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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Abuse Research Project: A Community Based Research Project on Financial Abuse as a form of Intimate Partner Violence in the Toronto Area
WomanACT is undertaking community-based research into women’s experience of financial abuse as a form of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the Toronto area.
WomanACT is working with researchers at the University of Guelph to explore the nature of financial abuse and the impact of financial abuse on women. We are also looking to better understand how financial abuse can be addressed and prevented.
The project will include a literature review as well as undertake surveys, interviews and focus groups with Women with Lived Experience of financial abuse and with service providers working in the Violence Against Women sector. The project will develop a final report with the research findings as well as hold community education workshops with service providers.
The project is funded by the City of Toronto Community Projects and Events Grant Program.
If you would like more information on the project, please contact Program Manager, Lieran Docherty.
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Vara-Horna to learn more about his research on the company level costs of domestic violence to medium and large sized enterprises.
Register here for this free event in Toronto on October 4th 2018
On August 1st, the Ontario government announced that the planned 3% increase to social assistance rates will be reduced to 1.5%. These cuts, along with other changes including the cancellation of the change to the definition of ‘spouse’ will have an impact on women across the province. These changes put women at greater risk of poverty and violence.
The government has said they will be undertaking a 100-day review of social assistance programs in Ontario. WomaACT wants to ensure that the voice and expertise of women with lived experience of poverty and violence and advocates with equity-seeking groups are heard. It is critical that we continue to advocate for an intersectional gender-based analysis of income security policies and programs.
Join us on September 27th for a cross-sector discussion on making social assistance reform in Ontario work for women. This important discussion will also help inform a response to the Ontario government on social assistance reform.
The event will start with a panel of experts and move into working groups to discuss key questions:
September 27th 2018 from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
30 Isabella Street,
Food and light refreshments will be provided.
At WomanACT, we are very concerned by the recent announcement by the Ontario Ministry of Education to repeal Ontario’s sexual health education curriculum in September.
As an organization committed to women’s safety and gender equality, we believe that access to effective and relevant sex education is a key contributing factor to the health and well-being of children and young people.
Compromising children and young people’s access to information on consent and equitable relationships means putting people’s health, safety and rights at risk. Comprehensive sexual health education that is inclusive, rights-based and promotes gender equality has a role in preventing violence against women. Schools are well placed to shift social norms, attitudes and behaviours.
To this end, the curriculum must reflect and respond to the lived realities of young people. Teaching children and young people about consent and healthy relationships is critical.
Just this month, the Canadian Femicide Conservatory released its mid-year report showing that in 2018 alone, 78 women and girls have died as a result of femicide in Canada. 41 of these women and girls were in Ontario. With such shocking numbers of women and girls dying as a result of dating violence, intimate-partner violence, we need to commit to learning and discussing safe, healthy and equitable relationships in our education system. With a rise in cyberbullying, the curriculum must cover how children and young people can protect themselves online and respect one another online. We need a curriculum that informs young people of their rights online.
Sexual health education is more than words written on a curriculum document; it is about promoting critical conversations in schools among young people; conversations about gender, sexuality, choice, boundaries and rights. We want the Government of Ontario to send the message that these are vital conversations that must be encouraged and fostered.
As per our Open Letter submitted to the Ministry of Education, our concerns are shared by a number of organizations and individuals. The open letter prepared by WomanACT has been endorsed and co-signed by a total of 13 Toronto Based organizations, 41 Organizations based in the province of Ontario, 18 Organizations working in other provinces of Canada, 4 Canada-wide organizations and eight individual experts.
The Ontario Election is in two days and here at WomanACT we think there is a lot at stake. We are calling on the next Ontario government to prioritize issues related to Gender Equality and Women’s Safety.
The Ontario Thrive coalition sent every candidate in the four key parties an invitation to complete a survey on gender-based violence and other key equity issues. Check out if your local candidate participated here.
Below are a few other things we have been reading and listening to ahead of the election, you may find them useful as well:
Parties Platforms: Green Party, NDP, PC Party and Liberal Party
WomanACT Election Platform
Apathy is Boring Issue Sheets
Toronto Star op-ed: Count us in! Women will vote on June 7th
YWCA Women Vote for Action Campaign
Unsure when and where to vote? Visit Elections Ontario.
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.
We are looking forward to hosting the Cyber Sexual Violence Forum today!
Special thanks to the Department of Justice for funding this important project.
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