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Engaging Young People to Prevent Violence against Women on Post-Secondary Campuses

Project Goal

To enhance opportunities for post-secondary campus communities to actively prevent/reduce violence against young women.

Project Objective

To support measures to address violence against young women on post-secondary campuses.


This project will address institutional barriers and other factors (e.g., institutional policies and programs, social dynamics, security provisions and physical safety issues*) that limit the efforts of campus communities to address the issue of violence against young women.

The project will build partnerships and collaboration between campus community stakeholders to identify and respond to the specific needs of young women on campus. Students will help identify the issues of violence affecting young women on their campus, expand their understanding of these issues, and in concert with campus community stakeholders, help carry out strategies/approaches to prevent/reduce gender-based violence in their campus community.

Funding Available

Up to $200,000.


Up to 28 months (with implementation over two academic years).

Key Activities

  1. Engage and establish working partnerships with women and men on campus; and as applicable, with campus community stakeholders (e.g., governance bodies of the post-secondary institutions, student unions, on-campus women's centres, on- and off-campus service providers. These could include campus security services, businesses, youth groups, community leaders, women's and community organizations, legal institutions and law enforcement agencies, local, regional and provincial governments, etc.)
  2. Plan project and adapt to local campus needs: conduct a gender-based analysis with respect to gender-based violence and the specific needs of young women;
    • work with young women to identify their priorities, viewpoints and potential strategies for addressing gender-based violence;
    • work with stakeholders to collectively identify gaps, priorities, opportunities, valuable resources and supports and potential strategies;
    • collaborate with stakeholders to ensure tangible results for young women and a coordinated campus community response to 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 on campus.

      Campus awareness / prevention campaigns should not be the only or primary focus of proposed initiative.
  3. Implement measures (policies, mechanisms, models and/or strategies) to address the identified issue(s). For example,
    • Working directly with stakeholders, conducting and implementing campus safety audits* on identified issues. These should identify and propose solutions to the broader safety issues facing young women on campus.
    • Develop and implement a campus community plan to help deliver on strategies/approaches to address gender-based violence on campus.
    • 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., supports for university/college governance bodies and structures for ensuring gender-based factors are considered in decision-making, planning and management).
    • Where campus community plans already exist, review to strengthen (e.g., by using gender-based analysis), update, implement a priority component, etc. Work with women, planning partners and community members to ensure effective implementation of the plan.

Planned Results

  • Stakeholders can identify factors contributing to gender-based violence as well as solutions.
  • Stakeholders have collaborated to identify gaps, priorities and opportunities and have implemented effective mechanisms, supports, strategies and/or solutions.
  • Stakeholders have taken specific actions to address violence against women and girls in their post-secondary campus 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.

Performance reporting requirements and timelines will be determined after the proposed project has been approved. Depending on the nature of the proposed project, additional requirements may apply.

* The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women, (METRAC) has identified key factors for safety audits. Audits could encompass physical safety issues as well as security provisions, social dynamics and institutional policies and programs. For more information please consult their website.