Do not leave out women’s experiences on social assistance

September 25, 2018 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 […]

Gun control is a women’s issue too

September 19, 2018 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 […]

Now is the Time to Vote

June 01, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

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 […]

Why Voting is Important

May 29, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

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 […]

Show Up for Social Justice: Vote this Election

May 17, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

  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 […]

Why Girls’ Spaces Are Critical

May 14, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

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 […]

We Need Universal Child Care Now

May 08, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

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, […]

Making Space at the Table

April 19, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

On a bright winter day last month, my husband and I joined YWCA Toronto and thousands of people marching in Toronto and around the world to support International Women’s Day 2018: #PressforProgress. Buoyed by the growing impact of movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, we all saw that the time is ripe to get more women […]

Equal Pay Day is a Feminist Call to Action

April 09, 2018 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 […]

Time to Park the Stigma of Skilled Trades Careers

April 03, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

It used to be that students or workers that missed entering academically driven career paths ended up in the skilled trades. This second choice often carried a subtle – and sometimes not so subtle – stigma of mediocracy and separated potential leaders from perpetual subordinates. It also separated men from women, as women were not […]