Western University
March 08, 2018

The relationship between child welfare systems and homelessness is becoming clearer, with almost 60% of youth who experience homelessness in Canada having had contact with the child welfare system. Inadequate supports through the transition out of care can become a pathway into homelessness for...

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
March 07, 2018
Tags: women

Without a doubt, homelessness is a devastating and extremely stressful experience, as basic needs like food, shelter, medical care and safety would be difficult to obtain while unhoused. According to the State of Homelessness 2016, at least 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year, and 27 percent of them are women...

A Way Home Canada
July 19, 2017

Reproductive health deals with the reproductive processes, functions and system at all stages of life. Although reproductive health is a universal concern, certain groups face inequalities when accessing healthcare. Socioeconomic status, education level, age, ethnicity and religion can all have an influence on how individuals maintain their reproductive health. As a result, people experiencing homelessness who are...

YWCA of Calgary
October 14, 2016

The YWCA is the largest and longest serving women’s organization in Calgary. We offer programs that create a continuum of service for women, and their families who are struggling with poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse and isolation. Through our 105 year history, we recognize the need to change and modify our programs to the ever evolving needs of women in our community. Our focus is on empowering women to move from a place of vulnerability to...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
October 03, 2016
Categories: Topics

October 2nd marks the International Day of Non-Violence, an initiative by the United Nations that seeks to disseminate the message of non-violence through education and public awareness, in the hopes of securing a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence. In honour of this initiative, it is critical to identify the multitude of ways violence manifests in our lives. One...

Western University
September 27, 2016
Tags: CAEH16, women

Media Folder: Media RootResponding to the call for support from the ONE Campaign, Prime Minister Trudeau wrote, “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am writing back to let you know that I wholeheartedly agree: Poverty is Sexist.” Evidence supporting this assertion is overwhelming: women are more likely to experience poverty...
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
July 29, 2016
Categories: Ask the Hub

This question came from Margaret A. via our latest website survey.

I’m glad that this question has been asked because it touches on an incredibly important issue. Indigenous Peoples are over-represented in the homeless population in general, and Indigenous women are homeless in much greater numbers than...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
October 30, 2015
Categories: Ask the Hub

Our question this week comes from Tabitha Maria G. in our latest website survey: Why are women fleeing violence in traditional housing considered housed when in fact they're at imminent risk of homelessness?

How people are assessed (housed vs. not housed) depends on what definition of homelessness someone is working with. For example, some people think that only people living on streets or staying in shelters can be considered homeless. As Tabitha is pointing out, people in...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
March 25, 2015
Tags: women, poverty

Gender, race, and social status are all factors that play a critical role in determining who is poor. Across Canada, women are more likely to live in conditions of poverty than men. The below infographic, produced by the Canadian Women's Foundation, displays some startling facts about the high rate of poverty among women.

Single mothers

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
December 03, 2014

While there has been progress in the women’s movement, there remains a devastating gap between how men and women are treated. Women and young girls continue to be subjected to a devastatingly high amounts of violence. The movement for women's rights is international in its scope. This year, United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites individuals to “Orange” their neighbourhood....


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