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The Women’s Advocacy Council’s long-term vision is to eliminate the gender gap in public and private spheres.

Out of 26 major cities in Canada, Barrie, Ontario ranked the worst city to be a woman in 2019

*The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2019 Katherine Scott – Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives*.  Click Here

Born out of this report, the Women’s and Children’s Shelter of Barrie submitted to Women and Gender Equality Canada a proposal for the creation of the Women’s Advocacy Council. In the fall of 2019 the forming of the Women’s Advocacy started to form.

Our Goal

To advocate for advancement, increase opportunities, equality and freedoms for all women and girls through social movement, awareness and democratic activism. To lead initiatives to close the gender gaps of women and girls in the Barrie and surrounding areas. The Council will advocate for measurable, sustainable and positive changes in the status of women in Ontario.

Meet the Team

Teresa MacLennan

Executive Director

Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie

Sarah Cunningham

Project Coordinator

Women’s Advocacy Council

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Katie Taylor

Development Manager

Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie

Women’s Advocacy Council

Sara Tuck

Georgian College

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Shelly Skinner

Founder

Uplift Black 

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Kaela Affrunti

Indigenous Bail Supervisor

Barrie Native Friendship Centre

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Isabelle Desfossés

Le Centre Colibri, Centre des femmes francophones du Comté de Simcoe

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Charlene Scime

Principal

Simcoe County District School Board

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Joanne Bullock

Executive Board Member

Business and Professional Women of Barrie

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Kellie Leeder

Women’s Health Coordinator

Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services

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Tami Tarini

Director of Service Excellence and Innovation

Independent Living Services of Simcoe County and Area

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Lisa Harripersad

RSW, MSW

Simcoe County District School Board

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Ann-Marie Kungl

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Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

Vice Provost for Indigenous Initiatives

Lakehead University

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Today, on May 5th, 2021, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), the Women’s Advocacy Council and the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie honours all Indigenous mothers, daughters, aunties, sisters, grandmothers, nieces and cousins. On this day of national importance, we can honour the MMIWG by embracing and supporting community healing.

As part of the events on Red Dress Day across the country, an emphasis on the document Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and calls to action. (www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Final_Report_Vol_1a-1.pdf) We encourage our community to read along with our Local Municipality, Provincial government and Federal government to put the Master list of Recommendations into action and take the time to read the recommendations, it can be found at (www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/National-Inquiry-Master-List-of-Report-Recommendati...)
There are believed to be over 5,000 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls across Canada. Reclaiming Power and Place characterized the crisis as a "colonial genocide” in Canada. When we incorporate race-based violence and discrimination within the healthcare, child welfare, policing and justice systems these stem from the same structures of colonization of Indigenous people. When we look at the deaths throughout residential schools, residential day schools, 60’s scoop and millennial scoops, the number of Indigenous deaths tolls rise.

Indigenous artist Jamie Black brings awareness to the violence Indigenous women face who originally established Red Dress Day. Black began the tradition with an art installation in Winnipeg that saw red dresses hung as a reminder of those who have gone missing because of domestic and sexual violence.

The day serves to honour the memory of those who are missing and murdered. May 5th is to take action, to address the crisis of our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

Sarah Cunningham, Women’s Advocacy Council Coordinator states: “Indigenous women are 12 times more likely to be murdered than Any Women in Canada; Indigenous Women are 7 times more likely to be targeted by Serial Killers. The FemicideInCanada.ca in their report last year indicated 160 women murdered in Canada by gendered based violence. Out of the 160 women killed in Canada, only 128 women’s race/ethnicity documented. Out of the 128-documented races/ethnicity, 30 Indigenous Women reported killed by gendered base violence. This translates to 1 in 5 women murdered last year were Indigenous women. Indigenous women only make up 3-4% of the population in Canada. Last year in 2020, Indigenous women represented 23% of the women killed in Canada. May 5th we honor Our Indigenous women and girls today and always, nor will we forget those taken too soon from us, in our Communities and families. I encourage everyone to read the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: Reclaiming Power and Place the Final Report Volume 1a and 1b along with the Master list of recommendations. We can no longer deny Women and Children safety and security. We need space to protect and support all women and children who experience any forms of violence. ”

Today we encourage our communities to reach out to inform and educate ourselves about the systemic causes of all forms of Violence, we will end Violence in Canada only together can we do this.

If you know a woman experiencing violence, please contact the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie Crisis line at 705-728-2544. We are available 24/7. You can visit www.barrieshelter.com for more information.
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The existence of inequality and bias is rising all over the world. The need to create meaningful, lasting change and impact is only growing stronger.
Today Sandbox Centre launches the Equity Sequence™ Program!
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Today, on May 5th, 2021, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), the Women’s Advocacy Council honours all Indigenous women and girls.
#RedDress #MMIWG #EndTheViolence #ReadNationalInquiryFinalReportMMIWG

Sandbox Centre Presents The Equity Sequence™ Program: Perspectives On Diversity, Equity & Inclusion . https://fb.watch/599anh1OdF/ via @FacebookWatch

#Barrie don't miss this opportunity! @cityofbarrie @simcoecounty @women_advocacy @EngageBarrie the ON gov @JillDunlop1 #onpoli is now accepting public input. Let's strengthen municipal codes of conduct. Who's with me? #kunglcares Please RT https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61154/ontario-now-accepting-public-feedback-to-strengthen-municipal-codes-of-conduct

“...women remain underrepresented at all levels of government...increased representation is necessary to achieve greater social, economic and political outcomes”

#electHER panel discussion May 11 w area's female politicians to encourage women in gov’t https://www.collingwoodtoday.ca/the-blue-mountains-and-grey-highlands/areas-female-politicians-encouraging-mentoring-more-women-to-run-for-government-3657125

Highlighting community change-maker & ⁦@georgiancollege⁩ student Jasmine Botter, taking the lead to make downtown Barrie a safer place, particularly for women & girls ⁦@women_advocacy⁩ https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/10378393-georgian-college-student-s-petition-sparks-bright-spot-safety-measures-in-downtown-barrie/

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