National Action Plan (NAP) on Violence Against Women (VAW) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

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Dear supporters, 

Today’s the day! In anticipation of the Federal Budget 2021 being unveiled on April 19, we’re starting the #WhatWillItTake social media campaign. 

Women’s Shelters Canada was asked and funded by the department of Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) to develop a strategic engagement with anti-violence leaders across Canada to inform the development of a National Action Plan (NAP) on Violence Against Women (VAW) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Our preliminary findings were released today: Our final report will be submitted to WAGE on April 30, 2021. 

So, what will it take to end gender-based violence in Canada? 

What it will take is the federal government to lead the way with bold, ambitious, intersectional investment.   

Campaign Objective: To draw the attention of key politicians and their staffers to our budget asks over a blitz period. 

Campaign Timeline: April 1-April 19, 2021 

Our Budget Asks: 

  • Make escalating gender-based violence in Canada a central consideration in Budget 2021 
  • Make good on election platform promises of $30 million to develop a National Action Plan – earmark it for establishing and overseeing the 10-year National Action Plan that was promised, not for consultations or short projects 
  • Ensure $250 million is earmarked for ongoing emergency COVID-19 related GBV response while the NAP proper gets started 
  • Fund a diverse and sustainable women’s movement by answering the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s call for $400 million in funding for ongoing, long-term operational funding to women-serving agencies and equity-seeking organizations 

 What We’re Asking You to Do: 

  • Use our sample tweets and posts – or create your own – on your organization’s social media channels 
  • Re-tweet Women’s Shelters Canada’s tweets 
  • Use the hashtags to see what other organizations are tweeting and re-tweet them 
  • Key hashtags: #NAPonVAW and #Budget2021 
  • Other hashtags: #cdnpoli #canpoli #canfem #NAPonGBV #endVAW 
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