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They face different kinds of economic and social challenges, which require different kinds of solutions.
Although women and girls in Canada have come a long way in the last few decades, far too many are still trapped by violence, poverty, and rigid stereotypes that limit their potential.
Eight-three percent of the victims of police-reported domestic violence are women. More than one million single mothers in Canada are raising their children in poverty. Girls are bombarded by highly sexualized media images of females—these messages have been linked to serious mental health issues for girls like eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression.
Over the last twenty years, we’ve learned these complex economic and social problems can’t be solved with a “gender-neutral” approach. That’s why we invest in programs that recognize the reality of women’s role as primary family care-giver, the long-term effects of domestic violence, and the negative impact of rigid gender stereotypes.
For example, you can’t move a woman out of poverty just by teaching her to write a resume, as some other programs try. She might first need help meeting basic needs like food and shelter for her children. Before accepting a job, she will likely need help finding affordable childcare. Some women find their families are hostile to the idea of them becoming more financially independent, and need help learning to negotiate these tensions. Living with domestic violence can destroy women’s self-esteem—they often need help learning to believe they are capable of success.
The journeys out of poverty, out of violence, and into confidence are complex. That’s why we invest in programs designed especially for women and girls.
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