Canada supports partners to prevent gender-based violence
Ottawa, May 1 (IBNS): Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary for the Canada's Minister of Health, on behalf of Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada Minister of Health has made an announcement about Government of Canada’s commitment to end gender-based violence in funding more than $6.4 million for seven projects aimed at preventing teen and youth dating violence, media reports said.
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) under its Preventing Gender-Based Violence – The Health Perspective program Investment -- would fund more than $40 million over five years to support Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
It is important that the youth be taught about strategies to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships to prevent gender-based violence to minimise and avoid its immediate and longâ€‘term impacts on individuals, communities and Canadian society.
The organizations who would receive these funding to design and deliver unique, community-based programs to provide young Canadians with the knowledge and skills needed to help recognize and prevent dating violence would be: Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Coaching Association of Canada, Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society in Watson Lake, Yukon, Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Nearly 50% of Canadians aged 15 and older who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual report having experienced childhood physical or sexual abuse, compared to 30% of heterosexual people.
In June 2019, Canada will host the Women Deliver Conference, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women.
During a keynote address to approximately 900 public health professionals at the Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference in Ottawa, Damoff emphasized the importance of collaboration across the health sector to address current and future Canadian public health priorities, including supporting and advancing gender equality.
"Exposure to violence and trauma has significant and long-lasting health impacts, particularly on the developing brains of children and youth. The best way to prevent genderâ€‘based violence and all of its associated risks to physical health and mental well-being is to promote the development of positive, supportive and healthy relationships early in life. Community-based programs tailored to the needs and experiences of youth are essential to building the foundations of equality and respect that will help to end gender-based violence in our society," said Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
The Government of Canada is providing funding to @CAC_ACE to equip coaches with the tools and resources they need to support athletes; to help recognize, prevent and address gender-based violence; and promote healthy relationships in sport. #itsTime #safesport https://t.co/NXMDixe2Uz— Sport Canada (@SportCanada_EN) April 30, 2019
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)