Strategy on gender-based violence set to launch
Liberal plan will develop research, data on key issues
OTTAWA— The Liberal government is launching its long-awaited strategy on gender-based violence Monday in Toronto.
The game plan will include a way to develop and share research on everything from street harassment to getting boys and men involved in solving the problem. Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef will shed more light on which programs will get a share of $101 million over five years — plus $21 million annually going forward — the 2017 budget committed to a federal strategy on gender-based violence.
The budget will include money for creating a centre of excellence within Status of Women Canada, which could help the relatively small agency with an annual budget of less than $40 million get better at making sure its ideas are both evidence-based and taken seriously government-wide.
The need for more and better data was something the federal government had in mind when it began developing the federal gender-based strategy. “We need to understand when we spend money, how it’s being spent, what the results are,” Patty Hajdu, who was then minister for status of women, told The Canadian Press in June 2016 as she got ready to launch cross-country consultations. “We have no data. We have no plan.”
Those consultations showed those on the front lines were looking to the federal government to play a leadership role in data collection and analysis, including by establishing national baseline data.