Advocating for Women and Girls Beyond our Walls
To reduce exclusion and social and gender inequality, as well as all forms of violence against women and girls, we must reach beyond our daily and individual actions for women and girls. That is why we have organized, collaborated, and participated in many events and campaigns to promote mobilization, engagement, and awareness around women’s issues.
- Creation of a public awareness campaign on sexual exploitation called Je mets mes culottes, in collaboration with DDB Montreal.
- Collaboration on Un trop Grand Prix pour elles, a sexual-exploitation awareness campaign released during the Montreal F1 Grand Prix.
- Participation in two panels; one on human trafficking and the other on sexual exploitation, organized by the En Marche movement during the World Social Forum and at Dawson College.
- Two presentations at McGill University as part of Professor Armistead’s course entitled “Issues in Women’s Health.”
- Meeting with the US consulate on human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
- Active participation in the committee for 12 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women and organization of several activities from November 25 to December 6, including:
- 2 Days of Action launch at Touski restaurant;
- Request to light the Olympic Park Tower and City Hall;
- Theme day on sexual consent;
- Commemoration of the Polytechnique massacre and unveiling of a mural to raise awareness about violence against women.
- Participation in the YWCA Canada’s Everyday. Everybody. campaign during YWCA Canada’s Week Without Violence.
- Participation in the Histoires de Paix campaign organized by the Tools of Peace network.
- Participation in the federal government’s round-table discussion on the elaboration of the Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
- Brief submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women for their study on violence against women and girls in Canada.
- Hosting of the Quebec government’s sexual violence prevention strategy launch.
- Participation in the panel entitled “Creating a Better Online Culture: Developing Strategies Together,” organized by the Concordia University Sexual Assault Resource Centre and Atwater Library.
- Consultations for the forum on family violence organized by the Peace Grantmakers Network.
- Support for the Réseau d’aide pour les personnes seules et itinérantes de Montréal (RAPSIM) campaign for funds to address various homelessness issues and to boost provincial funding for non-profit organizations.
- Organization of, and participation in, a number of activities for International Women’s Day, including:
- Montreal premiere of the play SEVEN (theatrical reading);
- Femmes et des
mauxmots exhibition at the Atrium of BAnQ Vieux-Montréal;
- Launch of our top ten reads 10 héroïnes qui osent et qui font réfléchir;
- Official launch of the Je mets mes culottes campaign.
- Training sessions on gender-based analysis (GBA) and female dropouts for YMCA Pointe-Saint-Charles staff working with youth at risk of dropping out.
- Submission of a brief as part of the public consultations on Montreal’s social development policy.
- Submission of a brief as part of the consultations on Montreal’s downtown strategy.
- Participation in the round-table discussion to guide the creation of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy with Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development.
- Participation in the YWCA Canada’s advocacy committee
- Participation in numerous committees on issues surrounding the redevelopment of the former site of the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the social and community development of the Peter-McGill neighbourhood.
- Submission of a brief as part of the consultations on the redevelopment of the site of the former Montreal Children’s Hospital.
- Participation in Centraide’s March of 1,000 Umbrellas.
- Participation in Bell’s Let’s Talk Day via an awareness and information campaign on mental health.
- Participation in Quebec Mental Health Week:
- Organization of a lecture on compassionate fatigue and vicarious trauma;
- Organization of a lecture on maintaining balance when a loved one is suffering;
- Participation in the CIUSSS Centre-Sud issue table on mental health.
To find out about YWCA Canada’s advocacy priorities, click here.