Category: Advocacy

04 Oct

The Erasure Of Indigenous Women From Toronto’s Election Scares Me

Before the summer’s end, I visited two friends, two Indigenous women who are also lawyers like me. We met up near Davenport Road. We chatted over dessert and drinks. Eventually we decided to leave, and I ordered a car sharing service. It arrived with another man inside but I had not ordered a carpool. I […]

25 Sep

Do not leave out women’s experiences on social assistance

Advocacy, Poverty by YWCA Toronto

September 25, 2018 What does being on social assistance look like for women? This question is often left out of public discussions, even though women in Ontario have higher poverty rates than the general Ontario population. And, 37% of single-women led families in Toronto live in poverty. YWCA Toronto’s position on social assistance reform is […]

19 Sep

Gun control is a women’s issue too

Advocacy, Violence Against Women by YWCA Toronto

This op-ed was originally published in the Toronto Star. Read it here.  The presence of a firearm in the household greatly increases the risk of death in cases of domestic violence. This is a well-researched fact that every Canadian should know. Indeed, this fact is the reason why YWCA Toronto has been part of the […]

01 Jun

Now is the Time to Vote

This election is an opportunity to urge all parties to stand up for Ontario’s women and girls, and put gender equity front and centre. June 01, 2018. I first heard about YWCA from my mother. At the time, we were living in Toronto and she had no idea there were local associations in Canada. Her […]

29 May

Why Voting is Important

Every time there is an election I cannot help but stop and feel grateful for those who fought for my right to vote, and the upcoming provincial election has not been an exception. On June 7th, Ontarians will head to the polls for the provincial election, and I am so grateful that I will be […]

17 May

Show Up for Social Justice: Vote this Election

  Margaret Hancock became the first woman appointed Warden of Hart House at the University of Toronto in 1997. On May 24, she will receive the 2018 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award. In an interview with YWCA Toronto, she reflects on the importance of social justice and why voting matters this election. Social justice […]

14 May

Why Girls’ Spaces Are Critical

By Toyo Ajibolade “Girls as young as seven are becoming more self-conscious, losing confidence, and giving up sport as a result” – Huffington Post UK I’ve seen and read plenty of similar articles over the past few years and each time, the ages of the girls are getting younger. These articles and reports are written […]

08 May

We Need Universal Child Care Now

It takes a village to raise a child, yet in 2018 very few of us live in villages in Ontario. As a result, child care is an essential service for families with young children. There is no question that Ontario needs a universal, affordable, and high quality child care system. As a soon-to-be working mom, […]

09 Apr

Equal Pay Day is a Feminist Call to Action

Advocacy, Equal Pay, Poverty by YWCA Toronto

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch was a reminder that while we can shoot a car into space, we are unable to solve persistent social problems such as pay equity. What a time to be alive! Equal Pay Day, marked this year on April 10, draws attention to what has always been one of the most glaring […]

28 Feb

Why I March

Advocacy by YWCA Toronto

I attended the 2017 Women’s March last year. I was excited to attend and sent a text to my friends inviting them to come along. My group of friends is close-knit and generally supportive. We do not miss birthdays and the whole group attends whenever one of our bands plays a show. When I invited […]