Category: Girls

14 Jul

Imagine a National Child Care Strategy

There are 16,802 children in Toronto currently on the waiting list for affordable child care. Many of their mothers make weekly phone calls, crossing their fingers and hoping that a space has finally opened up for their child. With their children in a secure and safe child care centre, women can get back to work, […]

08 Oct

Girls’ Council Yearbook Reflections

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The YWCA Toronto Girls’ Council plays a key role in planning the programs, events and activities offered at the YWCA Toronto Girls’ Centre in south Scarborough. The Centre provides girls and young women with a safe and fun girls-only space to develop leadership skills and try new things. As another year of Girls’ Centre programming commences, […]

09 Jul

Girls Supporting Girls at YWCA Toronto

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Guest post by Jessie Guo Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a tour and information session at the YWCA Toronto Girls’ Centre. I hadn’t known about the Girls’ Centre before the session, but I immediately understood the need for it. Every day the news is filled with stories about the pressures and […]

02 Jul

Megaphones to Megabytes: The Evolution of Feminism

As a feminist organization, we are often asked what feminism means right now, in the real world. Many of the issues that took our tenacious, demonstrating sisters of the ’70s and ’80s to the streets remain obstinately the same, but how we make ourselves heard has gone from megaphones to megabytes. Today’s young feminists don’t have […]

18 Jun

Challenges Faced by Female Refugees in Canada

By Frances Cumberland & Tracy Chow, JUMP Etobicoke We work as Settlement and Employment Counsellors at the YWCA Toronto JUMP settlement support program in Etobicoke. Every day we work with newcomer women from all over the world who are permanent residents, convention refugees and live-in caregivers with work permits. Every woman who walks through our […]

04 Jun

Open letter to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper

Last week, YWCA Toronto and other Canadian women’s organizations sent a letter urging our federal government to support efforts to bring home Nigeria’s kidnapped school girls, and to develop a national strategy to address rampant violence against women in Canada and around the world. Read the letter below. May 29, 2014 Right Honourable Stephen Harper […]

02 Apr

3 Reasons Your Daughter Belongs at YWCA’s Camp Tapawingo

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So, you are thinking about sending your daughter to camp this summer? Whether your daughter is a seasoned camper or experiencing overnight camp for the first time, all parents want to ensure their daughter is attending a camp that’s right for her interests and goals. To help you make up your mind, here are just […]

07 Mar

Revealing the roots of cyber-violence

On March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day. As more and more girls grow up online, it’s important to explore the ways that technology can be a tool used for violence – or empowerment. This International Women’s Day, we look at how the same old gender stereotypes can manifest in online communication, and what girls […]

27 Feb

Tech Talk with Symantec

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR GIRLS’ COUNCIL, special thanks to Jeenan Kaiser and Kulsoom Jafri Let’s be honest here, have you ever gone even a single day without taking a picture of your Friday dinner or updating your followers on that cool toothbrush you just bought? Certainly, our world is heavily influenced by technology; many of […]

21 Aug

Our Girls’ Council girls learn, then pass it on!

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Technology can be an extraordinary tool for empowerment. That’s why the YWCA Toronto Girls’ Council leadership program hosted “Maker Parties” run by Mozilla’s Hive Toronto network. As makers-in-training, they learned how to use Mozilla’s free suite of web-making tools to create their own websites and videos. They also learned the freedom and confidence that comes […]