Advisory committee on gender-based violence develops national framework

January 18, 2019

The Government of Canada’s new Advisory Committee on the Framework to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions has held its inaugural meeting and begun developing a national framework. “We’ve been asked to come in and fill in gaps where they exist, and enhance and scale up best practices where they’re occurring,” said federal Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef, adding that the advisory committee will also discuss the measures to ensure that the framework is implemented. “None of the (provincial) legislation has actual robust oversight mechanisms outlined,” said Connor Spencer, the National Chair of Students for Consent Culture Canada. “Federal oversight is an important step in changing the culture that exists on these campuses.” The committee includes representatives from student associations, postsecondary institutions, Indigenous communities, sexual assault centres, and other organizations. The Star |Canada (National)