This report explores some of the historical and present-day root causes of gender-based violence and the effects of state violence on women, bringing forward the experiences of women who navigate state systems created within Canada’s settler colonial history.
Women are confronted with structural racism, sexism, heteronormativity, and ableism, and this report explores how to address these barriers. The implementation of the National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence, along with grassroots prevention programs at all life stages, and a renewed relationship with policing, criminal and legal systems, will all help.
Summary of recommendations
As a society, in our work, and in all the ways we address gender-based violence, we must seek:
- Increased support for grassroots movements and women’s services
- Greater acknowledgement from governments about the role of colonization in violence against women and gender-based violence.
- Alternatives to the criminal legal system
- We all have a role to play in ending systemic racism and discrimination by educating ourselves and promoting the strength, knowledge and expertise of BIPOC women.
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Co-authors: Canadian Women’s Foundation; Women’s Shelters Canada; Pauktuutit, Inuit Women of Canada; Anita Olsen Harper (NACAFV); Jihan Abbas (DAWN-RAFH Canada)