Background information: In the Federal 2018 Budget, the Government of Canada committed $5.5 million over 5 years, starting in 2018-19, for the Department for Women and Gender Equality Canada to work with stakeholders, including provinces and territories, to develop a framework to prevent and address GBV at PSIs. The Framework will contribute to consistent, comprehensive and sustainable approaches to preventing and addressing GBV at PSIs. The Framework will be designed to support PSIs when developing or updating their GBV plans and policies. The plans and policy guidelines in the Framework will provide guidance on principles, prevention, support, training, responses, accountability, and reporting, in addition to other elements pertinent to GBV at PSIs.
What is the Advisory Committee for the Framework to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions? The Department of Women and Gender Equality has established an Advisory Committee to support the Government of Canada in its commitment to developing a harmonized framework to ensure consistent, comprehensive and sustainable approaches in addressing gender-based violence at post-secondary institutions across Canada.
Why was the Committee established? It is important to hear from experts and advocates, such as academic, civil society and front-line service providers, to ensure that the Framework is informed by the experiences, needs, and challenges of those who are most directly affected by GBV, including survivors and those who work with them. Engaging with experts and advocates will also ensure the Framework is based on evidence of what works best to prevent and address GBV.
What are the objectives of the Advisory Committee? The Advisory Committee will provide advice and feedback on the development, consultation, and implementation of the Framework. Specifically, the Committee will:
Provide feedback and advice on the Framework;
Advise, plan, and provide support for consultations on the Framework;
Advise, plan, and provide support for the implementation of the Framework.
Who is on the Advisory Committee? The Advisory Committee is an informed, vibrant group of individuals dedicated to preventing and addressing GBV at Post-Secondary Institutions (PSIs). The members of the Advisory Committee have experienced representatives with expertise in a variety of disciplines. They possess a broad understanding of issues related to GBV at PSIs, working from a trauma-informed intersectional feminist approach and recognizing the particular barriers faced by members of diverse groups (e.g. students, survivors, Indigenous women and girls, LGBTQ2S and gender non-conforming persons, newcomer and migrant women and girls, persons with disabilities, and other groups affected by gender-based violence at post-secondary institutions). For a full list of membership please go to this link.
How will students and survivors be involved? Students and survivors are involved in the project in a number of ways, including being members of the Advisory Committee. Students and survivors are part of Possibility Seeds leadership drafting the framework as well as leading consultations and research. In addition, throughout the development phase of the Framework the Department for Women and Gender Equality and Possibility Seeds will conduct regional consultations. The consultations will place the needs and perspectives of diverse students and survivors as a priority.
What is happening during the Listening and Learning phase of this project? During the Listening and Learning phase of this project, we are hosting a series of consultations with a cross-section of Canadian experts on campus gender-based violence. We are working with the Advisory Committee to draw on their networks and connections to recruit participants including people affected by gender-based violence, complainants, government bureaucrats, and officials, respondents, students, administration, faculty, staff, and gender-based-violence community organizations. Information stemming out of these sessions will allow us the opportunity to explore promising practices, policy development, and principles regarding gender-based violence at post-secondary institutions.