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Cross-Sectoral Violence Against Women Strategy Group (CSVAWSG). LE COMITÉ RÉGIONAL DE COORDINATION POUR CONTRER LA VIOLENCE FAITE AUX FEMMES REGIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Wednesday June 2, 2004. Cross-sectoral Violence Against Women Strategy Group.

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cross sectoral violence against women strategy group csvawsg

Cross-Sectoral Violence Against Women Strategy Group (CSVAWSG)

LE COMITÉ RÉGIONAL DECOORDINATION POUR CONTRER LAVIOLENCE FAITE AUX FEMMES

REGIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE TO END

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Wednesday June 2, 2004

key objectives
Key Objectives
  • To advocate for policy provincially
  • Bring in a broad range of sectors
  • Build a province-wide, cross-sectoral network
  • Re-politicize the issue
  • Challenge trends in policy directions
key objectives continued
Key Objectives (continued)
  • Further an integrated analysis
  • Proposals for action and policy reform
  • Develop strategies for women with multiple exclusions
  • Work on prevention, i.e.welfare reform, housing, legal supports, etc..
history of the cross sectoral violence against women strategy group
History of the Cross-Sectoral Violence Against Women Strategy Group
  • Women’s groups came together - Fall 2000 – Who came?
  • Cross-sectoral
  • Writing of Emergency Measures document
history of the cross sectoral violence against women strategy group continued
History of the Cross-Sectoral Violence Against Women Strategy Group(continued)
  • 2001 – group more sporadic
  • Status of Women grant March of 2003 – received
  • One Pre-election event
  • After the election – lobby the party in power & opposition
  • Emergency Measures & Beyond document
  • Large Group Meetings - every 3 months
  • Steering Meetings - monthly in Toronto
key components of csvawsg
Key components of CSVAWSG
  • Central theme of CSVAWSG - the need to refocus
  • VAW policy and funding/resources to social supports for women and women's services
  • Law and order response does not work –
  • Law and order response is not based on a gender/race/anti-oppression analysis
  • Theme for election actions – making the issues clear
emergency measures
Emergency Measures

“Strengthening women’s economic and social position “

emergency measures con t
Emergency Measures (con’t)
  • Community Based Service for Women
  • and Children
      • Emergency Services
      • Community & Neighbourhood Supports
    • Legal Reforms & Services
      • Legal Aid
      • Criminal Law Reforms
      • Family Law Reforms
emergency measures con t1
Emergency Measures (con’t)
  • Economic Survival & Workplace Safety
    • Economic Survival
    • Workplace Protection
history of the cross sectoral violence against women strategy group cont d
History of the Cross-Sectoral Violence Against Women Strategy Group(cont’d)
  • Comprehensive cross-sectoral strategy at the provincial level
  • Campaign Launch
  • Lobby work with the appropriate government people
  • Campaign was successful
provincial election activities
Provincial election activities
  • Organize media event(s)
  • Produce a communication – Press release
  • Get out there – become visible
  • Call leaders to debate issues
pre election actions
Pre-Election Actions
  • One page with visual
  • Press Release to main media
  • Press release for everyone’s use
  • Main media events
  • OAITH plan
  • Michelle Lansberg article
  • Media Hits
  • Follow Eves
after the election
After the Election
  • Large group meeting – Nov.18 2003
  • Examine Liberal appointments
  • Outreach Planning for Nov.18th
  • Issue of Steering Committee Membership
  • Interim Report – SAW
  • Collectively write Emergency Measures & Beyond document
emergency measures beyond
Emergency Measures & Beyond

Recommendations in the 14 areas:

  • Emergency Services
  • Legal Reforms & Services
  • Women with Disabilities and Deaf women
  • Aboriginal Women
  • Immigrant Refugee& Women of Colour
  • Francophone Women
  • Rural Women & Northern Women
  • Anti-poverty and Income Security
  • Housing
  • Labour & Workplace
  • Childcare
  • Health
  • Re-structuring of Provinces’ Women’s Services
emergency services
Emergency Services
  • Allocate 15 million in annualized funds to women’s shelters
  • Funding to communities urgently needing shelter beds
  • Allocate $3,360,000 in annualized funds to Second Stage Housing
  • Funding to community women’s groups
legal reforms services
Legal Reforms & Services
  • Increased family legal aid to separation and divorce
  • Language interpretation supports
  • Criminal Law Reforms – Hadley re. bail & May Inquests as per the Charter
women with disabilities deaf women
Women with Disabilities & Deaf women
  • Accessible affordable housing
  • Disability related government programs need VAW training
  • Income supports: increase levels; reflect indexed cost of living; not linked to spousal income; medical coverage separated from income
  • 24 hour accessible transportation
  • Accessible shelters and 2nd stage housing
aboriginal women
Aboriginal Women
  • Increase funding to Aboriginal women shelters
  • Fund ‘safe houses’ on reserve
  • Increased support services to Aboriginal women in all communities
  • Services in aboriginal languages
  • Decrease CAS intervention
immigrant refugee women of colour
Immigrant Refugee& Women of Colour
  • Fund VAW training for settlement and other immigrant programs
  • VAW agencies need to provide culturally sensitive programs
  • Fund Immigrant settlement agencies for cultural interpreters services
  • Culturally sensitive info on VAW services
  • Understanding systemic discrimination, immigration policies, and ethnic community issues and their relationship to leaving an abusive situation
francophone women
Francophone Women

Same service needs as all women, however

access to French services still problem:

  • Catch-up for lost access to French language services
  • Budget increase for regional crisis lines
  • Increase services in the north-west, including funding for immigrant women and new sexual assault centre in Prescott-Russell
  • Recognition of needs in consultations and communications
rural women
Rural Women
  • Immediate access to affordable housing
  • Review application process for sensitivity
  • Improve access to health care by increasing nurse practitioners
  • Develop inclusive health care services
northern women
Northern women
  • Provide accessible affordable housing
  • Access to health care services
  • Develop inclusive Health facilities
anti poverty income security
Anti-poverty & Income Security
  • Implement annual cost of living adjustment to welfare rates
  • Increase housing subsidies
  • More affordable housing
  • Realistic shelter allowances for women on social assistance
  • Remove income claw backs for OW and NCBS
  • Allow women to access multiple provincial services
housing
Housing
  • Low rise mixed income developments
  • Design features for children
  • Accessible disabled units
  • 1% solution
  • Increase affordable rental stock as per Golden Report
  • Fund supports that sustain housing
  • Recommendations as per Hadley
labour workplace
Labour & Workplace
  • Employment Standards Act provisions; Job protection for compassionate leave
  • Provisions that guarantee the right to workplace accommodation for court leave, finding housing, childcare, and to heal
  • Pay Equity with a 1% adjustmentto ensure survival of women’s agencies
childcare
Childcare
  • Universal, regulated ELC system
  • Detailed policy framework with action plan
  • Plan should be ready April 2005
  • Move towards a national child care program
  • Provide immediate crisis control
health
Health
  • Recognition of violence as a public health issue
  • Link health dollars to community-based organizations providing VAW services
  • Recognize the impact of VAW on health care workers
  • Hospital accreditation standards should include sensitivity to issues of VAW
  • Routine universal screening
re structuring of provincial government women s services
Re-structuring of Provincial Government Women’s Services
  • Victims Justice Fund (VJF) available to, community-based services
  • Government’s VAW strategy ensure that there is sustainable funding designated to implement VAW reforms.
  • The lead within the government - Ontario Women’s Directorate (OWD)
  • OWD must ensure that other Ministries adhere to an equality-based analysis
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Merci!

Thank you !