Gender Matters: We Can Do Better


Yesterday, around the world, we celebrated International Women’s Day. I usually reflect on this day about the many incredible and resilient women I have had the privilege to get to know over the years from My Sisters’ Place.  This year, I found myself reflecting and feeling some grief and anger.

Late last week we were notified by the City of London that they would no longer fund My Sisters’ Place as part of their Housing First/Homelessness Prevention Strategy through the federal government’s Homeless Partnering Strategy funding. (They continue to receive $75,000 a year through the Community Homeless Prevention Initiative). This means we now rely on fundraising for 87% of the operating budget of My Sisters’ Place.

My Sisters’ Place began ten years ago when women of lived experience, service providers and community members got together to try to figure out how so many marginalized women in our community were falling through…

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