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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada sees gender equality as not only a human rights issue, but also an essential component of sustainable development, social justice, peace, and security. Canada's foreign policy priorities include the elimination of violence against women, the full and equal participation of women in decision-making, and the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in all policies, programs, legislation and initiatives. Canada pursues these priorities in multilateral institutions such as the OAS, in bilateral discussions with individual countries, and through development assistance delivered by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Canada's work internationally complements efforts at the domestic level. Status of Women Canada is the federal government agency responsible for promoting gender equality and the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada and plays a lead capacity building role in the Government of Canada’s gender mainstreaming activities.
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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada supports strengthening institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women’s equality, primarily through gender mainstreaming, an approach that incorporates gender considerations into the development of policies, programs, legislation and initiatives, as well as resource allocation across government. The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening the use of gender-based analysis as a key tool to develop policy and inform funding decisions. Achieving concrete results using gender-based analysis is a shared responsibility between Status of Women Canada and federal departments and agencies.

In 2009, Status of Women Canada in collaboration with the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office, developed the the Gender-Based Analysis Action Plan. Under the Action Plan, departments and agencies are asked to identify gender impacts when developing policies, programs and legislation; implement specific organizational elements of a gender-based analysis framework; assess the performance and effectiveness of gender-based analysis on a yearly basis using instruments devleoped by Status of Women Canada; and report findings through current accountability mechanisms.

At the international level, the Canadian International Development Agency supports initiatives to prevent violence against women. Examples of initiatives in the Americas include:

• A fund in Haiti that has supported the establishment of more than 30 shelters providing social, medical and legal assistance to women and children who are victims of violence;
• Funding for non-governmental organizations promoting legal reforms, which contributed to the adoption of new laws to counter violence against women in Haiti and Surinam.
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Related Resources
Action Plan on Gender-based Analysis
Equality Between Women and Men
Grants and Contributions Awarded by Status of Women Canada
Status of Women Canada