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Advocacy & Policy

About Our Advocacy

YWCA Canada was founded to advocate on issues to improve the lives of women and girls, and advocacy for women and girls remains a core activity more than a century later. Our advocacy responds directly to the lived realities of the hundreds of thousands of women and girls who use programs and services at our Member Associations across Canada every year. For over a century, we’ve been integral to women’s equality gains.

Building a country that works for all women requires working with an intersectional feminist lens. Our advocacy work includes identifying emerging issues, original research on systemic barriers, and developing policy recommendations for government and community action.

YWCA Canada’s informed advocacy aims to:
  • End violence against women and girls
  • Implement national child care
  • Achieve economic equality
  • End homelessness for women and girls 

We work to end the inter-connected issues of violence against women and women’s homelessness, and to achieve economic equality for women and nation-wide access to affordable, quality child care. 

Our campaigns – Rose Campaign, Homes for Women and #NOTokay - promote public awareness and engage decision-makers and the media. 

To support our current issue campaigns, visit Issues and Actions.

Our recent publications, briefs and reports are located in YWCA Canada Reports and Publications. Our Research Library collects research on our advocacy priorities and related issues.