VOICE is an acronym for ‘Valuable Opportunities to Inspire Change through Empowerment’ and was born from a consultative process with the athletes and community members it serves. 

Who Is Impacted

Canadians pay a steep price for gender-based violence. It is reported that in Canada, 1 woman is killed every six days by her intimate partner. Canadians spend an whopping $7.4 billion every year to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone.

Who is impacted by gender based violence

  • Women and girls see a large proportion of gender-based violence
  • Men also experience violence but face difficulty in accessing support
  • Non-binary individuals experience a great deal of difficulty in getting acceptance because their existence is outside of the gender binary.
  • Indigenous women and POC face higher rates of gender based discrimination

Gender Based Violence: It's Everyone's Problem

25% of women will experience a sexual assault during their university years. Everyone can play a role in helping  eradicate gender-based violence in our communities. The process starts when we commit ourselves to become part of the solution before it becomes a violent problem. 

Here are some of the ways VOICE will help empower others to end gender-based violence:

  • Raise awareness around issues of gender-based violence
  • Equip athletes and community leaders to take leadership roles in addressing gender-based violence
  • Mobilize coaches and provide them with  holistic programming to build better culture 
  • Meet young men and boys where they live, play and spend time together
  • Work alongside and in coordination with partners and community service providers to end gender-based violence