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Newcomer Girls In Canada

Engaging newcomer girls and multiple stakeholders in violence prevention

Newcomer girls and young women face unique challenges related to preventing and dealing with violence. Together with innovative community partners that work with and for newcomer girls, Girls Action has created this national project to equip stakeholders and newcomer girls to reduce and respond to violence. The project is built on a foundation of promising practices that support newcomer girls while at the same time avoid reinforcing a “victim” role for them. These practices include creating a safe space facilitated by mentors who share similar backgrounds as the girls, and engaging girls in youth-led actions that build their sense of positive power. 

 

The project has four components:

National Working Group

Learning Labs

Program Tools

Stakeholder Training Workshops 

National Working Group

A National Working Group of women from 10 organizations from different provinces who have expertise in violence prevention for newcomer girls guide the project, identify priority issues and violence prevention practices, contribute content to new tools, disseminate tools in their respective regions, inform program evaluation design, and co-deliver the training workshops and multi-stakeholder event. 

Learning Labs Across Canada

The goal of the Learning Lab activities is to test, document and put into action successful practices for preventing and reducing violence experienced by newcomer girls. Two types of learning labs are being implemented, through collaboration with Girls Action’s network members across Canada: violence prevention workshop series and intergenerational mentorship events. These activities test promising approaches and surface knowledge about violence prevention in newcomer girls’ lives.

Program Tools

New tools are being developed in order to better equip stakeholders to prevent violence against newcomer girls and implement effective programs. These tools include a research backgrounder, a guide to delivering violence prevention initiatives engaging newcomer girls, and online tools to evaluate programs.

Stakeholder Training Workshops

Skills training and knowledge-building workshops that engage stakeholder groups – including newcomer settlement service providers, community organizations, and policy actors – in order to equip them to make their programs and policies more responsive to the specific needs of newcomer girls will be offered.

For more information, you can contact Naïké Ledan, National Programs Coordinator, at naike@girlsactionfoundation.ca To stay up to date on this project and others, subscribe to our newslettter