National GBVP Strategy Research

Made possible thanks to the support from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth launched a Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project (GBVP) through the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs. The project began in September 2017 with a focus on working with newcomer children, youth, and families to raise awareness about gender-based violence and how to access available resources within their community. The project also focuses on capacity building of service providers to engage, support and better understand how gender-based violence impacts newcomer communities. Programming developed through the GBVP focuses on building healthy relationships, strong families, and providing information about preventing gender-based violence. We invited youth to participate in a Forum Theatre Workshop (video above) that got them thinking and talking about, a variety of social issues including racism, sexism, and Islamophobia.  This recorded session is used as a tool in the project.

To view more resources on our Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project please click below:

Gender-Based Violence Prevention Manual

Video Facilitator Guide

Engaging Young Men in Gender-Based Violence Prevention

“ImPowered” Girls Conference Guide

At our YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs we host GBVP workshops, but we are also available to come to any organization or service provider to facilitate group workshops. If you or your organization are interested in a free workshop please contact Briana Miller


For more information about Gender-Based Violence Prevention and upcoming workshops please contact:

Kathryn Bates-Khan
Manager, Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project

Briana Miller
Coordinator, Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project

Iman Farhat
Facilitator, Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project