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It’s That Time of Year….Women of Distinction

Nomination Poster

One of the wonderful visions of YWCA Hamilton is to see women appropriately honoured and recognized for their role in society. Historically, women have simply been left out of the story. The truth is that there are women all over our city doing incredible work, day in and day out. Ultimately, our city is a better place. Women of Distinction is a signature YWCA event that seeks to highlight the achievements of local women. And celebrate we do! It’s a fun event for a great cause-because women deserve to be seen, heard and honoured.

Do you know a woman who has made a positive contribution to the city of Hamilton?  Please consider taking the time to nominate her.

Nominees are honoured at a dinner at the Hamilton Convention Centre on May 3rd, 2011.

The entire nomination package is here!

See the Nomination Poster here!

Are you interested in sponsoring the event? See this form here!

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Marj at 905-522-9922 x 127 or mfarquharson@ywcahamilton.org

Please spread the word and nominate the outstanding women in your world.


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Weekly Round up

Hello friends of YWCA Hamilton.

Another installment of women’s news.

First trans NCAA athlete is pretty inspirational!

Have you heard of UN Women? It’s a big deal and it’s about time.

Job stress can  lead to heart attacks for women.

Talk about inspiration.

World YWCA’s excellent blog!

Please consider sending your MP a rose to commemorate December 6th day of remembrance of the Montreal Massacre

Do you have an iphone or itouch? Download the FREE YWCA Canada safety siren.

Follow us on facebook and twitter (and fitness twitter!)

YWCA Hamilton breaks ground on a brand new group home!

Read all about YWCA Hamilton and Zonta Clubs of Hamilton’s Persons Day Event.


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2010 Spirit of the Redhill Valley Lecture- Judy Rebick

Women have the capability to change the world. Judy Rebick is one of these women. A journalist, activist, feminist, and an author.

Her accomplishments are too numerous to mention but here are a few snippets:

-she is a  founder of the INCREDIBLE alternative news website rabble.ca

-she’s writing several books and articles- her newest

-she is passionate about climate change, women’s empowerment and social justice

-she was a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women

-She was a part of the battle for employment equity in the province of Ontario


She’s speaking in Hamilton this week!

Please check out the facebook event and be sure to attend for an inspiring (and FREE) evening.

Who: Judy Rebick Lecture

Where: Unitarian Church on Dundurn St.

When: 7:30pm

Hope  to see you there!

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The War On Women

This moving video is brought to us by Women Thrive Worldwide, an American organization who (in their own words), “is the leading non-profit organization shaping U.S. policy to help women in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty.”

As we prepare our big Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event, we are reminded of the bigger picture. We are reminded of the 25 million women and girls connected to the YWCA movement around the world. YWCAs in countries in every corner of the globe are working to eradicate violence against women and trying to create a more just and vibrant world; a world where all people have the chance to prosper.

Violence against women in all its forms is not only in our own backyard. We are mindful as work to raise money here for our transitional housing program and the women who come to us at critical turning points in their lives that we can’t end violence alone. And thankfully, there are organizations like Women Thrive Worldwide and the YWCAs in over 125 countries that are doing anti-violence work. Together we can (and are!) making a difference.