Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2017-2022 - Public Safety Canada - Progress report for fiscal year 2017/2018

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Public Safety Canada and its various portfolio agencies are playing an important role in advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda over the span of Canada’s National Action Plan (the Action Plan) on WPS 2017-2022. In leading Canada’s domestic response to addressing radicalization to violence, the department coordinates and develops policy expertise, mobilizes community outreach, and enhances research in countering radicalization to violence (CRV) through the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Centre). In addition, Public Safety Canada’s Serious and Organized Crime Division leads the Government of Canada’s effort to combat human trafficking domestically, including by supporting Canada’s G7 commitments in this area. The Correctional Service of Canada, an agency within the Public Safety portfolio, is the federal agency responsible for administering sentences of two years or more, along with supervising offenders under conditional release, as well as capacity-building activities in international correctional services.

Countering radicalization to violence

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Results and Progress:

For community consultations on a national strategy, the Canada Centre developed and executed a stakeholder engagement plan featuring guiding principles of inclusion and collaboration that emphasized engagement with women’s and other identity-based groups, non-governmental organizations and community leaders. More generally, questions about gender and diversity featured in a public online consultation, which closed May 3, 2018, as well as in the dialogue with a wide range of other community-serving agencies and organizations that participated in the consultations. More than 100 meetings with over 275 organizations were held. They included meetings with other levels of government, youth groups, community organizations and leaders, law-enforcement officials, academics, religious groups, and education sectors. Initial findings from these consultations have been posted, and the complete results of the online consultation will be released in the coming months.

For the 2018 G7 Security Ministers’ meeting, all concept papers and discussion papers prepared by Public Safety incorporated gender analysis and considerations, while the G7 Security Ministers’ final outcomes included advice solicited from the Prime Minister’s Gender Equality Advisory Council. Through such activities, the Canada Centre contributed to Canada’s G7 leadership by advancing the international discussion on how to integrate considerations relating to women and girls and other gender-related issues into CRV and counter-terrorism (CT) programming and policy. 

Current Community Resilience Fund-supported projects that incorporate considerations of gender and other features of diversity include initiatives to evaluate multi-agency approaches for cases of individuals at potentially high risk of criminality or harm; and projects building resources, training, and tools for CRV practitioners. Other projects integrate considerations related to women or gender, in the course of activities such as education and awareness raising, working with individuals at elevated risk, as well as better understanding processes of radicalization to violence. To date, 13 projects have been announced, with more to follow. While many are in early stages, in the coming year the Canada Centre will be gathering and analyzing data from the Community Resilience Fund projects through performance measurement, which will include Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+).

Human trafficking

Completed Activities:

Results and Progress: Budget 2018 announced $14.51 million over five years and $2.89 million per year ongoing to implement a national human trafficking hotline that will allow victims to easily access the help they need. The 2012-2016 National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking underwent a formal horizontal evaluation, the findings of which were published in December 2017. The evaluation recommendations called for improving capacity to collect national data on human trafficking; implementing a mechanism to connect victims with access to dedicated services; and forging closer partnerships with other levels of government, Indigenous communities, civil society, the private sector, and bilateral and multilateral partners.  The evaluation will help inform the Government of Canada’s way forward in countering human trafficking. Public Safety Canada is also holding a national consultative process on human trafficking in September 2018 to gather stakeholder views on existing challenges and gaps in the federal response to trafficking in persons, as well as international best practices, with a view to inform the new Government of Canada national strategy to counter human trafficking.

Correctional service of canada

Completed Activities:

Results and Progress:

  • 4 Canadian facilitators assisted with Pre-Deployment training in FY 2017/18. 50% of the facilitators were women.
  • From FY 2016/17 to 2017/18, CSC successfully delivered two Effective Practices for Gender-Responsive Treatment of Women Prisoners training. The first was delivered in Liberia (2016) and the second in Nairobi (2017). Facilitators for both training consisted of one male and one female facilitator; thus maintaining a gender-neutral cadre of facilitators. The participant evaluations received from the training were overwhelmingly positive. Those trained are exploring delivery opportunities within their own services/domains.
  • CSC currently has plans to deliver the training to Haiti, Central African Republic and Namibia during FY 2018/19.
 
 
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