By Lieran Docherty
In November 2017, the Canadian government launched the first ever National Housing Strategy in Canada. As a part of this strategy, the federal government made a commitment to working towards a human rights-based approach to housing. The government held a public consultation with communities across Canada on the proposed approach.
In preparation for this submission, WomanACT coordinated a consultation process with stakeholders providing Violence Against Women services in the city of Toronto. WomanACT’s submission stresses the importance of recognizing the intersections between housing, homelessness and violence against women and the many barriers that women face when trying to seek safety. WomanACT recommends that a rights-based approach to housing must recognize the critical importance of safety in achieving adequate housing and the right for women to remain in their own homes. WomanACT’s submission also recommends that the principles in the National Housing Strategy can be further strengthened through a robust intersectional Gender-Based Analysis, meaningful engagement with Women with Lived Experience and a commitment to addressing systemic inequality and discrimination.
Read the full submission here.
By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
The Poverty Reduction Strategy Office of Toronto is now accepting applications from individuals who have lived experience with poverty to join the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG).
Understanding that poverty affects people differently, this is an open call to everyone who can inform the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy based on their firsthand experience with poverty.
The LEAG is a two year term beginning January 2017 and will include a two day orientation session, a two day training, monthly meetings and attendance and/or participation in local community meetings and activities.
All participants will be provided a two day orientation, training and skills development opportunities, recognition, TTC fare, child care and food, honorarium of $50/meeting and $100/full day activities, attendant care (upon request) as well as other activities as identified.
Please note that only residents of Toronto can apply and the deadline to submit the application form is December 3rd 2016.
If you or someone you know is interested, please follow the steps below to submit your application.
For more information on the Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Lived Experience Advisory Group please visit www.toronto.ca/toprosperity
TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
For more information contact
Poverty Reduction Strategy Office
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