
Funding amount: $289,060

Kingston Sexual Assault Center
Kingston, Ontario
Project Name: The Intersectionality Project: Leading the Way in Creating Intersectional Supports for Survivors
Funding amount: $228,854

Durham Region Victim Services
Whitby, Ont.
Project name: Rise Up: Screening and Response Protocol for Human Trafficking in Hospitals (Rise Up) / Rise Up: Protocol for screening and response to human trafficking in hospitals (Rise Up)
Funding amount: $284,293

We worthy women
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Project name: Action Now Atlantic
Funding amount: $288,408

White Ribbon Campaign
Toronto, Ontario
Project name: Accelerating Systemic Change to Prevent the Sexual Exploitation of Vulnerable Young Women and 2SLGBTQ+ Youth
Funding amount: $664,745

Women’s Health at the Women’s Hands Community Health Center
Toronto, Ontario
Project name: Collaborating to Support Survivors and Women at Risk of FGM/C in the Era of COVID-19
Funding amount: $453,863

Women’s Sexual Assault Center
Pembroke, Ont.
Project Name: Bringing the Change About: Rural Women Creating Rape Culture Change
Funding amount: $274,260

The ISA House
Saguenay, Quebec
Project name: Innovative Practices to Support the Empowerment of Women Victims of Sexual Exploitation
Funding amount: $371,880

Sexual Violence New Brunswick Inc.
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Project name: Leading Systemic Change in Policing for Victims of Sexual Violence in New Brunswick
Funding amount: $499,340

Sexual Assault Support Center Region of Waterloo
Kitchener, Ont.
Project Name: Supporting Feminist Organizations in Engaging Men and Boys to End Gender-Based Violence
Funding amount: $497,149

Peel Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Center
Brampton, Ont.
Project name: Feminist Hub/ Carrefour féministe
Funding amount: $432,561

Marie-Vincent Sexual Assault Center of Expertise
Montreal, Quebec
Project name: Prevention of trafficking and sexual exploitation among youth at risk
Funding amount: $379,239

Montreal Women’s Y
Montreal, Quebec
Project name: Acting for equality in college / Action on equality in college
Funding amount: $441,864

Sexual Assault Services Saskatchewan
Regina, Saskatchewan
Project Name: Project to Prevent and Address Sexual Violence and Gender-Based Impacts of COVID-19 through Education and Awareness
Funding amount: $170,000

Respected Births Group (RNR)
Montreal, Quebec
Project name: For a strengthened perinatal feminist movement
Funding amount: $450,000

Sex Education and Information Council of Canada
Toronto, Ontario
Project Name: Prevention of Gender-Based Violence: Developing and Implementing Effective Sexual Health Education Policy and Practice
Funding amount: $696,636

SOURCE Women and Gender Equality Canada

For further information: Contacts: Johise Namwira, Press Officer, Office of the Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth, 873-353-0985, [email protected]; Media Relations, Women and Gender Equality Canada, 819-420-6530, [email protected]

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