Category: Advocacy

18 Apr

Know Your History on Pay Equity

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 […]

05 Apr

How YWCA Toronto Helps Newcomer Women

Advocacy, Employment & Training 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 […]

16 Feb

Why I March

Advocacy, Uncategorized 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 […]

07 Feb

Celebrating Black Women of Distinction

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 […]

31 Jan

Stronger Together: Ten Ways To Make Your Voice Heard

Advocacy, Uncategorized 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 […]

24 Jan

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

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 […]

12 Jan

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

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 […]

24 Oct

A Place To Call Home

Advocacy, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

We all need a place to call home. At the very least, we need a place to feel safe, rest and recharge, raise families, grow old.  What we may call home could be made of brick, stone, mud, cardboard, tinfoil or a windblown UN tent in a refugee journey somewhere.  Lives and experiences could not […]

18 Oct

From Homelessness to Affordable Housing Advocate

Advocacy, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

Elisheva Passarello is a social justice advocate, photographer, designer, and entrepreneur in Toronto, Ontario. On October 12, 2012, I was evicted from my apartment and for the very first time in my life I became homeless. That night, there were no beds available anywhere in Toronto so I was forced to sleep on the street. At five o’clock in the morning, I found a […]

05 Oct

Housing Plan Can Help End Hidden Crisis Of Women’s Homelessness

Advocacy, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

I have an unshakeable belief in the resiliency and strength of women. With twenty years under my belt working in the social services sector, this belief keeps me going. From Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to Toronto’s core – I have worked with women of all races, ages, identities and faiths. I have worked with women coping with […]