Taking Action to End Violence Against Women

Canada is a world leader in the promotion and protection of women’s rights and gender equality. These issues are central to Canada’s foreign and domestic policies.

Violence against women violates and impairs or nullifies women’s human rights and is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace.

Canada’s offices abroad – taking action to end violence against women

Ghana: Lifting Social Barriers and Empowering Communities

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives supports Maata-N-Tudu Association’s training workshops on ending gender based violence and child, early and forced marriage in Northern Ghana [Ghana, May 2015]

South Africa: “Anchor of My Heart” Charting the Course to End Gender-Based Violence

Canada supports the production of a short film that challenges the social norms that put the safety of South African women at risk [South Africa, March 2015]

India: Media Awards Help Close the Gender gap

Canada supported the Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity to encourage positive images of women and girls in India [India, March 2015]

South Sudan: DFATD and Canadian Forces Unite Against Gender-based Violence

The efforts of Canadian soldiers have made a significant difference in the lives of South Sudanese children. [South Sudan, March 2015]

Papua New Guinea: “Women Not witches” Education

The High Commission of Canada in Canberra and Seeds Theatre Group are reducing violence against women in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea through education. [Papua New Guinea, February 2015]

Egypt: Safety and Security at School

The Embassy of Canada in Egypt is working with partner organizations in Cairo to ensure local students can study in a safe space without harassment. [Egypt, February 2015]

Cameroon: Protecting Widows and Orphans

Canada’s High Commission in Cameroon is working to enforce the protection of women’s and children’s basic rights. [Cameroon, January 2015]

Afghanistan: Canada supports Afghan Women Leaders

On Dec.9, women leaders from 16 provinces gathered at a symposium in Kabul to present their “Cinema Zainab Communique” which contained their recommendations for action on issues most significant to them – violence against women, security, peace-building, access to water and economic empowerment. [Afghanistan, December 2014]

Bangladesh: Promoting Girls’ Education

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Canada hosted an event focused on the accomplishments of Bangladeshi women and on Canada's global commitment to the human rights of women and children. [Bangladesh, November 2014]

Guatemala : Ending Violence Against Women in the Northern Tier

Canadian Embassies in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica teamed up with filmmaker Kimberly Bautista to promote women’s rights across the region. [Guatemala, November 2014]

Bangladesh: Nations Come Together for Gender Equality

The Embassies and High Commissions of Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UN Population Fund and UN Women collaborated on a week of events to celebrate the achievements of women internationally. [Bangladesh, April 2014]

Democratic Republic of Congo: Reducing Sexual Violence

The Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa organized a round-table discussion with non-governmental human rights advocacy organizations with a view to stimulating thinking and creating an open, productive dialogue concerning the development of human rights in the DRC. [Democratic Republic of Congo, March 2014]

Mongolia: Dancing Against Violence

Canada spent several months promoting the rights of girls in Mongolia, speaking out against violence and supporting projects related to the International Day of the Girl Child through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. [March 2014]

Costa Rica: Uniting for Women’s Rights

With this in mind, the Embassies to Costa Rica and Panama united to bring award-winning film director Kimberly Bautista to both countries to present her documentary Justice for my Sister. [Costa Rica, February 2014]