SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
- Participation in two panels; one on human trafficking and the other on sexual exploitation, organized by the En Marche movement during the World Social Forum and at Dawson College.
- Two presentations at McGill University as part of Professor Armistead’s course entitled “Issues in Women’s Health.”
- Meeting with the US consulate on human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
- Active participation in the committee for 12 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women and organization of several activities from November 25 to December 6, including:
- 2 Days of Action launch at Touski restaurant;
- request to light the Olympic Park Tower and City Hall;
- theme day on sexual consent;
- commemoration of the Polytechnique massacre and unveiling of a mural to raise awareness about violence against women.
- Participation in the YWCA Canada’s Everyday. Everybody. campaign during YWCA Canada’s Week Without Violence.
- Participation in the Histoires de Paix campaign organized by the Tools of Peace network.
- Participation in the federal government’s round-table discussion on the elaboration of the Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
- Brief submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women for their study on violence against women and girls in Canada.
- Hosting of the Quebec government’s sexual violence prevention strategy launch.
- Participation in the panel entitled “Creating a Better Online Culture: Developing Strategies Together,” organized by the Concordia University Sexual Assault Resource Centre and Atwater Library.
- Consultations for the forum on family violence organized by the Peace Grantmakers Network.
The Fight against Homelessness
- Support for the Réseau d’aide pour les personnes seules et itinérantes de Montréal (RAPSIM) campaign for funds to address various homelessness issues and to boost provincial funding for non-profit organizations.
Social and Gender Equality
- Participation in the YWCA Canada’s advocacy committee
- Organization of, and participation in, a number of activities for International Women’s Day, including:
- Montreal premiere of the play SEVEN (theatrical reading);
- Femmes et des
mauxmots exhibition at the Atrium of BAnQ Vieux-Montréal;
- Launch of our top ten reads 10 récits d’héroïnes qui osent et font réfléchir;
- Official launch of the Je mets mes culottes campaign.
- Training sessions on gender-based analysis (GBA) and female dropouts for YMCA Pointe-Saint-Charles staff working with youth at risk of dropping out.
- Submission of a brief as part of the public consultations on Montreal’s social development policy.
- Submission of a brief as part of the consultations on Montreal’s downtown strategy.
- Participation in the round-table discussion to guide the creation of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy with Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development.
- Participation in numerous committees on issues surrounding the redevelopment of the former site of the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the social and community development of the Peter-McGill neighbourhood.
- Submission of a brief as part of the consultations on the redevelopment of the site of the former Montreal Children’s Hospital.
- Participation in Centraide’s March of 1,000 Umbrellas.
- Participation in Bell’s Let’s Talk Day via an awareness and information campaign on mental health.
- Participation in Quebec Mental Health Week:
- Organization of a lecture on compassionate fatigue and vicarious trauma;
- Organization of a lecture on maintaining balance when a loved one is suffering;
- Participation in the CIUSSS Centre-Sud issue table on mental health.
TAKING ACTION WHERE IT COUNTS
Somewhat disadvantaged: material and social
Very disadvantaged: material
Very disadvantaged: social
Slightly disadvantaged: material and social
WHO ARE THEY?
The roughly 7,800 women, girls, and boys who benefited directly from YWCA Montreal’s programs and services in 2016-2017 were aged from just a few months to 88 years old. Some 62% of them immigrated to Montreal. They all live in the Montreal area and, as shown on this map,1 they are mainly from highly disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
8,52 % Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
4,68 % Mercier / Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
9,47 % Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
4,33 % Le Sud-Ouest
10,94 % Montréal-Nord
12,35 % Saint-Laurent
11,08 % Saint-Léonard
13,01 % Ville-Marie
12,46 % Villeray / Saint-Michel / Parc-Extension
Assez défavorisé : matériel + social
Très défavorisé : matériel
Très défavorisé : social
Peu défavorisé : matériel + social