Working Together: Engaging communities to end violence against women and girls

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Theme: Engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls

Project Goal

Please note that preference will be given to organizations that have previous experience in engaging men and boys in addressing the issue of violence against women and girls.

Project Objective

To develop and strengthen the skills of men and boys, working in partnership with women and girls, to identify and respond to issues of gender-based violence in their communities.


The project will deliver innovative approaches to engaging men and boys in working to end violence against women and girls. Working in collaboration with men and women, boys and girls, and other stakeholders, projects will identify the issues of violence affecting women and girls, and deliver approaches that engage men and boys in responding to these issues in their communities.

Organizations that have previous experience in this area are encouraged to develop or enhance innovative models or practices to engage men and boys.

Funding Available

Up to $200,000 for projects that are local or regional in scope.
Up to $300,000 for projects that are national in scope.


Up to 24 months.

Mandatory Key Activities

  1. Plan the project.
    • Engage and establish working partnerships with:
      • local men and women, boys and girls; and
      • women's and other community organizations, community leaders, stakeholders and potential allies (e.g. local, regional and provincial governments, service providers, etc.).
    • Carry out a needs assessment :
      • conduct a gender-based analysis of the issue of gender-based violence, and the specific needs of women and girls in your community;
      • 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
      • work with local women and girls to identify their priorities, viewpoints and potential strategies for addressing gender-based violence.
    • Identify promising approaches to addressing this issue.
  2. Develop or, select and adapt, engagement models for men and/or boys to address the priority challenges identified in your community.
  3. Delivery and implementation:
    • Provide knowledge on violence against women, and training in gender-based analysis and community leadership (including facilitation techniques).
    • Work with communities to address one or more of the identified issues underlying violence against women.
    • Engage, educate and network with community members and organizations.
  4. Evaluate the project.

Planned Results

  • Project participants will have an increased understanding of issues relating to violence against women and girls.
  • Project participants will have gained/strengthened skills to identify and respond to issues relating to violence against women and girls in their communities.
  • Men and boys will actively engage and take on leadership roles to address these pressing issues in their communities.
  • Community members will have increased their awareness of issues relating to gender-based violence.

Longer-Term Results (after project's end)

  • Community stakeholders will have taken specific actions to address issues relating to gender-based violence.

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.

Month 12

Interim report and other project documents, as required, including a description of the selected engagement model.

Month 24

Final report and evaluation.

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


  • You must submit a minimum of two reference letters that describe your organization's expertise, and demonstrate its capacity to work with partners and to successfully complete a project that engages men and boys in preventing/reducing violence against women and girls.
  • General awareness-raising and/or prevention campaigns should not be the only or primary focus of the proposed project.
  • Funding cannot be used to support the development and/or delivery of offender programs.
  • To ensure your proposed project fulfills the requirements of this call for proposals and the Women's Program's eligibility criteria, contact a Status of Women Canada office to discuss the application with a project officer. This is strongly recommended before filling out the application form.