Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Gender-Based Violence

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Memorial Deadline: Monday 29th, August 2022

External Deadline: Thursday 1st, September 2022


SSHRC and Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) have launched this Knowledge Synthesis Grants competition to mobilize social sciences and humanities research to examine and synthesize existing knowledge on gender-based violence (GBV). Grant holders will identify research gaps and opportunities and their work will inform and guide policy-makers and service providers contributing to ensuring a violence-free Canadian society.

Everyone has the right to live free from violence. However, many Canadians across the country continue to face violence every day because of their gender, gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender. GBV is a violation of human rights.

While violence affects all people, some people are more at risk of experiencing violence because of various forms of oppression, such as sexism, racism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism. Certain populations are more likely to experience GBV, or face increased barriers in accessing justice and services. Women overall tend to experience these barriers, but specifically young women and girls; Indigenous women and girls; 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals; women living in northern, rural and remote communities; newcomer women to Canada; and women living with disabilities. The intersection of various forms of oppression may increase a person’s risk and vulnerability to violence.

The negative effects of GBV reach far beyond the individuals who directly experience them. Violence can have long-lasting and negative health, social and economic effects that span generations, which can lead to cycles of violence and abuse within families and sometimes whole communities. GBV holds us all back. GBV is not limited to physical violence and can include any word, action or attempt to degrade, control, humiliate, intimidate, coerce, deprive, threaten or harm another person. GBV can ultimately lead to femicide. GBV can take many forms including cyber, physical, sexual, societal, psychological, emotional and economic violence. Neglect, discrimination and harassment can also be forms of GBV.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, emerging scientific data and reports have suggested that some forms of GBV have intensified, triggered by the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. What many have called a “shadow pandemic” has taken a particular toll on women, girls and gender-diverse individuals, especially those in more precarious situations. Risk factors associated with GBV have been exacerbated during the pandemic, including job losses and reduced income, food insecurity, mental health issues (including increased stress), and disruption of family routines, services and resources.

Building Better Lives Across the Gender Spectrum is one of 16 future challenge areas identified through SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. These complex issues, identified in 2018 after an extensive foresight exercise, reflect key challenges that Canada is likely to face in an evolving global context over the coming decades. All of the challenges cross multiple sectors and research disciplines, and require broad collaboration to address.

With the launch of this funding opportunity, SSHRC and WAGE aim to foster a deeper understanding of the state of knowledge on GBV in Canada, the efficacy of services addressing and preventing GBV, and the impact of GBV on different populations. The resulting syntheses will identify roles that the academic, public, private, and not-for-profit sectors can play in preventing GBV and improving the availability and efficacy of justice and services for victims and survivors of GBV.

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Funding Sources

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: June 29, 2022