Women Living in Rural and Remote Communities and Small Urban Centres

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Theme: Community planning to reduce violence against women and girls in rural communities and small urban centres in Canada

Project Goal

To enhance opportunities for communities to take action to reduce rates of violence against women and girls in rural settings and small urban centres where the incidence of gender-based violence, including sexual assault, is significant.

Project Objective

To support women and community partners to work together to develop and implement a community plan that addresses the issue of violence against women and girls, including sexual assault, in the local area.


This project will address the range of institutional barriers and other factors that limit community efforts to address the issue of violence against women and girls, including sexual assault, in rural communities and small urban centres.

The project will build partnerships and collaboration between community stakeholders (e.g., women, local, regional and provincial governments, community leaders, women's and community organizations, service providers, legal institutions and law enforcement agencies, etc.) to identify and respond to the specific needs of women and girls.

Funding Available

Up to $300,000.


Up to 36 months.

Key Activities

  1. Engage and establish working partnerships with:
    • local women and girls; and
    • women's and other community organizations, community leaders, stakeholders and potential allies (e.g., local, regional or provincial governments, service providers, legal institutions, law enforcement agencies).
  2. Plan project and adapt to local needs:
    • conduct a gender-based analysis with respect to rates of gender-based violence and the specific needs of women and girls;
    • work with local women and girls to identify their priorities, viewpoints and potential strategies for addressing gender-based violence;
    • identify existing institutional mechanisms and supports as well as gaps (e.g., policies, programs, services, models, strategies, frameworks, planning and decision-making processes, etc.); and
    • identify promising practices to address the issue of violence against women and girls in rural and small urban settings.
  3. Develop community plan:
    • collectively identify gaps, priorities, opportunities, valuable resources and supports and potential strategies; and
    • collaborate to ensure tangible results for women and girls and a coordinated community response to gender-based violence in the context of local need.
  4. Implement community plan:
    • work with women, planning partners and community members to ensure effective implementation of the plan; and
    • focus on a priority component of the plan (e.g., coordination of community programs and services to avoid duplication and maximize resources to address gaps, improve access to supports and ensure their effectiveness).

Planned Results

  • A community plan to address the specific needs of local women and girls with respect to gender-based violence has been developed.
  • Project participants and stakeholders can identify the factors contributing to gender-based violence and are aware of local supports.
  • Community partners and stakeholders collaborate to identify gaps, priorities and opportunities and to implement effective mechanisms, supports, strategies and/or solutions.
  • Stakeholders have taken specific actions to address violence against women and girls in their community.

Project Deliverables (after approval)

Month 4

  • Detailed work plan and budget, results framework and performance measurement plan, risk management plan, and list of project partners, including description of their contribution.

Year 1

  • Gender-based analysis report.
  • Community plan (including an annex that documents the consultation process and findings).

Performance reporting requirements and timelines will be determined after the proposed project has been approved.