Category: Advocacy

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 […]

27 Sep

National affordable housing plan urgently needed

Advocacy, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

It keeps me up at night that many women live their entire lives without a home that is safe and secure.  I think of the women and children trapped in violent situations or turned away from emergency shelters because they are full. I think of the women forced to live in shelters for years at […]

25 Jul

Why The Mandi Gray Sexual Assault Case Matters

Advocacy, Violence Against Women by YWCA Toronto

I am thankful to Mandi Gray. It takes immense bravery to report sexual assault and endure an 18-month trial. Especially when confronting a system that regularly fails women. For this reason, I cheered inside when I saw the front page of a Toronto newspaper’s story about the verdict. It read: “It does not matter if […]