Gender Based Violence and intimate partner violence in Canada

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs until 10 December, the Human Rights Day.

On Monday, Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced up to $2.2 million for the implementation of five projects located in New BrunswickNova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. This announcement marks one of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

The organizations receiving funding include:

  • Government of New Brunswick, Women’s Equality Branch
    Improvement of Services and Response to Sexual Violence in Post-Secondary Institutions within New Brunswick
  • Preventing Domestic Homicides in Atlantic Canada – Looking back to see our way forward
  • Elevate Her Mental Health Support Services Canada
  • Girls Achieving Gender Equity (GAGE) Outreach project
  • Government of Prince Edward Island, Interministerial Women’s Secretariat
  • Coordinated Response to Adult Sexual Violence in PEI
  • Canada-Prince Edward Island Contribution Agreement on Crisis Hotlines Responding to Gender-based Violence

The Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women says that “the statistics are troubling. More than 11 million people in Canada aged 15 and over have experienced intimate partner violence at least once since the age of 15. In 2009, it was estimated that intimate partner violence has an economic cost of $7.4 billion annually, and sexual violence, a cost of $4.8 billion annually. ”

Canada's Marci Ien

Canada’s Marci Ien Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth. HoC Photo cropped. Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective-Magazine


“We know that gender-based violence is unacceptable and has no place in Canada. We also know that it’s a significant barrier to achieving gender equality and our government is doing everything we can to prevent it and address its root causes. The National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence gives us the roadmap to address the persistent gaps in care, support and front-line services – bringing us closer to building a safer and more equitable Canada for everyone.” -The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth.