January 8, 2014 - by Silvia Pikal

YWCA Calgary BedsThis is a re-post from the YWCA Calgary blog.

Thanks to your generous support at our 2013 Calgary Breakfast, we were able to provide funding to support YWCA Calgary in their flood recovery efforts. Below is a powerful story of a Calgary woman affected by the June floods. 

*Beth has a good job. She works as a sales person at a local clothing store. She helps others find beautiful things and makes them feel special.

December 24, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

On behalf of everyone at the Canadian Women’s Foundation and the thousands of communities, programs and women and girls your investments have helped this year, thank you!

Each and every day we are inspired by the incredible support of the donors, corporations and foundations that support our work to end violence against women; help low-income women move out of poverty; and empower women and girls with confidence.

December 20, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

Since it’s almost the end of the year, here are two yearend roundups worth a read - the 28 most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013 and the 10 most sexist ads of 2013.

To help you through the holidays, listen to the “Most Popular Feminist Mixtapes Ever”, as you read 50 shocking facts about rape in America.

This week, Ana courageously shared her sex trafficking experience in San Francisco while Anna created her own Photoshop ads to mock the abuse of this tool by mainstream media.

December 17, 2013 - by Tina-Marie Williams - 3 Comments

Atlantic Skills InstituteI used to hate being told “Patience is a virtue.”

When I was growing up, this was my mother's go-to phrase for whenever I got frustrated or wanted to make a hasty decision. 

A few weeks ago, I was standing impatiently waiting for an omelette during breakfast at White Point, Nova Scotia when I heard my mother’s voice in my head.

December 16, 2013 - by Chair, Board of Directors - 14 Comments

Bev WybrowIn just over a month, our current President and CEO Beverley Wybrow will retire from the Canadian Women's Foundation. 

To celebrate Bev's outstanding leadership and devotion to the Canadian Women's Foundation, a fund has been set up in her honour. In lieu of a retirement gift, consider a donation to the Beverley Wybrow Fund that will help support transformative work to move women out of poverty, out of violence and into confidence.

We invite you to share your favourite memory or cherished highlight of Bev's career in the comment section below.  These messages will be collected and shared with Bev in the New Year. 

December 12, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

This week, with the end of the 16 days of action to end violence against women, we are proud to learn that Winnipeg is setting an important example by becoming the first Canadian city to sign onto the UN campaign to reduce violence against women.

The Toronto-based grassroots feminist collective, Feministo, further encourages Canadian media to be supportive of survivors by making available an essential toolkit for media when reporting on sexual assault.

December 11, 2013 - by Sandra Hawken - 2 Comments

Sometimes referred to as “modern day slavery”, human trafficking is an extreme form of violence against women that exploits Canada’s most vulnerable girls and women. Traffickers can receive as much as $280,000 per year for each girl or woman they sexually exploit and force into prostitution. The younger the girl, the more money they make.

Through our consultations with 250 organizations and 150 survivors of sex trafficking we learned that many girls are 13-years-old when they are first trafficked into forced prostitution