Tag: girls

23 Apr

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Women of Distinction by YWCA Toronto
Image by Audrey Lee

By Eleanor Moore and Diane Goudie Given the recent discussion around education and how to build resilience in students, we find ourselves looking again at the reasons we created an independent, feminist girls’ school 25 years ago. A fundamental question we asked 25 years ago: How do we make a feminist school? Little did we […]

09 Apr

Women in Tech: A Candid Conversation with Judy Huber

Judy Huber has had a multi-decade career in software engineering including two decades of global executive roles. She made history as the first Canadian woman software development executive at IBM Canada. Her most recent roles were Vice President World Wide Analytics IBM and the Executive Director of the IBM Canada Software Laboratory. Now retired, Judy […]

07 Apr

World Health Day: More than a lump sum to cover a few periods

Girls, Health by YWCA Toronto

By Jana Girdauskas Recently, the documentary short Period. End Of Sentence., won an Oscar. The movie highlights the stigma and shame surrounding menstruation in some areas of India. Here in Canada we experience a similar issue: the period is still a source of whispers and embarrassment, particularly for young women. The truth is, approximately 50% of […]

27 Dec

12 Feminist Resolutions for 2019

Advocacy by YWCA Toronto

Let’s make 2019 the most empowering year yet! This list was inspired by https://www.theodysseyonline.com/12-resolutions-feminist-new-year.   Art by Hana Shafi Stop Shame Art by Natalia Vico I will not be ashamed to do what my body and mind requires to stay healthy and happy. I will not feel shame when I ask for help. Asking for help is […]

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 […]

20 Aug

“Those are some nice pu**ies”: Street harassment is NOT flattering

Advocacy, Violence Against Women by YWCA Toronto

By YWCA Toronto volunteer Geneviève François-Kermode Street harassment: if you’re a woman, you’re probably well aware of it. In fact, you’ve probably experienced it more times than you can count. I know I have. Everything from the usual “Hey, beautiful” to men whistling at me from their cars, to the latest incident: a man in his […]

16 Jul

How Volunteering at the YWCA Toronto International Boutique Changed My Life

Philanthropy by YWCA Toronto

by Nicole Preston When I signed up to volunteer at the YWCA Toronto International Boutique a little over a year ago, I hoped it would give me an opportunity to brush up on my retail selling skills while contributing to a good cause, as well as have a bit of fun. So far it has […]

09 Jul

Girls Supporting Girls at YWCA Toronto

Girls by YWCA Toronto

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 […]