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

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Theme: Preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in high-risk neighbourhoods

Project Goal

To increase opportunities for communities to take action to reduce the rates of violence against women and girls in high-risk neighbourhoods.

Project Objective

To support women and community partners in working together to develop and implement community strategies to address the issue of violence against women and girls.


The project will address the institutional barriers and other factors that limit community efforts to prevent and reduce violence against women and girls in high-risk neighbourhoods. The project will identify promising strategies to address violence against women and girls, and consult with neighbourhoods or communities in which these strategies have been implemented. Projects will then select, adapt/enhance, and pilot a strategy within their neighbourhood, in partnership with local community stakeholders.

Funding Available

Up to $200,000.


Up to 24 months.

Mandatory Key Activities

  1. Plan the project.
    • Engage and establish working partnerships with:
      • local women and girls; and
      • men and boys, women's and other community organizations, community leaders, stakeholders and potential allies (e.g. local, regional and provincial governments, service providers, legal institutions and law enforcement agencies, etc.).
    • Carry out a needs assessment:
      • conduct a gender-based analysis of the rates 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 strategies and consult with similar high-risk neighbourhoods that have implemented a strategy to address the issue of violence against women and girls in their communities.

      Note: Neighbourhoods with existing community action plans to address violence against women and girls should work within that framework when identifying and piloting promising practices.
  2. Select and adapt/enhance the strategy to address the issues, gaps and priorities identified in your neighbourhood. For example, piloting efforts to strengthen coordination between police services and community agencies to better recognize and respond to family violence.
  3. Delivery and implementation:
    • create active networks and engage with allies and other organizations within your community, and with similar communities; and
    • pilot the promising strategy within your community.
  4. Evaluate the project.
  5. Share results.

Planned Results

  • Community partners and stakeholders collaborate to identify gaps, priorities and opportunities, and implement effective mechanisms, supports, strategies and/or solutions.
  • Effective, evidence-based, promising practices that address violence against women and girls in high-risk neighbourhoods have been identified and piloted within neighbourhoods.
  • Strategic networks within and between communities have been developed.

Longer-Term Results (after project's end)

  • 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 partners from similar communities, as well as a description of their contribution.

Month 12

Interim report and other project documents, as required.

Month 24

Final report and evaluation.

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