Advocacy & Policy

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YWCA Canada Taking Action on Ending Violence

16 October 2018

Week Without Violence 2018

YWCA: Overdose prevention sites save lives

20 August 2018

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care moratorium will exacerbate public health emergency

Budget 2018: A win for women. A win for Canada.

27 February 2018

A gender-lens on the Federal Budget is a win for women, families, and Canada



27 November 2017

YWCA Canada’s campaign calls for every day action to end violence against young women, girls, and non-binary youth

“A game-changer for women and girls in Canada”

22 November 2017

A gender-lens on the National Housing Strategy is a step in the right direction says largest provider of housing and shelter for women in Canada

Scared, vulnerable, invisible: Affordable housing crisis exposes women to violence, trauma

2 November 2017

Largest provider of housing and shelter for women in Canada takes to Parliament Hill to advocate for a gender-lens on the National Housing Strategy

YWCA Canada welcomes a dynamic new leader to Canada's oldest women's service organization

8 May 2017

Maya Roy takes up her duties as Chief Executive Officer at YWCA Canada on May 15th, 2017

Stepping Up for Women – Gender-Based Budgeting Begins

22 March 2017

Federal budget opens door to movement on gender equality issues, says YWCA Canada


10 March 2017



From Coast to Coast Venues Light the Night Against Violence

5 December 2016

CN Tower, Rogers Arena, Cabot Tower mark the anniversary of December 6, 1989

Never Blame the Victim says YWCA Canada’s Rose Campaign

25 November 2016

Rose Campaign & 16 Days of Global Activism launch on Parliament Hill

Rose Campaign takes on Sexual Assault: Never Blame the Victim

23 November 2016

YWCA Canada launches #NeverBlameTheVictim to kick off Rose Campaign 2016 and the 16 Days of Global Activism Against Gender-based Violence

A safe home is a human right. Count women and girls in.

24 October 2016

YWCA Canada calls for a gender lens on Canada’s National Housing Strategy

Rick Mercer Supports YWCA Canada

4 October 2016

Comedian Teams Up with National Association for Public Service Announcement

Organizations launch Every Voter Counts Alliance and kick-off campaign for proportional representation

25 February 2016

Diverse groups representing millions of Canadians give big boost to a fair voting system


From Coast to Coast Venues Light the Night Against Violence

4 December 2015

CN Tower, Rogers Arena, Cabot Tower mark the anniversary of December 6, 1989

Time for Real Change on Violence Against Women and Girls

25 November 2015

YWCA Canada welcomes sector engagement in the development of a National Action Plan

Time for Real Change on Violence Against Women and Girls

24 November 2015

YWCA Canada welcomes opportunity to work with the federal government on a National Action Plan and with the tech sector on digital safety

September 29 is National Action Day to End Homelessness for Women and Girls

29 September 2015

Women and girls make up half of Canada’s homeless, says Homes for Women Campaign

Budget Fails to Balance Women’s Lives

21 April 2015

Federal Budget doesn’t support the lives of the majority of women today, says YWCA Canada

Reducing Gun Control is Not in the Interest of Women & Children Facing Violence

27 March 2015

YWCA Canada regrets the Supreme Court decision on Québec’s Gun Registry

Leading Peaceful Revolution: Indigenous Women at Beijing 20+

12 March 2015

YWCA Canada, Native Women’s Association of Canada and 4Rs Youth Movement Present at UN CSW59


28 January 2015



Uphold Women’s Charter Rights! Safety for Women in Prostitution & Sex Work

17 December 2014

YWCA Canada recognizes the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

From Coast to Coast Iconic Venues Light the Night Against Violence

4 December 2014

Signal Hill, Olympic Stadium, CN Tower, BC Place mark 25th anniversary of December 6, 1989

25 Years after the Montreal Massacre, Violence against Women is #NOTokay

25 November 2014

YWCA Canada’s new campaign calls for every day action to end violence

25 Years after December 6, 1989 Violence against Women is #NOTokay

21 November 2014

YWCA Canada launches Rose Campaign and #NOTokay

Women ask Federal Leaders “Are you Up for Debate?”

4 November 2014

Organizations across Canada ask federal party leaders to commit to a debate on women in the upcoming election

Time to fill the Child Care Gap

14 October 2014

YWCA Canada welcomes Opposition Leader Mulcair’s promise of One Million Spaces

Government of Canada funds projects to end cyberviolence against women and girls

7 July 2014

Projects will support women and girls in Toronto and in communities across Canada

Canadian Women Demand Justice for Missing Nigerian Girls and Marginalized Women Experiencing Violence in Canada

30 May 2014

Canadian Women Leaders Write Joint Letter to PM Steven Harper, Urging Federal Government to Develop National Strategy to End Gender-based Violence

YWCA Canada launches Legal Information Resource for Violence Services

29 May 2014 focuses on Access to Justice for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Women

The Time for a National Inquiry is Now

16 May 2014

YWCA Canada responds to RCMP Report on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women


6 May 2014

YWCA Canada reports on effective shelter practices to increase safety and reduce homelessness

Reduce Costs of Poverty and Violence Against Women, says YWCA Canada

11 February 2014

National association calls for federal budget that counts women in


A New Beginning

13 December 2013

An Open Letter to the Community

100,000 Women and Children Leave Homes to Escape Abuse

25 November 2013

YWCA Canada’s Rose Campaign calls for National Action Plan on Violence Against Women

YWCA Challenges Canada to “Spend a Week Without Violence"

14 October 2013

Commit Random Acts of Kindness not Violence, October 14 – 20, 2013

YWCA Canada Mourns the Passing of Dr. Henry Morgentaler

30 May 2013

A True Champion of Women’s Right to Choose

“Time to end Women’s Homelessness,” says Homes for Women Campaign

26 February 2013

Poll supports launch of new national campaign and broad coalition


Teenage girls escaping violence need support says Anita Majumdar

6 December 2012

Fresh from Midnight’s Children, award-winner joins YWCA Canada Rose Campaign

Girls escape sexual abuse and family violence, face harsh life on the street

26 November 2012

YWCA Canada's Rose Campaign to end violence against women and girls links young women, violence and homelessness


27 September 2012

Historic women’s association welcomes defeat of M-312

Sheltering sector gathering to tackle violence against women

14 September 2012



15 June 2012

TED-Style National Meeting of Canada’s Largest Women’s Service Association in Guelph

“End Dangerous Reductions in Gun Control” says YWCA Canada Annual Meeting

15 June 2012

Banning point of sale information beyond promise to end the long gun registry

Homelessness Now a "Women's Issue," Says YWCA Canada

13 March 2012

International Women's Day Bulletin documents women's homelessness in Canada

Got a new BlackBerry for the holidays? BBM for Safety!

13 January 2012

YWCA Canada launches Safety Siren app for BlackBerry smartphones


Invest in Women’s Safety – Not Guns and Prisons, says YWCA Canada’s Rose Campaign

24 November 2011

Largest shelter provider calls for action on Throne Speech promise “to address violence against women and girls”

YWCA Canada honoured with inaugural Mary Robinson Award for Young Women’s Leadership in Human Rights

12 July 2011

Award recognizes YWCA Canada’s GirlSpace, Power of Being a Girl and Young Women’s Leadership Miles Programs

Violence Against Women Heats Up All-Male Leaders’ Debate

13 April 2011

Leaders link long gun registry to women’s safety

Child Care Funding Announcement a Step in the Right Direction, Says YWCA Canada

31 March 2011

Sensible social policy for today’s families

“Who’s Afraid of Elizabeth May This Time?”

30 March 2011

Canada needs a woman’s voice in election debate

Cutting New Brunswick Advisory Council Undercuts Women, says YWCA

25 March 2011

Arm’s-length agency is crucial independent voice

Child Care Gap Fails the Economy says YWCA Canada

22 March 2011

Prisons not an investment in women’s safety

Child Care Services Decades Behind Reality, Says YWCA Canada

7 March 2011

No Response to Revolution in Women’s Education and Employment


Rose Campaign National Action Day

26 November 2010

Talk To Your MP About Violence Against Women

Life on the Street Deadly for Women Says YWCA Canada’s Rose Campaign

25 November 2010

Historic Association calls for a National Housing Strategy for Women

Listen to Our Police Leaders on Long Gun Registry says YWCA Canada

26 May 2010

Registry costs $4.1 million per year, protects vulnerable women and police officers

Healthy dating? There’s an app for that!

21 May 2010

YWCA Canada launches YWCA Safety Siren app for iPhone

YWCA Canada Supports Full Day Kindergarten and the Community Child Care Sector

29 March 2010

Universal child care requires both, says nation’s second largest provider

YWCA Canada Launches Living Beyond Shelter — Videos for Change

8 March 2010

Rose Campaign Celebrates International Women’s Day with advocacy videos on violence against women and an action message to MPs

YWCA Canada Calls for Smart, Preventive Investments in Women

4 March 2010

Public Policies need to catch up with 21st Century Realities


YWCA Canada Rose Campaign Says Women Forced to Choose between Poverty and Abuse

25 November 2009

Calls for Federal Government Leadership on Policy Coordination

MPs Playing Dangerous Politics with Women’s Lives says YWCA Canada

4 November 2009

Calls for Honouring the Montreal Massacre and Preserving the Gun Registry

YWCA Canada Calls for Coordination on Violence Against Women

13 October 2009

Life Beyond Shelter Report recommends government cooperation at all levels