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YWCA Toronto

YWCA Toronto promotes equality, economic security and lives free from violence.

YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls' programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy.
Look To Women's Shelters To Help Shape Mental Health

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.
01/24/2017 10:40 EST
From Homelessness To Affordable Housing

From Homelessness To Affordable Housing Advocate

We need access to safe, affordable housing now. The government must act. There is so much trauma and pain I could have avoided if I had only received the support I needed. I experienced homelessness for 1,346 days. I should have never been without a home.
10/17/2016 09:03 EDT
Why The Mandi Gray Sexual Assault Case

Why The Mandi Gray Sexual Assault Case Matters

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. We have a system that was built broken and does not support survivors of sexual assault.
07/25/2016 04:48 EDT
Canada Child Benefit A Game-Changer For Women And

Canada Child Benefit A Game-Changer For Women And Children

It is historic -- the benefit provides targeted support to low and moderate income families across Canada. According to the minister of families, children and social development, it is projected to slash child poverty rates in this country by a record 40 per cent.
06/30/2016 04:44 EDT
Does Your Local Bar Have A Tinder

Does Your Local Bar Have A Tinder Policy?

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 our highest priority." Not surprisingly, support for this policy has reverberated across the Atlantic.
04/27/2016 11:31 EDT