National roadmap to ending violence against women

Roadmap for the National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-based Violence

A new article by Samantha McCabe in The Tyee on the National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-based Violence describes the history and pillars of the plan as well as interviews those involved in its development, including our Legal Director, Pamela Cross.

Pamela Cross, co-chair of the roadmap’s committee for justice and legal systems, says that one goal of the roadmap was to move away from the “band-aid” approach often used with gender-based violence: a particular issue makes its way into the spotlight, and a quick-fix solution is applied. Instead, the authors wanted to analyze why gender-based violence is so systemic.

Pamela is confident the plan can work, with serious commitment:

“This is a 10-year plan that requires significant attention, commitment and investment, every single year, of those 10 years,” said Cross. “If that was there, I think we actually could achieve the goals of this roadmap.”

Enacting the plan immediately is critical:

“There’s no time to waste here,” she said. “Women die because of gender-based violence. Children die. Communities are destroyed by it.” 

The NAP was lead by Women’s Shelter’s Canada and involved 40 experts on women’s issues from across the nation and funded by Women and Gender Equality. The article includes comments from other pillar co-chairs, Anuradha Dugal, Canadian Women’s Foundation, and Angela Marie MacDougall, Battered Women’s Support Services.