Category: Advocacy

12 Dec

We Won’t Keep Quiet On Gender-Based Violence

Advocacy, Violence Against Women by YWCA Toronto

[The following text is adapted from a speech at YWCA Toronto’s December 6 Vigil on the National Day of Action on Violence Against Women, 2017] When Dela asked if I would share a few words, it did not take much convincing for me to say ‘absolutely’. However, the truth is, I have been struggling to […]

28 Nov

120 YWCA Leaders, 338 Politicians, One Clear Ask

Advocacy, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

It was a day for the YWCA history books. In November, 120 YWCA leaders from coast-to-coast-to-coast participated in the movement’s first-ever advocacy day on Parliament Hill. In meetings with Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and Senators, we called for a gender lens on the National Housing Strategy that includes a minimum of 25% of funds […]

11 Oct

Two Young Leaders That Give Us Hope

Advocacy, Girls, Infographics by YWCA Toronto

Meet Kulsoom and Renolla. They are bright, dedicated and ready to take on the world. Kulsoom is currently studying Human Biology at the University of Toronto – Scarborough and was a YWCA Toronto Girls’ Centre participant for 11 years. She was co-chair of the Girls’ Council and is now an alumna of the Centre.  This […]

17 Jul

A $15 Minimum Wage Is A Feminist Issue

Chances are you know someone working part-time, from contract to contract, or in a low-wage job — and research shows that person is most likely a woman. Across Canada, women account for 70 per cent of part-time employees and 60 per cent of minimum-wage earners. There is a lot at stake for women — and gender […]

26 Jun

“Be Tenacious For Social Justice”: Heather McGregor’s powerful convocation address

Advocacy by YWCA Toronto

It has been a banner year for YWCA Toronto CEO Heather McGregor. In June, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Ryerson University in recognition of her over 20 years of leadership at YWCA Toronto. Heather’s skill in growing and expanding YWCA programs has improved the lives of women and girls all across our city. […]

13 Jun

Celebrating Indigenous Women of Distinction

Advocacy, Violence Against Women by YWCA Toronto

Join us in celebrating the achievements and strength of Indigenous women who have received YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction Award. This annual award is given to leaders for their unwavering dedication to improving the lives of women and girls in Toronto and around the globe. June 21 is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. Each year, […]

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 […]