On December 6, the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJA) was launched. The Observatory will begin to bring a visible and national focus on social and state responses to femicide in Canada.
As part of its activities, the CFOJA will count and track cases of femicide across the country while documenting current and ongoing responses to the killing of women and girls. According to official statistics, on average, one woman or girl is killed every second day in Canada.
Responding to a call from the United Nations for States to better document femicide and responses to it, the CFOJA seeks to:
- Identify legislation, policies and practices in social and state responses to femicide that perpetuate and maintain social structures and gender inequalities that are conducive to, or help facilitate, the perpetration of femicide;
- Document social and state responses to femicide that may further increase the vulnerability and marginalization of some groups of girls and women due to varying social identities (e.g. indigeneity, race/ethnicity, culture, age, LGBTQ2, religion, disability, poverty, geography and so on);
- Identify and examine the stereotypes and biases that support the varying social and state responses documented;
- Facilitate the exchange of information, reliable data, and current knowledge that can advance legislative, policy and program change on issues related to the prevention of femicide in Canada at the local, regional, provincial/territorial, and/or national levels;
- Monitor emerging issues and trends as they relate to femicide and violence against women more generally;
- Provide user-friendly and reliable information, resources and research on femicide;
- Act as a knowledge broker for researchers, professionals, policy-makers, media and the public.
The CFOJA seeks to contribute to the prevention of femicide in Canada by collecting, producing, distributing and sharing research, knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, and strategies which can help reduce femicide and, in turn, improve the lives of girls and women in Canada. We do so because we envision a Canadian society where all women and girls are valued, respected and live free from violence.