Do You See Me?

So, rather than asking “do you see me?” in the physical sense, I ask “would you think of me?” Would you think of me the next time someone says “we don’t have Indigenous people around here”? This is a question I want you to keep in your heart.

A recent close-up of Tara's face

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 …

Reconciliation: See Me; Hear Me; Understand Me Read More »

Pride rainbow flag blowing in the wind against the sky

Be Proud, but Stay Loud

Despite all the progressive policies in Canada today, there are still so many risks to being anything but cisgendered and heterosexual and out. According to Statistics Canada 2014 General Social Survey, “for every 1,000 cisgendered, heterosexual Canadians, 69 reported they had been the victim of either sexual assault, physical assault or robbery. That number jumps to 142 for lesbian and gay Canadians and is even higher for bisexual Canadians at 267.

Group of men walking while wearing red high heels. Picture taken from side view.

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.”

Wazma Frogh headshot

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.

Scroll to Top