Women in Leadership and Democratic Participation
A balanced distribution of men and women at all levels of decision making is essential to a fair and democratic society. Gender equality and diversity in positions of leadership are associated with better management, increased availability of skilled employees, stronger employee engagement and higher productivity.
Women's Personal Security
Anyone can be a victim of violence, however women and girls, as well as members of the LGBTQ2 community and non-binary people, face a greater risk of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. Violence can have impacts on a person’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, which can span generations. Discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence in the workplace can also have profoundly negative effects on all aspects of the victim’s life.
An abuser maintains power and control through the use of intimidation, isolation, humiliation, blame or physical violence to make you go along with everything he says and does. Despite what many people believe, domestic violence and abuse is not about the abuser’s loss of control over his behaviour – it’s a deliberate choice made by the abuser in order to control you.
Neighbours, Friends and Families is a public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of violence against women so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help. Neighbours, Friends and Families represents a significant shift in our approach to ending woman abuse. It engages the power of everyday relationships to help keep women and their children safe.
The National Inquiry’s Final Report reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The two volume report calls for transformative legal and social changes to resolve the crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) was created to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy. Not just for a few years, but forever. Officially opening in the summer of 2015, the NCTR will be the permanent home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).
The overarching goal of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability is to establish a visible and national focus on social and state responses to femicide in Canada. In doing so, part of our activities is to also understand variations in the occurrence of femicide across the country. We know that the rates and characteristics of femicide in general and across its various subtypes are not the same in all provinces and territories. Here we demonstrate this variation and provide sources of information where more detailed information can be found.
Kelly Tallon Franklin is the founder of Courage for Freedom, a Canadian-based organization who exists to educate, train and certify front-line and community service providers on proven strategies and prevention tactics serves vulnerable victims of human trafficking and sexually exploited girls.
Women in Education and Skills Development
Every person should have opportunity to make choices about their education based on their interests, aptitudes and economic goals, regardless of gender. In addition, the knowledge-based economy demands a skilled, adoptable and diversified workforce to support Simcoe County competitiveness and prosperity.
SMWDB partners with organizations in our community to address high priority workforce development issues at the local level. On any specific partnership project or event, it may act as lead partner, co-lead partner or be involved in a steering or advisory committee role. SMWDB can also provide information and support to proposals for new initiatives and programs where a need has been identified.
XcelerateHER empowers women entrepreneurs with support and resources to help them start, grow or scale their business and overcome barriers and challenges they face in today’s economy. A coalition of leading women entrepreneurs and community partners launched XcelerateHer to unite women entrepreneurs and connect them to the support and resources available in the central Ontario entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The root causes of ill health among women are linked to gender inequality such as gender role conflicts, heavy workloads at home and in the workplace, higher levels of poverty, and barriers to community resources.
The Gilbert Centre takes a broad, social determinants approach to their work that is based in social justice, health equity and human rights. They see to engage individuals, families, organizations, institutions and communities as partners and collaborators in the work they undertake.
For more than 100 years, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been developing revolutionary advances in healthcare and we continue to build on this rich legacy established by our founders – courageous pioneers who refused to accept the status quo. Today our hospital is still shaped by leaders who break down barriers in the pursuit of equity and excellence for the 21st century.
The primary role of a public health unit in Ontario is to improve the health and well-being of the whole population through the promotion and protection of health and the prevention of illness. We do this by delivering a variety of programs and services designed to improve the health of the residents of Simcoe Muskoka.
“You may have been a victim of obstetric violence without even knowing what the term means. It’s all about consent, communication and respect during your prenatal care and in the delivery room. Here’s how Canadian activists are working towards obstetric justice for anyone who gives birth.”
Women in the Workforce and Economic Security
Advancing women’s economic participation drives economic growth and boosts the income of Simcoe County families. Increased income leads to economic independence and greater financial security for individuals and their families.
In the final report and recommendations of the “Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee” one of the recommendations is “share the care” to aim to support all types of families in balancing care giving and work. Working families need family-work policies and programs that reflect the current realities of child and elder care in Ontario.
SMWDB, together with local thought leaders, regularly engages with our communities to identify local issues and examine them in the context of available labour market data. This process builds an evidence-based foundation for a strategic framework, which can highlight emerging trends in our local labour market and propose actions that will address these concerns.
Business Professional Women of Barrie are looking specifically at the living realities of women in Barrie right now, having women in change-making positions is key. Research shows that financial performance and corporate governance (accountability, fairness, transparency, assurance, leadership, etc.) are improved when women are on boards and in leadership positions. We know there are real barriers to women’s involvement and participation in leadership positions but I want work to eliminate those barriers and empower women to be change makers.
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