150 Ways to End Gender-Based Violence

Toronto West Local Immigration Partnership’s Women Against Violence is collecting 150 ways to end gender-based violence, these suggestions will be compiled and showcased at our up-coming event. Please submit your suggestions below:

Up-to-date Recommendations Submitted to End Gender-Based Violence:

Disclaimer: The information contained on this page showcases recommendations provided by the general public. All suggestions with the exception of any negative ones are inserted onto the list below.  We are not liable for the accuracy of these suggestions/ opinions provided by the general public.

1.    Women need safe space to open up and talk. Walking away/or out is not an easy option, but having community support helps build confidence.

2.    If I know someone who is a victim of gender based violence, I can show that I care about them and support them in accessing specialized counselling services to make changes in their lives.

3.    Engage community leaders in the diverse communities to play a dynamic role in creating cultural traditions that reflect healthy relationships.

4.    Create a campaign that displays large ads and posters in the subways, streetcars and buses to demonstrate that this is everyone issue to address and it happens in all cultural and economic groups.

5.    Educating and engaging men and boys to unlearn GBV and hold each other accountable.

6.    Explore any ways of automating payments and transactions (like direct deposits to savings accounts etc.) from family’s weekly/ monthly wages to reduce the amount of discretionary cash available to male spouses/ partners. The less cash around, the better (includes debit cards). These deductions can be set up with employers so the bulk of wages (either spouse/ partner or both) goes directly to where it ought to go… as determined in consultation/ counseling with couples.

7.     put educational info on every beauty product so women can be informed about their rights

8.    Grocery stores should design WAV coupons and give it out

9.    TDSB should develop educational material for students at all level regard VAW

10. Banks should offer facilities for women escaping violent relationships to have access to their money

11. An award for women who proudly left a violent relationship by any organization in the city

12. METRO should make one day a week just for VAW news/ education, etc

13.  I am a male and I believe this is a very important issue, continue your work and I am going to subscribe. We cannot stop gender based violence. This is embedded into our religion, and culture – male dominance. We can education women empower and teach young girls this is not a way of living from a very early age.

14. Educating girls and women of the different resources available for them.Educating boys and men about violence and how to best resolve conflict

15. Have schools talk about and teach gender biases and gender based violence as part of social studies curriculum so that school age children are taught early about gender biases and gender based violence.

16. Violence against women and girls unacceptable anytime, anywhere and in any forms and should be treated as crime and practiced zero tolerance in any case.

17. Give Women Education and promote higher education

18. Teach Women Empower programs, offer Self Defense programs within your local community centers

19. Through media promotions and other forms of promoting this issue

20.  This should be introduced to young girls so they do not grow up thinking it is ok to be treated wrong. Also this is not just men, its women who abuse women too. Really like its Gender based violence which can include any gender.

21. I lived in abusive situation for 16 years of my life. I got out because I got help from a support group. Have local support groups are very important. Create more safe places where people are able to go for support and do not hide them. This is not an issue that should be hidden.

22. Do these types of campaigns all year along.

23. Keep raising the issue. Teach it to students in schools. Have tdsb make this part of their curriculum

24. Be respectful of each other’s differences, Do not promote gender based jokes, No discrimination based on one’s gender, Seriously prosecute gender based crimes

25. There needs to be an end to targeting children who have been victims of sexual abuse. They did not ask to be abused. Information about children who have been sexually abused is being shared in our community through social media platforms. The scare tactic that they themselves will then abuse other children is a complete misnomer. The parent of the child who has been sexually abused – mother or father – is then being ostracized by the community or, as the case for one woman, she is being openly stalked, robbed and harassed with the intention of driving her out of the community.The only way to end this gender-based violence is to educate the public that sexually abusing a child is wrong. It is NEVER the child’s fault. The adult who committed the act needs to be held accountable.Only through love and compassion can a child and its parent (mother or father) heal – regardless if it is a girl or a BOY who was abused.

26.  I would suggest an education strategy that teaches social media users what harassment is. I have heard from students at a local school that they have seen video of a local boy and his brothers in the shower. Do other teenagers not know that this is illegal? It’s time to break down the miscommunication that its ok to watch someone – live – while they are in the shower. Thank you.

27. Stablish center for support and guidance through the ending violence’s stage

28. Break the taboo and speak about with friends and family when it is safe to do so.

29. Facilitate open dialogues among women to discuss and share their experiences about preventing and responding to violence.

30. Advocacy and counselling interventions to improve access to social services are effective in reducing violence

31.  Promote egalitarian gender norms as part of life skills and comprehensive sexuality education curriculum

32.  Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence.Prevention should start early in life, by educating and working with young boys and girls promoting respectful relationships and gender equality. Working with youth is a “best bet” for faster, sustained progress on preventing gender-based

33. Set up proper support systems in place for the front line workers, it is important for professional workers not to get burnt out while they are trying to help these clients; and also, for them to have full knowledge so that they do more good than bad

34. Changing the prospective of individuals is a very good way to end the violence. If people see equality gender wise, they would not hate or discriminate.

35. Having a mandatory lecture for every class in every field/course is a good way to spread the word. These lectures should be in every college/university and even start from high schools. Exposing this problem from the start is a good way to prevent it and spread knowledge to the people who aren’t aware of this problem.

36. Also, if it is possible to have someone of influence speak on this matter, would be life changing. Having someone who is maybe famous or inspirational to the majority of the public can cause such a positive response from the public and cause publicity in the media, which leads to more coverage on the topic of ending gender based violence.

37. if there could be an event held on this topic that would involve everyone, where there could be games, social activities, food, professional speakers, artists, etc and many other things that can include people of all ages. Having a fun event is a great way to spread awareness and bring forth positive change.

38. I believe listening and taking notes on people who have been victims of GBV is critical. They are people who already experienced so much hate/violence and can shed so much light on their own needs/ way to prevent and ways to support others.

39. Workplaces should provide workshops to engage employees so they understand what it is and how to get assistance if required. Promote it.

40. Educate our kids in the school system. Start in elementary school with what respectful relationships look like. As kids are developing relationships, continue with education in school. Address what gender-based violence is and what to do if they experience it.

41. Increase funding to shelters so that victims have a safe place to go.

42. Have more awareness training in the community for frontline staff

43. People don’t know what is gender-violence, provide sessions or training around that topic for all age groups

44. More workshops and information sessions for frontline workers

45. Creating visual campaigns to address the issue, with videos and pictures, words do not capture what pictures can address

46. Educational workshops for non-profit organizations and frontline workers is a must, everyone in our sector at least should be aware

47. Running ads on TV and YouTube that address the issue so people become more aware

48. Addressing the needs of child survivors, including interventions to disrupt the gender-based violence cycle.

49. Developing guidance for building systems to eliminate gender-based violence.

50. Funding women’s full participation in civil society. Women who are active in civil society can be highly effective in influencing global, regional and national treaties, agreements and laws and in exerting pressure to ensure their implementation. More money needs to flow toward supporting women’s active participation in civil society.

51. Create laws and enforce existing laws that protect women from discrimination and violence, including rape, beatings, verbal abuse, mutilation, torture, “honor” killings and trafficking.

52. Educate community members on their responsibilities under international and national human rights laws.

53. Promote the peaceful resolution of disputes by including the perspectives of women and girls.

54. Strengthen women’s ability to earn money and support their households by providing skills training for women.

55. Sensitize the public to the disadvantages of early and forced child marriages.

56. Highlight the value of girls’ education and of women’s participation in economic development.

57. A universal basic income (UBI) maybe a way to address stress and anxiety in many households

58. Starting the conversation with young children. Making sure that they get positive messaging about gender-based violence

59. Working with youth at a early age and educating them on respectful relationships and gender equality

60. Trainings for frontline staff to challenge their biases and prejudices so that they can better serve their clients who maybe experiencing gender-based violence

61. Translate information in difference languages, top 5 languages at least.

62. Start from home with daughters and songs that VAW is wrong

63. Education on rights and empowering

64. Gender segregation begins at home, so parents need to be educated and informed about this topic. This can happen in schools and also include in newcomer serving organizations

65. Promote education on women’s rights, make available information (telephone #’s and email addresses) on resources/ support programs for women

66. Dismantle capitalism

67. Education provided in schools discouraging all family violence, family violence is where gender violence frequently starts.

68. The roots of peace and love starts at home

69. Focus on perpetrators of violence; find patterns (biological, psychological, social, cultural) that might explain how a person becomes an abuser. Can we prevent these behaviors before it happens?

70. Encouraging “Speaking up” and  communicating assertively

71. Tell people “It is ok to call 91”

72. Tell clients “Your status in Canada has nothing to do with reporting gender-based violence”

73. Apply for Funding that supports women’s full economic participation in labor force.

74. Introduce deep-down review and change of legislation and policies

75. Promote education campaigns starting at early ages (grade 1)

76. I will provide information and referral to any victim of gender based violence. Connect her to resources. As settlement work I am providing workshop to newcomer women about domestic violence.

77.  Conducting workshops on this topic to the general public and raising awareness

78. It all begins in the mind. One suggestion is to make sure that the spouse has the right mindset towards their own spouse. To teach them to value and love them. To look for the good in them. To be forgiving. But, most of all, to teach them to treasure their spouse

79. Engage training seminars to teach spouses how to do this. The way to overcome ideas or mindsets is with other ideas and mindsets.

80. Just don’t go near them if you know that or report or get help with community councilor near you

 

 

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