Lunchtime Discussion: The Case for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women

2014 12 Mar
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The call for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women comes from many groups across Canada and it grows.

Led by the Canadian Network of Women's Shelters & Transition Houses, a team of researchers conducted a research between January 2013 and June 2013 through a wide range of data sources. Their report mapped out existing national, provincial, and territorial policies, strategies, and legislation that would be impacted by, or could be used as the basis for, the development of national legislation on violence against women (VAW) in Canada. The analysis on their findings is grounded on two United Nations documents: the Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women (2010) and the Handbook for National Action Plans on Violence Against Women (2011).

Further, to contextualize the findings, input was obtained from experts whose experiences of various VAW policies and legislation on behalf of particular constituencies lend unique perspectives to this study. Seven qualitative informant interviews were conducted with representatives of the following experience and perspectives: women with disabilities, urban Aboriginal women, immigrant/linguistic minority women, law enforcement, The North, Quebec, and Ontario (because of its domestic violence and sexual violence action plans and Domestic Violence Advisory Council). 

For more info or to download the report, please click here.

Please join us for a short panel followed by an open discussion on "How a National Action Plan on Violence against Women will affect or improve experiences of survivors, services, and prevention". Our guest panelists are:

  • Frances Daly, Manager of Oshki Kizis Lodge, a shelter for women and children part of Minwaashin Lodge Aboriginal Women's Support Centre
  • Yamikani Msosa, Public Education Coordinator & Support Worker at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa
  • Leighann Burns, Director of Harmony House, a second-stage women’s shelter
  • Holly Johnson, Professor at that Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa and the co-author of "The Case for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women" report

This panel will be facilitated by Pam Kapoor.

Wednesday, March 12 2014
@ 25One Community (2nd floor, 251 Bank St.)
Bring your lunch!

Copies of the Executive Summary of the report in both English and French will be available at the event.

We acknowledge that the concerns of women from First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Quebec for whom a national plan would have to acknowledge their right to self-determination.

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