Canadian Women's Foundation - Hayden

Author: Jessica Howard

Jessica Howard

Jessica Howard is Senior Writer at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Having worked as a journalist, blogger, content strategist and university instructor, she believes that storytelling is key to social change. As a mother of two sons, she is also highly knowledgeable about Lego, Star Wars and Superheroes.

“Never give up,” says Saara Chaudry, star of The Breadwinner

Saara Chaudry

Saara Chaudry is young but she’s not afraid to speak up. The 13-year-old has done so professionally in various television and theatre roles over the past few years. Now, as a leading voice actor in the film The Breadwinner, this Canadian performer is proud to be raising awareness about the impact of gender stereotypes and […]

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Meet Tina Tchen: A Champion for Gender Equality from the Obama Administration

“Every social change movement goes through ups and downs … we may be in one of those step-back moments, but we’re not going all the way back.”

Although she’s concerned, Tina Tchen’s unique vantage point helps her put things in perspective: Tina served as Assistant to President Obama, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. She also led the first-ever United State of Women Summit.

You can join us for a rare opportunity to hear Tina’s outlook on leadership, public policy, and empowering women and girls, at the Canadian Women’s Foundation Breakfast events in Toronto and Calgary this October.

Keep reading to find out how she’s continuing to rally for equality, and why she sees a silver lining in the storm clouds.

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Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality: Q&A with Kevin Vowles

Kevin Vowles

There were sparkly red stilettos, strappy metallic sandals, and snakeskin mules. Many men put on high heels with pride (and with socks) for the White Ribbon Campaign’s annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes fundraiser earlier this month. 

“It was inspiring to see so many people walking to create awareness about violence against women and showing their support for the work of White Ribbon,” says Kevin Vowles, the organization’s Community Engagement Manager.

Since 1991, the White Ribbon Campaign has rallied men and boys to become allies in ending violence against women. Before joining the organization, Kevin spent four years working with youth in a teen healthy relationships program on Salt Spring Island, B.C. that has received funding from the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

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Thank You for Your Messages to Women in Shelters!

Alone. Isolated. Afraid. That's how we often feel when faced with a difficult decision or a new journey in life.

Just knowing that someone is on your side, or has overcome similar obstacles, can make each step easier to take.

For Haydee, who summoned the courage to leave an abusive relationship with her young daughter, words of support became a lighthouse in the middle of a dark ocean. 

Her story has inspired many of you to support the Foundation's Campaign to End Violence, by donating and sending a message of support  to women in shelters. 

Thank you to all of you who reached out with heartfelt messages of support. You can still contribute a message through May 31!

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