Strat­egy on gen­der-based vi­o­lence set to launch

Lib­eral plan will de­velop re­search, data on key is­sues

Toronto Star - - NEWS - JOANNA SMITH

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.


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