CFUW Leaside-East York & CFUW North Toronto
From WNHHN, Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network: “Intimate partner and/or family violence is a key pathway into homelessness for women and girls.” To add to this, once homeless, women are more vulnerable, and at risk of abuse. On National Housing Day, Nov. 22, members from CFUW Leaside – East York and North Toronto attended a rally in support of much needed social housing. Advocates and local residents assembled in downtown Toronto East by empty lots where low income housing was demolished more than ten years ago. We want the City of Toronto to expropriate these lots and build social housing for the displaced residents who call this part of the city ‘home’. If the City doesn’t act, there will be yet another luxury condo.
To raise awareness in the community, CFUW-Muskoka publicly endorsed the Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group (MWAG), a volunteer-run, charitable organization that operates two, 24-hour crisis shelters for abused women and their children providing community education programs and around-the-clock crisis support services. Members of the CFUW Muskoka Executive attended a Memorial event on December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance. The event is hosted by a number of Muskoka women’s advocacy groups. CFUW Muskoka also put an ad in their local newspaper and are involved in writing a news release about gender-based violence and the 16 Days of Activism which will appear shortly.
Members attended the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women event sponsored by Green Haven Shelter for Women, Monday November 29th at the Orillia Opera House. A flag was raised by Orillia Mayor, Steve Clark, in honour of the day. Interest Groups leaders were asked to read a “Remembrance” document with their groups who were meeting during the 16 Days. The text was prepared by Heather Lewis (CFUW Orillia VP). You can read the “Remembrance” document here. The CFUW Orillia Advocacy Chair wrote an op-ed piece that was published in the local paper – Orillia Matters. https://www.orilliamatters.com/letters-to-the-editor/letter-violence-against-women-happens-at-home-at-work-at-school-and-online-4819270 And finally, members attended the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, arranged by the Ontario Provincial Police Headquarters in Orillia. Those in attendance were requested to wear purple scarfs in support of the event.
CFUW Welland & District
Members of CFUW Welland & District attended, wearing orange, the flag raising ceremony held by Niagara Region on Nov. 25th) to acknowledge the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism. The Club also put up a display of Red Dresses in front of the Meridian Community Centre in Pelham which remained visible for most of the campaign. More Red Dresses were displayed in Chippawa Park in Welland including signage to explain the display. Members also attended the raising of a flag at city hall in Port Colborne acknowledging the 16 Days and the lighting of Bridge 13 in Welland in orange to also signify the beginning of the Campaign. And finally on Dec 7th, the Club hosted a ZOOM talk by Kayla Mayer, Anti Trafficking Team Lead at the YWCA in St Catharines who brought the Club up to date regarding Trafficking in the Niagara area.
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