March is Women’s History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the social, economic cultural, and political achievements of women. But It is also a time to acknowledge the ongoing gender inequality in Canada.
For example, the pandemic has pushed 10 times more women than men out of the labour force, all while a woman in Canada earns 76.8 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earns.
Our Women and Girls Fund is designed to support vulnerable women and girls in Canada through vetted, effective charities. Here's the impact of just some of the charities in the fund:
- Jessie’s Centre helps young women and mothers through a variety of support services. Last year, they served over 300 people through programs like prenatal sessions, counselling sessions, and parenting groups. 91 young mothers and expecting mothers are being supported through their housing stabilization program.
- Street Haven at the Crossroads provides crucial services for women who are at risk of becoming homeless. Last year, they served 444 women at their 50-bed emergency shelter, where they provided safety, food, and access to other support programs like computer access and counselling services.
- Swan Vancouver promotes the rights, health, and safety of immigrant women engaged in sex work through front-line service and advocacy. Last year, they served 536 women, filed 13 abuser alerts, and distributed over 500,000 condoms.
- Dixon Transition Society works to provide a safe haven for women and children affected by domestic violence. They provide transitional housing, counselling, and a continuum of service that helps women and children escape and live free from violence. Last year, they helped 488 clients and provided over 1,300 hours of counselling.
These charities need your support to continue their crucial work for women in Canada. Support the Women and Girls Fund by making a one-time donation, or support them year-round by adding it to your Give portfolio.