About Our Advocacy
Since our founding, YWCA Canada has advocated to improve the lives of women and girls. For over a century, we have been integral to women’s equality gains. Our advocacy has strengthened Canadian society and fostered women’s leadership nationally and locally.
Despite substantial change, women have not achieved full equality. The enormous strides made by some women, in some fields, have not been enough to right Canada’s historical gender imbalance, nor to raise the status of all women. True equality must encompass all women and requires addressing barriers of discrimination beyond gender.
YWCA Canada’s current strategic priorities for advocacy are:
- Violence against women
- Child care
- Women’s economic security
- Advancing the leadership of women and girls
YWCA Canada conducts research and develops policy recommendations on emerging issues. We engage the public, the media and decision-makers on how issues and trends affect women and girls. To support our current issue campaigns visit Issues and Actions. Our recent publications, briefs and reports are located in YWCA Canada Reports and Publications. Research reports, newsletters and links on our advocacy priorities and related subjects are in our Research Library.