Working Together: Engaging communities to end violence against women and girls

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Theme: Preventing and reducing the trafficking of women and girls through community planning

Project Goal

To enhance opportunities for communities to take action that prevents and reduces the incidence of trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation, including addressing its root causes.

Project Objective

To support women and community partners in working together to develop and implement a community action plan that addresses the issue of trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation, including its root causes.

Description

This project will address the range of institutional barriers and other factors that limit community efforts to deal with the issue of trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation, including addressing its root causes. Organizations will work to build partnerships and collaboration between community stakeholders to identify and respond to the specific needs of women and girls who are at risk or are victims of trafficking. Projects will pilot the Local Safety Audit Guide to Prevent Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitation in different settings across Canada. Using the Guide, projects will conduct a local safety audit, and develop and implement a community action plan.

Preference was given to organizations that have previous experience in working on the prevention of trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation.

Funding Available

Up to $200,000.

Timeframe

Up to 30 months.

Mandatory Key Activities

  1. Plan the project.
    • Engage and establish working partnerships with:
      • local women and girls; and
      • women's and other community organizations, community leaders, stakeholders and potential allies (e.g. municipal, regional and provincial governments, service providers, legal institutions and law enforcement agencies, etc.).
    • Carry out a needs assessment:
      • conduct a gender-based analysis of the specific needs of women and girls who are at risk or are victims of trafficking; and
      • conduct a safety audit using the Local Safety Audit Guide to Prevent Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitationto build a comprehensive picture of the current problem in your community as it relates to the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation, including the root causes of trafficking;
        • work with local women and girls to identify their priorities, viewpoints and potential strategies;
        • identify existing institutional mechanisms and supports, as well as gaps (e.g. policies, programs, services, models, strategies, frameworks, planning and decision-making processes, etc.); and
        • identify promising approaches to addressing this issue.

Note: Communities that already have a community plan for addressing violence against women and girls should work within that framework to ensure the issue of trafficking of women and girls is integrated into it. They should also submit a proposal for a period no longer than 24 months.

  1. b. Develop a community action plan to:
    • collectively identify gaps, priorities, opportunities, valuable resources and supports, and potential strategies; and
    • collaborate to ensure tangible results for women and girls, and a coordinated community response to addressing trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation, including the root causes of trafficking.
  2. c. Implement the community action plan:
    • work with women, planning partners and community members to ensure effective implementation of the plan; and
    • focus on a priority component of the plan (see examples in the Local Safety Audit Guide.
  3. d. Evaluate the project.

Planned Results

  • A community action plan has been implemented to prevent the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation.
  • Stakeholders can identify the factors contributing to the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation.
  • Community partners and stakeholders collaborate to identify gaps, priorities and opportunities, and to implement effective mechanisms, supports, strategies and/or solutions.
  • Stakeholders have taken specific actions that work toward eliminating the problem of trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation.

Project Deliverables (after approval)

Month 4

Detailed work plan that must adhere, to the extent possible, to the Local Safety Audit Guide to Prevent Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitation, detailed budget, results framework and performance measurement plan, risk management plan, and list of project partners.

Month 12

Interim report and Local Safety Audit report (including an annex that documents the consultation process and findings), community action plan other project documents, as required.

Month 24

Final report and evaluation (evaluation requirements and timelines will be made available after the proposed project has been approved).

Performance reporting requirements and timelines will be determined after the proposed project has been approved. Depending on the nature of the proposed project, additional requirements may apply.

Note:

  • As the community action plan should form part of local government's crime prevention strategy/policy, it will require input and support from key stakeholders at all stages. A letter of support from your local government indicating its participation and support of the project is required.
  • A minimum of two reference letters that describe your organization's expertise, and demonstrate your organization's capacity to successfully complete a project that works to eliminate the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation and ensure the safety of women and girls, are required.
  • General awareness-raising and/or prevention campaigns should not be the only or primary focus of proposed project.
  • Approved applications are required to use and pilot the Local Safety Audit Guide to Prevent Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitation in the planning and implementation of their projects in their communities.