The 2019 federal election will soon be upon us and we want all federal party leaders to tell Canadians what their positions are on women’s and gender equality issues. WomanACT is proud to be a part of the Up For Debate 2019 alliance.
Up for Debate 2019 is a campaign coordinated by an alliance of women’s rights and gender equality advocates from across Canada.
The last Federal Leaders’ Debate on women’s issues in Canada was on August 14, 1984 – 35 years ago now. And yet, women, trans, non-binary, and two-spirit people in Canada still face many of the same barriers today, including:
During the 2019 federal election, the Up For Debate Alliance is calling on all federal party leaders to commit to a national televised debate to share their priorities on women’s rights and gender equality. Jagmeet Singh of the NDP and Elizabeth May of the Green Party have pledged to participate, but we’re still waiting on a commitment from the Liberals, the Conservatives, and the Bloc Québécois. When it comes time to elect our next government in 2019, we want party leaders to explain how they plan to build a more equitable Canada for all.
For information on the campaign or to sign our petition, please visit https://ywcacanada.ca/upfordebate/
By Serena Lisus-Reiter
Finding adequate and affordable housing in Toronto has become increasingly difficult. For women and children looking to leave situations of domestic violence, finding safe and affordable housing can be one of the biggest barriers standing in their way of independence and safety. As a member of the External Advisory Committee for Toronto’s new Housing Plan, HousingTO 2020 – 2030 Action Plan, WomanACT recognizes the housing crisis in Toronto as posing unique challenges to women, especially those made vulnerable by their survivor, newcomer, racialized, and/or LGBTQ2S identities.
Over the last couple of months, WomanACT looked to our community to find answers to the question of precarious housing in Toronto. We talked with women with lived experience of housing instability and/or violence and the service providers who engage with them. Consulting with communities directed impacted by violence, poverty and/or housing insecurity is key to ensuring Toronto’s new ten year housing plan adopts a gender and trauma informed approach. Ultimately, we want to find out what can be done to help marginalized women and women experiencing violence access safe, adequate, and affordable housing that is imperative to their ongoing safety and independence.
In our consultations, we asked what our community saw as challenges in finding housing in Toronto, what they would like to see prioritized, and any innovative ideas for the City to address these issues. Many expressed the lack of affordable private market units available, the long waitlist (of over 100 000 people) for social housing, and discrimination by landlords as some of their major concerns. They wanted to see the city prioritize private market rent control, the creation of more affordable housing units, the addition of more shelter beds, and more regulation to ensure fair treatment by landlords. Finally, our community shared its ideas for innovation with us as well, including talk about converting old parking lots into housing units, developing and funding self-contained family units for families fleeing violence instead of shelters, and even finding ways to support women to stay in their own homes after situations of domestic violence.
In our work with the City of Toronto’s 2020 – 2030 Housing Plan, we hope to address these unique barriers and close some of the gaps that stand between women and safe housing. WomanACT remains committed to the safety and independence of women experiencing violence, and through consulting our community, we continue to honour this commitment.
WomanACT is proud to partner with Uber as part of Uber’s Driving Change initiative, a global commitment to support and partner with leading sexual assault and domestic violence organizations around the world.
In 2017, Uber pledged $5 million to support sexual violence prevention programs, starting in the United States. This week, the initiative has expanded to include Canadian partners.
WomanACT is committed to working across sectors to create systemic change. We believe that raising awareness and engaging in national conversations on violence against women is key to getting at the root of the issue. Global movements such as “Me Too” and “TimesUp” have helped spark a global conversation on violence against women and girls, and shown just how often it is normalized. We want to build on this conversation by engaging new audiences and we see this partnership as an opportunity to reach these new audiences and raise awareness on gender-based violence.
Working alongside national and local partners, Uber’s Driving Change initiative will develop educational materials for drivers and riders and support community prevention programs.
Together, we have the opportunity to reach millions of driver-partners and riders across Canada to raise awareness, prevent gender-based violence, and promote safety within the rideshare community and throughout Canada.
“Sexual assault and gender-based violence don’t belong anywhere in our communities. Helping keep people safe is a huge responsibility and one we do not take lightly. We are committed to learning from experts like WomanACT on how we can do more to prevent violence against women and to help keep people safe” - Morva Rohani, Public Policy, Uber Canada
“WomanACT is thrilled to work with Uber – bringing together community expertise with Uber’s scope and visibility will help community partners engage new audiences to raise awareness and prevent sexual and domestic violence.” – Harmy Mendoza, Executive Director, WomanACT
WomanACT's continuous growth and successful journey could not be possible without the oversight, direction and support we receive from our Board of Directors. We are in search of leaders and emerging leaders that want to contribute to our ultimate goal to eliminate violence against women.
Interested in applying? See attached flyer for detailed information!
Are you committed to progressing women's rights? Are you a highly motivated individual with experience in project development, policy and communications? Then we want to hear from you!
Position: Project Coordinator, Full Time, One Year Contract
Closing Date: April 19th,2019
WomanACT is looking for a dynamic and highly motivated Project Coordinator to help develop and enhance our gender equality projects, research and policy.
The Project Coordinator will play a key role in the implementation of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) Project. The project will develop, test and evaluate the MARAC model, an internationally recognized approach to reducing high risk domestic violence through multi-agency risk assessment and safety planning, in two communities in Ontario. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the development, administration, implementation and evaluation of the MARAC project and other projects as identified.
The Project Coordinator will also work closely with the WomanACT team to further advance our research and policy work across our current priority areas: gender-based violence, economic security and housing. The Project Coordinator will provide technical and coordination support including conducting community-based research, policy analysis and development, developing communications and fostering community engagement.
Please submit your cover letter, resume and expected salary to the attention of Lieran Docherty, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Download Job Description here
The Soul of a Warrior Awards is the only event in the GTA that celebrates the unsung heroes who show up consistently to support women and children who have experienced violence.
Join the WomanACT Events Committee today and be a part of the planning and execution of this incredible event.
FINANCIAL ABUSE as a form of intimate partner violence is an understudied form of abuse
Together with researchers at the University of Guelph, WomanACT is spearheading a research project (REB # 18-10-046) aiming to improve our understanding of, prevention of, and response to financial abuse.
If you are a service provider who has encountered women who have experienced violence as part of your work, we want to hear from you!
We are looking for service providers to participate in a short online survey and/or a focus group about their clients’ experiences of financial abuse. We are looking to understand the diverse experiences of women in heterosexual or same-sex relationships experiencing financial abuse. You are free to participate in either or both the survey and a focus group. The online survey should take approximately 10 minutes.
Complete Online Survey: Visit here
Sign up for Focus Group: Sign up here
Questions? Comments? You are welcome to contact Sonia Zawitkowski at email@example.com
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