Category: Violence Against Women

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

27 Apr

Strong Policies on Women’s Safety are Good for Business

Advocacy, Violence Against Women by YWCA Toronto

Does your local bar have a Tinder policy? Tell the owner about Brickyard Bar in St. Albans, United Kingdom. This bar encourages women to alert bar staff if their dates make them feel unsafe or if they receive unwanted attention from other customers. The sign posted in the women’s washroom reads ‘Your safety and happiness is […]

25 Nov

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Commit to a plan to End Violence Now

I survived a vicious assault that was life threatening on May 2, 2014. As I struggled to recover, care for my two children and re-build my life, I learned that there were very few resources available to help. There was limited trauma informed counselling support, I could not access affordable housing and the social assistance […]

01 Oct

Why Canada Needs A Plan To End Violence Now

I survived a vicious assault that was life threatening on May 2, 2014. As I struggled to recover, care for my two children and re-build my life, I learned that there were very few resources available to help. There was limited trauma informed counselling support, I could not access affordable housing and the social assistance […]