Everything we know about gender violence in one new website

Posted
December 10, 2018

A newly launched government website is bringing together all federal programs, research and information related to gender-based violence across Canada, in an effort to reduce confusion and duplication of services and pilot projects.

The Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef was in London Monday for the announcement calling it a "big deal" for researchers and women's advocates. 

"It means we get to real change much faster," said Monsef. She pointed to a Yukon-based project involving men and boys to curb gender-based violence that's yielded good results but hasn't yet been available for other regions to imitate.

"With the knowledge centre, that information will be at a one-stop shop not just for Canadian advocates and researchers, but for leaders around the world to access."

The website announcement comes as Statistics Canada embarks on three national surveys around sexual harassment and gender-based violence in public and private spaces, colleges and universities and the workplace. 

Rounding out that initiative is a $5 million call for research proposals in areas of gender-based violence that haven't been well-studied, Monsef said Monday.

The minister said she's particularly keen to hear from researchers studying marginalized groups, and those studying new forms of violence, such as cyberbullying. 

"The last time we collected any sort of knowledge close to this was in the mid '90s, and since then the nature of violence has changed," she said.

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