Press release: launch of a survey on women and profiling
Press release for immediate distribution
Montreal - August 7, 2022 - Since February 2022, the Table des groupes de femmes de Montréal (TGFM) has been developing a new project to study the relationship between women and police and private security forces. This project is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WGGC).
Testimonies from TGFM member groups on sometimes problematic relationships with police forces and the importance for our organization to take a stand on certain current political demands gave rise to this project. In addition, TGFM found that many research studies and reports addressed the relationship between police officers, private security and women without necessarily incorporating a gender-based or intersectional approach.
"I am proud to support this project, which will help develop concrete solutions to combat discrimination against women. The Table will work with various Montreal partners and organizations to develop concrete actions. It is through collaboration that we build a more progressive Canada. -The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Youth
To carry out this project, a steering committee was formed. This committee is composed of TGFM member organizations such as Maison Passages, Institut F and Femmes du monde Côte-des-Neiges as well as allied community groups such as the Ligue des droits et libertés, Hoodstock and the Réseau d'aide aux personnes seules et itinérantes de Montréal (RAPSIM).
During the first year of the project, the committee's work will focus on collecting data through an online survey and focus groups. The survey will be officially launched on September 8 at 12:00 pm online. TGFM member organizations have been invited to sign up via email.
At this event, a member of the TGFM team and members of the steering committee will speak about the approach and methodology for data collection and their reasons for engaging in this project. There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion with participants.
TGFM and its members hope that the official launch will allow for the dissemination of the survey in the community in order to gather a large number of responses from women living on the Island of Montreal/Tio'tia:ke.
In the second year of the project, the TGFM will analyze the data obtained in order to develop concrete actions or to support those already in place. This work will also be done in partnership with the participation of member and allied organizations.
The Table des groupes de femmes de Montréal is a regional group incorporated in March 1996. Its mission is to promote and defend the interests of women from a feminist perspective of gender equality. It intervenes in the spheres of social, political, economic and cultural life likely to influence the living conditions of Montreal women.
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