National campaign sensitizes young people about gender violence

TORONTO, December 1, 2022 /CNW/ – Women and Gender Equality Canada

It’s not just locker room talk. It’s not just a bad day. It’s not just flirting. Gender violence is a serious problem that affects everyone in Canadaespecially young women, girls, and transgender and gender diverse people. When someone faces violence because of their gender, gender expression, or perceived gender identity, it is a violation of their human rights.

today at york university in toronto, the Honorable Marci Ien, Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth, launched ‘It’s Not Alone’, a national campaign to sensitize young people about gender-based violence. Minister Ien was accompanied by round lentonPresident of york universityand several students to discuss how gender violence is affecting young people in Canada.

“It’s Not Fair” highlights how some forms of gender violence are reduced. The campaign seeks to help young people understand that GBV is more than just physical and sexual violence: emotional, financial and cyber violence are forms of GBV that can be just as harmful and have lasting psychological impacts. The campaign also highlights how some groups, including black and racialized women, women with disabilities, 2SLGBTQI+ people, and women new to CanadaThey are at greater risk of experiencing gender-based violence. “It’s Not Alone” aims to raise awareness of GBV, build awareness, and ultimately change beliefs and actions to break the cycle of violence that many Canadians experience on a daily basis.

The campaign is a collaboration with partner organizations, frontline service providers, experts, academics, advocates, and youth from diverse backgrounds. Women and Gender Equality Canada partners with YWCA Canada, Wisdom2Action, DAWN CanadaFOXY/SMASH, Platform, White Ribbon Canada, The Center for Sexuality, GRAY Montreal, Interval House of hamiltonCircle Education and Queer Yukon Society to reach out and capture the ideas of young people, specifically those from marginalized and underrepresented communities.

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“Young Canadians are at greater risk of experiencing gender-based violence, even more so if they are young women or girls (under 25 years of age); black or racialized women; women new to Canada; disabled women; LGB+ people and people of other sexual orientations other than heterosexual; transgender or gender diverse people; women living in northern, rural or remote communities; Women, girls and indigenous people 2SLGBTQQIA+. “It’s Not Alone” empowers youth to dismantle violent systems and support survivors of this violence. By acknowledging and refusing to dismiss GBV, we will work together to end GBV and make Canada safer for everyone.”

The Honorable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

We are pleased to join the Honorable Minister Ien in york university to advertise the “It’s Not Fair” youth campaign. Sexual and gender violence continues to be frequent in our society, and campaigns such as “It’s Not Fair” play an important educational role aimed at prevention. The advancement of social justice and equity is embedded in the fabric of our institution and is demonstrated through our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At York, we are committed to ending gender-based violence 365 days a year, through our advocacy, teaching and learning, research and support services.”

round lentonPresident of york university

Fast facts

  • According to the 2019 Survey of Individual Safety in the Post-Secondary Education Student Population, among students who attend a post-secondary institution located in the provinces of Canadanearly one in seven (15%) female students had been sexually assaulted in the post-secondary setting at least once since they began their studies, three times the proportion of male students (5%).

  • Young women ages 15-24 were 6 times more likely to have experienced a sexual assault in the previous 12 months in a 2018 survey than women ages 25 and older.

  • In 2018, one in two (50%) LGB+ women and one in four (26%) LGB+ men in Canada they were sexually assaulted from the age of 15; significantly more than among heterosexual women (30%) and men (8%).

  • In CanadaSelf-reported data collected in 2018 indicates that Indigenous women were more likely than non-Indigenous women to have been sexually assaulted at least once since the age of 15 (46% vs. 33%, respectively).

  • In 2018, women with disabilities (39%) are 1.6 times more likely than women without disabilities (24%) to have experienced a sexual assault since the age of 15. For men with disabilities, the probability is double (13%) than among men without disabilities (6%).

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