Inspired to Code

April 24, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

My name is Erum and I am a grade 12 student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute. My role at the YWCA Toronto Girls Centre is Media Relations Specialist on the Girls’ Council, which is an advisory committee made up of girls who are interested in advocating for gender equity. I have visited several tech […]

Know Your History on Pay Equity

April 18, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

April 11 is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. As women and allies stand together to demand economic justice, it is important to know the statistics: Indigenous women face a gender pay gap of 57 percent. For women with disabilities, the gap is 46 percent; for immigrant women, 39 percent; for racialized women, 32 percent. Women’s […]

How YWCA Toronto Helps Newcomer Women

April 05, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

As Toronto welcomes refugees, YWCA Toronto helps newcomer women make a strong start. We interviewed Beverly Justin, Coordinator of our Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, to gain insights into the program’s impact and the work that remains to support refugee resettlement, and build welcoming communities. What makes you passionate about your role […]

Never Forget That Reconciliation Involves All Of Us

March 21, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

My position at YWCA Toronto is unlike any other. I have taken a small plane in the middle of winter into the Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario to deliver training. While visiting Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation in northern British Columbia, a participant gifted me with an Eagle feather passed down from an Elder. That […]

Building a Stronger Future with the Skilled Trades

February 24, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

Amari Bailey knew she had to make a change. She felt stuck in a customer service job that brought her little satisfaction. “The job was stressful and emotionally draining,” said Amari. “It was never fun for me, it was always just a paycheque.” Despite everything she put into her work, Amari felt completely, utterly replaceable. […]

Why I March

February 16, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

As a queer, Caribbean-Canadian, Black woman, every day my personal is political. I advocate for understanding as an ally and for different perspectives to be shared. I speak up when I see injustice. And I march. I invite you to march with me as part of YWCA Toronto’s delegation at the International Women’s Day march […]

Celebrating Black Women of Distinction

February 07, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

To mark Black History Month, we are taking a look back at Black women who are amongst those honoured with YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction Award. This annual award is bestowed upon women who have demonstrated an iron-clad commitment to improving the lives of other girls, women and marginalized groups. It has been going strong […]

Stronger Together: Ten Ways To Make Your Voice Heard

January 31, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

YWCA Toronto condemns Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism. We offer our support and solidarity to the Muslim community, in Toronto and across Canada, during this challenging time. Never has there been such an important moment for us all to speak out and take action to counter Islamophobia and racism. We must also call on our elected representatives to […]

Look To Women’s Shelters To Help Shape Mental Health Conversations

January 24, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

Some of the most passionate mental health advocates work in women’s shelters. Women on the front-lines for addressing mental health needs. Women supporting other women to find safety, stability, and empowerment in their lives — in a way, sisterhood embodied. We need to hear their voices as Canada embarks on necessary (and overdue) conversations on […]

What Makes A City World-Class? Investment In Poverty Reduction

January 12, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

There is a lot at stake in this year’s city budget. YWCA Toronto supports new revenue tools to stop unacceptable service cuts, and we urge Council to make a substantial investment in Toronto’s poverty reduction strategy. This is critically important for women in our city, who have disproportionately higher poverty rates. The women we work […]