It’s International Women’s Day, and to be honest, I’m not feeling it. I’m not feeling it from a personal perspective, because I was laid off from my cherished paying gig yesterday (alongside many other people, most of whom are women.) I seriously loved that job, which involved helping people, and I will miss my generous, caring colleagues. That job increased my self-confidence and helped me grow in so many ways.
On a more objective level, the headlines and statistics about violence against women, as well as constant reminders of the wage gap between males and females, get in the way of any celebratory mood I might have been in today.
So I’ve decided to just post a list of some of the hard working organizations that are dedicated to supporting women in our community. Please donate, if you can. Thank you.
Cornerstone Housing for Women provides a continuum of housing and support for women and gender-diverse people that is inclusive and reduces barriers.
Dress for Success Ottawa empowers women and gender nonconforming individuals to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive.
Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa works with young and adult women who have been or may become criminalized, to reduce harm and oppression, and to contribute to a healthy community.
Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a community based agency serving immigrant and racialized women.
Interval House of Ottawa provides a safe place for women to create their future.
iSisters is a low-cost, high-impact charity that mentors disadvantaged women, girls and gender diverse people with free skills development programs about computers, the internet and getting a job. Related: iSisters is looking for a new, full time Executive Director.
Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women unites organizations and individuals in the Ottawa region who are working to end gender-based violence.
Youville Centre helps young mums to create a brighter future for themselves and their children.