Violence Against Women

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More Than a Bed: A National Profile of VAW Shelters and Transition Homes

May 1, 2019 - Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) Press Release: "New National Report Finds that Violence Against Women Shelters Are Doing More with Less".

Press release excerpt: "In Canada, a woman is killed every 2.5 days, with over half killed by a current or former intimate partner. VAW shelters provide lifesaving services to women and children fleeing violence. Recent numbers from Statistics Canada showed that over 68,000 women and children had stayed in VAW shelters in 2017-2018. However, WSC’s report found that four in ten shelters reported being at capacity “almost always.” Capacity challenges are compounded by the lack of safe, affordable, and appropriate housing for women and their children across the country, in urban and rural communities alike." Read the entire press release...

More Than a Bed

The Report: More Than a Bed: A National Profile of VAW Shelters and Transition Houses” was released on May 1, 2019, and provides information on 290 VAW shelters’ physical buildings; shelter size; length of stay and capacity; the various groups served and the acces­sibility of shelters for different survivors; service delivery and programming; labour, salaries, and types of work conducted; and funding, finances, and reporting. Where relevant, the report presents a cross-section of data at the regional and population size levels to illustrate differences across the country, as well as between larger and smaller communities.

The data clearly show that VAW shelters/THs are providing expanding services to a diverse group of women and children without comparable funding increases. ~ Source

Read the Report...

#16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence/#OrangeTheWorld - November 25 to December 10


2019 Generation Equality

Violence Against Women is a worldwide problem. Millions of women and girls are affected by violence of some form every day.  The issues, solutions and ways to make a difference according to UN Women have been summarized here.

"The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was originated by activists at the inaugural Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women's Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of this civil society initiative, under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE Campaign), calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share knowledge and innovations." ~ Source

2019's #16Days Theme

"...under the umbrella of UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign that marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the UNiTE Campaign is calling on people from all walks of life to learn more and take a stand against the pervasive rape culture that surrounds us." ~ Source

#16Days in Canada

Countries around the world have awareness campaigns for #16days. These campaigns are inspired by the UN Women's #OrangeTheWorld campaign. In 2017 and 2018, Canada's #16Days theme was #MYActionsMatter.

Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, December 6, is part of the #16Days.

"This year’s theme, #MYActionsMatter, carries on the message from last year’s successful campaign and is a call to action that asks everyone to take concrete steps to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence (GBV). Recently, public attention has shone a light on what statistics have long confirmed: women in Canada and around the world continue to face violence each and every day. In response to this all-too-familiar reality #MYActionsMatter asks the question: what will you do?" Source

Did You Know in Canada?

  1. Women are 11 times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences.

  2. Women are three times more likely than men to experience criminal harassment.

  3. Women are almost four times more likely than men to experience intimate partner violence.

  4. RCMP reports that well over 1,200 Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada.

  5. Data suggest that one-quarter of female students in college or university have experienced sexual assault or attempted sexual assault; 90% of these students knew their attacker.

Government of Canada's Strategy to End Gender-Based Violence.

December 6: Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. This day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women, engineering students at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.  The day now represents a time to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. 

"We each have the opportunity and the responsibility to stand up against misogyny, sexism, and hate — and it starts with creating a culture of respect.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the fact that women in Canada, and around the world, continue to face disproportionate levels of violence each and every day.

It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. Finally, it is a day for communities to consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls." Source

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Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women Fact Sheets

Below are some fact sheets prepared after the CSW 57 in 2013, provided by the Canadian Research Institue for the Advancement of Women pertaining to Violence Against Women in Canada:

 English            French
Violence Against Women - long            Violence Contre les Femmes - longue
Violence Against Women - short            Violence Contre les Femmes - court

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VAW: Facts Everyone Should Know


#MyActionsMatter - It's Emotional Abuse


#MyActionsMatter - Speak Out


#MyActionsMatter - It's Cyberviolence


#MyActionsMatter - It's Family Abuse


#MyActionsMatter - It's Elder Abuse


#MyActionsMatter - It's Sexism


#HearMeToo: A message from UN Women’s Executive Director

#MyActionsMatter - It's Sexual Assault