Tag: violence

01 Oct

Bill C-585 Could Harm Some of Canada’s Most Vulnerable Families

Advocacy by YWCA Toronto

On September 22, 2014, YWCA Toronto CEO Heather McGregor sent the following letter to all MPs to express our concern about Bill C-585, which would limit refugee claimants’ access to social assistance. Dear Member of Parliament, I am writing on behalf of YWCA Toronto to express our grave concern about Bill C-585, introduced as a […]

05 Sep

Going the Distance for Women and Girls with the B&O Yorkville Run

Events, Philanthropy by YWCA Toronto

In 2015, the Bang & Olufsen Yorkville Run raised $115,000 to support YWCA Toronto shelters. YWCA Toronto board member Alice Longhurst reflects on her experience as a multi-year B&O Yorkville Run participant and a long-time supporter of YWCA Toronto.  On September 11, 2016, donors and supporters will be lacing up to run for YWCA Toronto at […]

18 Jun

Challenges Faced by Female Refugees in Canada

By Frances Cumberland & Tracy Chow 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 doors has […]

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 […]

23 May

34th Annual YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards

Last night, YWCA Toronto hosted our 34th annual Women of Distinction Awards at the historic and elegant Carlu in downtown Toronto. The evening was a resounding success: inspiring women, charming host Anne-Marie Mediwake, a beautiful venue, delicious food, a silent auction, and fantastic live performances by Megan De Lima, graduate of The Honey Jam. None […]

26 Mar

YWCA Toronto Elm Centre helps tenant say “F-You” to violence and grief

Health, Violence Against Women by YWCA Toronto

YWCA Toronto Elm Centre tenant Tara Muldoon talks to MTV Canada about her non-profit organization YWCA Toronto Elm Centre tenant Tara Muldoon is giving a big F-You to the world. That is, she’s sharing her non-profit organization, F-You: The Forgiveness Project, with the world. The F-You Project is a monthly speaker series that asks one […]

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 […]

02 Dec

Twelve names, twelve stories

by Attiya Khan, Registrar, YWCA Toronto’s December 6th Fund In late November every year, I email Constable Wendy Drummond at Toronto Police Service to ask for the names of women who have been murdered in Toronto. As the registrar for YWCA Toronto’s December 6th Fund, which provides interest-free loans to help women flee abuse, every […]

22 Nov

Shoes tell a story

Events by YWCA Toronto

By Lise Schofield, YWCA Toronto Manager of Marketing and Communications YWCA Toronto’s recent Celebration of Philanthropy featured award-winning novelist Katherine Govier’s The Shoe Project, in which moving and humorous spoken stories about shoes were presented to a captivated audience. The Shoe Project, (supported by the Bata Shoe Museum and The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation), […]