COVID-19 is a crisis unlike any other. It has hit women hardest with jobs lost and women taking on more unpaid work than they already were for their kids as well as their elders.
Women are the majority of those on the front lines of the fight against COVID. That includes nurses, of course, but also personal support workers, other health care workers, child care workers, food sector workers and social workers.
Women’s organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet, there is still a lot of work to do to ensure they have the resources they need to continue their important work.
That’s why MP Majid Jowhari, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced an investment of $213,350 for the Yellow Brick House. The funding will enhance their organizational capacity so they can continue their important work of supporting abused women and their children, and promoting social and systemic change in Richmond Hill and York Region.
“At the Yellow Brick House, we offer shelter, counselling and supportive services to families 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and we are often operating at capacity,” said Lorris Herenda, executive director of Yellow Brick House. “We deeply appreciate this funding from the Government of Canada, which will allow us to improve our organizational capacity to better serve those in need of our services.”
Yellow Brick House is one of more than 250 women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women across Canada receiving funding under Women and Gender Equality Canada’s Capacity-building Fund. This investment stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across the country.