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Women: Know Your Facts

The splash of information below is dedicated to helping women become informed about social and political facts related to women’s wellness and gender equality. Get informed and know your rights ladies! Education is a key element of self-improvement and personal advancement. The following information will help to connect you with highly empowering woman-centered resources and Canadian programs.

Women's Rights Terminology
 
Women’s Advocacy
Activities, initiatives, or visions, which raise awareness or seek to promote women’s rights, advancement, or protection.  
 Feminism
Social movement, theory, or advocacy aimed at women’s rights and gender equality.
Equal Rights for women
Legal entitlements and social rights that are available and protected as equally for women as they are for men.
Violence Against Women (VAW)
 Violent acts, harassment, and abuse of women.
Discrimination Against Women
Any form of exclusion or restriction against women due to gender, which violates a woman’s human rights or freedoms (social, political, economical, etc.).

Child Care Fact:

Emergency Shelter Fact:

“Almost 70% of mothers with children under five are working. There are only enough regulated spaces for about 20% of 0 to 5 year olds. It’s even harder to find spaces for infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, Aboriginal and rural children. For many families, child care is the second highest expense after housing. In Ontario, families can pay between $40 and $60 a day for care. In big cities, the cost is higher.” Canadian Labour Congress Read Full Article

“On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full. “  Read Full Article

Women in Poverty Fact:

Homeless Women Fact:

“41.5% of single, widowed or divorced

women over 65 live in poverty “  Women and Poverty by Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund Read Full Article

"11,000 girls and young women ages 16-24 years old use homeless shelters each year (63% use shelters for abused women) "  YWCA Canada: Women Homelessness Facts . Read Full Article 

Lone Parents, Food Insecurity, and Violence Against Women Facts:


  • Women (8%) were found to be more likely than men (6%) to live in food-insecure households (This statistic was influenced by the fact that women are more often than men responsible for managing a lone-parent family)
  • In 2006, 20% of First Nations women over the age of 15 were lone parents
  • Police-reported data show just over 173,600 women aged 15 and older were the victims of violent crime in 2011, a rate of 1,207 victims for every 100,000 women in the Canadian population
  • In 2011, 8 in 10 victims of police-reported intimate partner violence were women

Women's Mental Health Facts:

Nearly two-thirds of diagnosed mood disorders were reported by women ( Mood disorders  include depression, bipolar disorder, mania or dysthymia)

  • Women are twice as likely as men to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during their lifetimes
  • In 2009, 45% of women and girls aged 12 and over who had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder had also been diagnosed with a mood disorder (depression, bipolar disorder, mania)
  • About 90% of people diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia are women
  • Postpartum depression effects one in seven mothers.
  • The prevalence of Post partum depression can be as high as 25% in teenage mothers
  • In 2009, 25% of women aged 15 and over reported that most of their days were “quite a bit or extremely stressful,”

  • Educational Resources for Women

    Status of Women Canada


    “Status of Women Canada works to advance equality for women by focusing its efforts in three priority areas:

    Increasing women’s economic security and prosperity;

    Encouraging women’s leadership and democratic participation; and Ending violence against women. Status of Women Canada is responsible for providing strategic policy advice and gender-based analysis support, administering the Women's Program, and promoting Commemorative Dates relating to women in Canada and is an active participant in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.” - Excerpt from Status of Women Canada Website. Read More...

    Health Canada

    Healthy Living – Just for You  Women


    “Throughout their lives - as children, in middle adulthood and as seniors - women face life conditions and health issues specific to their biology and social circumstances. A full and healthy life for women involves emotional, social, cultural, spiritual and physical well-being. For a list of resources about your health and the surrounding environment, food safety and consumer product safety, consult the Consumer Information page.” - Excerpt from Health Canada Website.  Read More...

    Canadian Labour Congres  - Women


    "The Canadian Labour Congress is committed to advancing women’s equality.

    We organize conferences, workshops and think tanks to develop our analysis of the impact of corporate and government actions on women and to develop strategies to move women’s equality forward. We lobby governments and organize campaigns to win equality rights for women. Union women work in close alliance with women’s organizations across the country." - Excerpt from Canadian Labor Congress Website. Read More...

    UN NATIONS ENTITY OF GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN


    " The main roles of UN Women are: To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms. To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society. To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress." Excerpt from UN Nations Entity of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women  Read Full Article...


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    Statistic References / more information about Canadian Women's Wellness:


    Canadian Mental Health Association . British Columbia Division . Post Partum Depression Facts 2012 (http://www.cmha.bc.ca/get-informed/mental-health-information/postpartum-depression#who)


    Government of Canada: Stats of Women Canada  (www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/rc-cr/pub/violence-canada-eng.pdf)


    Olff, M., Langeland, W. Draijer,N. Gersons, B (2007) Gender Differences in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological Bulletin Copyright 2007 by the American Psychological Association 2007, Vol. 133, No. 2, 183–204


    Statistics Canada, A Gender-based a Statistical Report: Women in Canada, July 2011 (http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=89-503-X&chropg=1&lang=eng)


    Statistics Canada Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends Edited by Maire Sinha (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11766-eng.htm)


    YWCA Canada: Women Homelessness Facts
    (http://ywcacanada.ca/data/documents/00000384.pdf)

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