YWCA Cambridge Blog
Giving a voice to the needs of women, girls and non-binary and two-spirit youth in our community through innovate, inclusive and responsive programs, services and advocacy
“Making spaces safe and inclusive is everybody’s business,” said YWCA Cambridge Executive Director Kim Decker. “This conference is one attempt by us, the City of Cambridge and Conestoga College to put action behind our own words of believing in a better society for everyone.”
I heard once that for years and years there can be these barely perceptible shifts, and then one day, bam. Earthquake. I saw this conference like that: a way for all these community members with different lived experiences to come together and for us all to collectively tear down barriers still hindering so many of our neighbours. I needed it to be like that.
Many of the women in the group are survivors, coming from many different walks of life and backgrounds, all suffering loss on some level, drawn together by circumstance, driven by purpose. In the program, we are encouraged and given the opportunity to share as much or as little as we want. But we learn quickly that we are not alone on our journeys.