Enough is enough. That's the message the federal government has regarding gender-based violence in Canada as they pledge to allocate $50 million to help organizations fight it. 

In a press conference Friday, the government said the COVID-19 pandemic created "unprecedented" challenges for those experiencing gender-based violence in the country.

As a result, they have promised to provide funding where it counts.

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$50 million

to fight gender-based violence

According to the government, $10 million will go towards women’s shelters and sexual assault centres and an additional $10 million will support services related to gender-based violence to Indigenous people off-reserve.

In addition, up to $30 million will go towards other women’s organizations to support the delivery of GBV supports, to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

This brings the emergency money provided to these kinds of organizations to $100 million. 

“No Canadian should have to live in fear," Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair said. "Too many Canadians continue to be victims of sexual violence, domestic violence, online child exploitation, and human trafficking."

According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic has created more challenges for survivors and victims.

Because of this, the Government of Canada said they will continue to ensure everyone has access to the help they need.

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