Webinar: Code of Conduct to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence, a Webinar for Small and Medium Organizations

Code Of Conduct To Prevent And Respond To Sexual Violence, A Webinar For Small And Medium Organizations


  • Present the requirements of Global Affairs Canada - Create a space for dialogue between the GAC and the small and medium sized organizations
  • Present a code of conduct outline
  • Support small and medium organizations in their institutional efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. 

In May 2018, Minister Bibeau wrote to all active Canadian partners emphasizing the importance of preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse, and outlined her expectations of partners. This letter, as well as other information on GAC’s approach, commitments and expectations, can be found on the PSEA website

One of these expectations, a Code of Conduct on SEA, has been included in all new financing contracts since November 2018. Effective September 1, 2019, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) will require all partner organizations to have a code of conduct that prevents and responds to sexual exploitation and abuse in order to be able to submit a complaint. request for financing. The Women and Development Committee (CQFD) of the Quebec Council of International cooperation organizations (AQOCI) and the Spur Change program wish to support small and medium-sized organizations to meet this requirement and strengthen their capacities in the prevention and support of victims of sexual violence in the international cooperation sector. 

In this webinar for small and medium organizations, Sherry Hornung, Deputy Director Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse at Global Affairs Canada, will explain the AMC requirements and will be available to answer your questions.

Anne Delorme will present a new tool developed by the CQFD of AQOCI: A canvas of code of
conduct. This framework can be adapted by small and medium organizations according to their
institutional context.

Click this link to register to the Webinar in English at 12:00PM MST on August 28
Click this link to register to the Webinar in French at 10:00AM (MST) on August 28

Other resources: AQOCI's CQFD has developed a series of fact sheets on sexual violence
designed to build the capacity of its members and support work on organizational policies and

Sheet 1 - Introduction to sexual violence
Sheet 2 - Prevention and reporting of sexual violence
Sheet 3: Training on sexual violence
Organizational Checklist for the Prevention of Sexual Violence

See here the June Webinar (in French)

You can also find additional information on this web page of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

Resources people:

Anne Delorme (Program Officer for Women's Rights and Gender Equality at AQOCI) has nearly
twenty years of career in international development, within the United Nations Development
Program (UNDP), the Research Center for the International Development Corporation (IDRC), as
well as several Canadian and international NGOs. She holds an MBA from McGill University and
specializes in gender equality, economic development and private sector development. She is
currently the Program Officer for Women's Rights and Gender Equality at AQOCI as well as the
Coordinator of the Quebec Committee on Women and Development (CQFD) and the community
of practice “Genre en pratique”. She is a member of the coordinating committee and
representative of the Americas for the Francophone Gender Equality Network of the
International Organization of La Francophonie.
Sherry Hornung, Deputy Director Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse at Global Affairs
Canada, has worked in international development for over 20 years, mostly with the
Government of Canada, but also with an INGO. She has worked as a Gender Equality Specialist,
Senior Project Officer, Policy Advisor and Deputy Director at HQ and in the field, and with
geographic, multilateral and partnership branches. Currently, she is the Departmental Focal
Point for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.



The SPUR Change capacity-building program is part of a 5-year pilot initiative for Small and Medium Organizations for Impact and Innovation announced by the Minister of International Cooperation, in May 2017. The initiative consists of three windows:

  1. The Fund for Development Impact (up to $76 million) funds thematic programming by SMOs through calls for proposals led by Global Affairs Canada. A preliminary call for proposals was launched in November 2017. Twenty one organizations received funding. A second call for concept notes closed in July 2019.
  2. The Fund for Innovation and Transformation (up to $18 million) invests in innovative and effective solutions which have the potential to increase impact. The deadline for the first call for concepts was July 22, 2019. This window is managed by the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation on behalf of the Inter-Council Network of the Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN).
  3. The Spur Change program, which is managed by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) on behalf of the ICN.

Program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.