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YWCA Canada is a great source of inspiration when it comes to issues that are of interest to many women. Are you their friend on facebook? Because they share a lot of awesome resources.

Here are two great videos recently passed on by the incredible women at YWCA Canada:

Jean Kilbourne continues to uncover and analyze media messages to women and girls. Her videos Killing Me Softly are often a staple in many intro Women Studies courses and were an important aspect of my own “coming to awareness”.

Also, an excellent commercial from First Nations youth responding to violence against Grandmothers:

Be sure to check out YWCA Canada (and MANY YWCAs across the world on twitter


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Some Sites for Young Feminists

YWCA Hamilton has an mandate to pour into and empower young women. YWCA Hamilton has a wide array of excellent girls’ programming designed to build confidence, self-esteem and skills in young women. The internet can be a scary place for girls-with media saturation about what it means to be pretty or perhaps more importantly how to be “hot”.

Here’s few links to some excellent resources for teens and young women that focus on creating strong, independent and intelligent young women.

Changing what Beauty means one post-it at at time. PS- Caitlin is writing a new book aimed at teens and tweens!

Love this magazine!

GirlSpace– a safe online community for young women with LOADS of important info!

How cool is this? Helping young girls find their speed while encouraging physical activity and confidence!

Young feminists interested in women’s rights and development? Young Feminist Wire is the place for you!

The young feminists in Hamilton are at YWCA Girl’s Programs!

The RebELLES are having their 2nd pan-feminist gathering in Winnipeg in May!

Beyond Nancy Drew– An annotated list of books written for girls in the last 200 years

Brain Cake- this web site promotes math and science by creating an online community where girls can interact with their peers about current science topics, solve science mysteries, and discuss careers with young women scientists and engineers

This list of INCREDIBLE resources for girls is too huge to link…definitely worth checking out the whole list.

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The Spirit of Giving

I love this post from feministing.com about philanthropy for young women. When we think of the word “philanthropist” images of a very old, rich male come to mind. This great article reminds us that we can ALL join in the spirit of giving this holiday season.

The key is to find an issue that you’re passionate about and share your time, resources, and even best… yourself! At YWCA Hamilton we’re passionate about making women’s lives better. We’re in the business of empowering women and girls to live their best lives.

This season please consider giving a gift to YWCA Hamilton in honour of an amazing woman in your life. What better way to honour her legacy than to ensure that other women can receive the support they need.

From our YWCA family to yours- happy holidays! Wishing you safety, love and peace.

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Conferences for Women

Have you heard of this exciting conference happening in July? Imagine meeting women from all over the world at a feminist-focused conference.  Here is a small snippet about the conference:

WW 2011 is a global convergence to advance women’s equality through research, exchange, leadership, and action.

Expected to draw some 2000 participants from around the world, WW 2011 is a unique global event that will enhance women’s leadership skills and organizational capacity, support the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and foster research and action networks on women’s issues.

The first Women’s Worlds event was a modest gathering of academics in 1981 in Israel to discuss the advent of Women’s Studies and forge networks on feminist research. Today, the congress is a large event attracting researchers, activists, policy-makers, advocates, allies, and more.

For an overview of Women’s Worlds, see this slide presentation.


Looks amazing, right?!


Another incredible conference opportunity is the World YWCA meetings taking place in July in Switzerland. The theme this is “Women Creating a Safer World”. YWCA women for every corner of the earth will connect to build relationships, share resources and ideas. YWCAs connect 25 million women together world wide and the World YWCA conference is the perfect opportunity to tangibly  see the connections.

Whether or not you can attend either of these conferences be sure to check out their websites to find great resources.



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Two Minute Action: National Day of Action December 3rd

Friday, DECEMBER 3, 2010 is


Talk To Your MP About Violence Against Women

National Action Day on VAW, when we talk to MPs in their constituency offices about violence against women, is Friday, December 3. On Fridays, the House of Commons doesn’t sit and many MPs are in their constituencies. As a resident or an agency operating in the constituency, you can make an appointment to talk to them in their local constituency office.  If December 3 doesn’t work for you or your MP, another date is fine.  If you don’t have your MPs name or contact information you can find it at findmyMP by inserting your postal code.

This year’s Rose Campaign links violence to women’s homelessness and the need for a National Housing Strategy with a gender lens and a women’s component. You can review the message on the Send a Rose to Your MP email at rosecampaign.ca/send.

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We’re back in business!


Thanks for continuing to check in on us here at YWCA Hamilton despite our lack of posts! But fear not, we’re back in business!

First and foremost, let’s catch up on some important news for women


YWCA Hamilton’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event went off without a hitch! BIG thank you to all of the amazing men in our community that helped raise money for YWCA Hamilton and for bringing awareness to domestic violence and poverty issues.

Take Back the Night Hamilton was a GREAT success and an awesome night

Raise the Hammer notes that there are too few women running in the municipal election

Need some new workout gear for your workouts at the YWCA? Check out the Lululemon WAREHOUSE sale- this weekend!

It’s that time of year again…The United Way Campaign is in full swing!


Ontario Court stikes down key components of Canada’s prostitution laws

Interested in music made by women? Check out CBC’s Radio 3 “WOMEN”

YWCA Canada now has an online mall to buy cool YWCA swag!

Looking for an alternative to mainstream magazines for young women? Try Shameless– it’s awesome!

Sisters in Spirit Vigil- honours and honours missing Aboriginal woman in Canada

Stay tuned for more regular posts from us where at YWCA Hamilton!

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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.