Blog Posts from October, 2014

Diwali, an illuminating festival celebrated in Vancouver

Vibrant colour, delicious food and energetic music and dance -- Metro Vancouver celebrates a cultural extravaganza this week: Diwali, the festival of...

Get creative with these awesome Halloween costume ideas for kids

With Halloween around the corner it’s time to think about costumes! But before you fall back on that Sleeping Beauty costume for your five-year-old...

Staying Safe after Leaving

Myth: It will get better if you leave him Reality: It’s not that easy. For many women, the violence escalates after leaving Abuse is about power and...

Economic independence and security

In our last blog, we talked about the importance of finding support for women leaving an abusive partner and the multiple barriers they face in...

Obstacles, roadblocks and detours

Many women who experience violence from an intimate partner will agree with Beverly Gooden that leaving him is a process, not an event. And sometimes...

The challenges of leaving abuse: child and family protection

Read the first part of our series of Barriers to Leaving Abusive Relationships on Emotional Turmoil here . Myth: A woman should just take her...

Abuse isn’t always black and blue: emotional barriers to leaving abuse

This is the first of a series of posts from our #NotThatEasy campaign. Stay tuned this week as we talk more about the barriers women face when trying...

Is feminism trendy? Gender equality and the celebrity halo effect

From Karl Lagerfeld to Emma Watson, celebrities seem to be lining up to endorse feminism, but is the so-called celebrity halo effect good for the...

Hi-Y reunion brings together YWCA youth programs, past and present

Do you remember the Hi-Y Club? These social clubs aimed at school-aged children had their roots in early YMCA / YWCA youth programs. Hi-Y clubs were...