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Ottawa Street BIA Fundraising Drive for ywcaencore!

Join Ottawa Street BIA this October in their fundraiser for Ottawa Street YWCA’s Encore program. This program supports breast cancer patients with rehabilitation of the body, mind and spirit. Ottawa Street BIA is giving away decorated boxes to the first 16 businesses who request them. The decorated boxes will be displayed at your cash registers along with a program description. The BIA will pick them up at the end of the month and will ensure the YWCA receives your contributions. For those of you who do not wish to collect donations in your store, Ottawa Street BIA will be collecting donations at the BIA office. Thank you again to the Ottawa Street BIA for your continued support!


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One Billion Rising coming to Hamilton!

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.

ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY

ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

What does ONE BILLION look like? On February 14th, 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.

ONE BILLION RISING IS:

A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being

SIGN UP TODAY

YWCA Hamilton will be hosting One Billion Rising events here in Hamilton on Valentine’s Day 2013! Stay tuned for details to come!


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Celebrating the First International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2012 by Paulette Senior, CEO, YWCA Canada

Today, on the first International Day of the Girl YWCA Canada joins others in solidarity to promote and advance the equality of girls and young women locally, nationally and globally. It is the day set aside to recognize that the future peace, justice and prosperity of the world depends on the equality of girls and young women today no matter where they are in the world. It is the day declared by the United Nations to recognize the particular plights girls face due to their experiences of higher rates of violence, exploitation and poverty.

There is no greater example today that brings attention to the need for this day than the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai, the courageous 14 year old, who, despite threats to her young life, stood for the right to education; not just for herself but for all girls in her country. Such courage is truly rare and today as she struggles for her life, women in Pakistan are discovering their own bravery to also stand where she stood in solidarity for girls’ rights.

YWCA Canada stands with all Canadians for the human rights of  girls and young women here at home and around the globe.

Links:

Status of Women Canada – International Day of the Girl

World YWCA – A Girl Child – “Who Will Save Me?”


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Person’s Day Breakfast 2012

 

              Person’s Day 2012  

 Join us at Liuna Station on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. for our 5th Annual Person’s Day Breakfast. This exciting and thought provoking breakfast is a joint venture between the Zonta Clubs of Hamilton and YWCA Hamilton. The breakfast commemorates the landmark 1929 Persons case that guaranteed women the right to participate in all aspects of public life.

This year we explore the theme: Women’s Mentorship & Leadership with keynote speaker Kim Crosby. Crosby is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator and educator. She was named one of Canada’s 100 Young Changemakers and was recently recognized as a Cultural Champions by the City of Toronto. Crosby has delivered over 150 workshops around the world on race, gender, power, privilege, consent, creation, food and entrepreneurship.

We look forward to seeing you on October 18th!