Caroline Barker

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The Effects of it All

That being said, here’s the thing: I don’t always use my voice to call these things out. I fear being shut down. I fear being told I’m wrong. I fear white people with more power than me will not only tune me out, but encourage others to follow suit.

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Reconciliation: See Me; Hear Me; Understand Me

Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we’re launching a mini blog series from guest blogger and YWCA Cambridge employee Tara Kleinsteuber exploring Truth and Reconciliation and her own story of moving through the world as an Indigenous person. Before I attended YWCA Canada’s Annual Membership Meeting, I was told how powerful the movement was, and …

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Walk a Mile is More Relevant Than Ever

It’s been ten years and the issue of gender-based violence still lingers. According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner, and Canadians collectively spend $7.4 billion in dealing with the aftermath of spousal violence alone. According to the same report, “half of women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.”

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She Talks 2019 Profile: Wazhma Frogh

When I was around 13 years of age, I used to take care of child with autism whose mother was our landlord. There are two women who have impacted me heavily. One is my mother and I always struggled not to be like her, obedient and silent. The second was the mother of that child who taught me in an early age that if women speak up louder, they will be heard.

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