25 August 2017

In a recent opinion piece for Policy Options, 2017 scholar Vathsala Illesinghe examined the Canadian government’s new strategy to address gender-based violence. The strategy constitutes a $100.9 million commitment over five years, as well as a $20.7 million per year investment ongoing, and takes a “whole-of-government approach.”

However, with most of the money to support data collection, research, and programming and with so little investment in immigrant and refugee issues, Illesinghe wonders whether it may help the groups that are most vulnerable to gender-based violence. She believes that agencies working on domestic violence prevention and on assisting in newcomer settlement and employment should have been given more support. According to her, these programs have the potential to prevent gender-based violence or empower women to leave situations that are unsafe for them.

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Vathsala Illesinghe

Vathsala Illesinghe (policy studies, Ryerson University) is analyzing the migration trajectory of people who have moved from Sri Lanka to Canada to determine how immigration policies affect immigrant and refugee women’s vulnerability to violence.

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