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Pressure of unachievable beauty standards, threatening long term potential, starts in girls as young as nine
November 12, 2013 – From the overt body shaming of Hollywood actors like Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Duham, to the impossible standards set by photoshopped images in magazines, the pressure for perfection is undeniable. A new study from the Canadian Women’s Foundation reveals that Canadian girls are the latest casualties of a culture that continues to erode the female gender’s self-esteem by promoting an image of beauty that is unrealistic. Girls between the ages of nine and 16 face body shaming and lack of confidence at more than double the rate of young boys.
August 28, 2013 - The Lise Watier Foundation and the Canadian Women's Foundation announced today their partnership to help empower 1,500 low-income women in Canada on their journey out of poverty. Through a financial commitment of more than $300,000 over three years, the Lise Watier Foundation will help the Canadian Women's Foundation to fund 17 life-changing programs across Canada designed especially for women to learn a skilled trade, start a small business, or get work experience.
National Omnibus reveals that Canadians still blame women for being sexually assaulted
July 9, 2013 – With summer in full swing, Canadians have packed away their sweaters and are enjoying drinks on the patio. However, according to a new survey* conducted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, many Canadians believe that women need to be careful about what they wear and how much alcohol they consume - 19 per cent of the respondents believe that women may provoke or encourage sexual assault when they are drunk. Of these, nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) were people between 18 and 34 years old.
Donations will benefit emergency shelters and community violence prevention programs
May 29, 2013 – Women and men across Canada have raised $2.5 million during the Canadian Women’s Foundation 9th Annual Campaign to End Violence Against Women. The campaign, organized in partnership with Winners, HomeSense and Rogers Media, is Canada’s largest national fundraising campaign dedicated to raising funds to support shelters and programs that help women in abusive situations.
New Canadian Women’s Foundation research also indicates Canadians believe children and economic dependency additional reasons why a woman may not leave an abusive partner
April 23, 2013 - A new national omnibus† for the Canadian Women’s Foundation shows approximately three-quarters of Canadians believe having children (75%), economic dependency (74%) and having nowhere to go (73%) may influence a woman’s decision to stay in an abusive relationship.
April 15, 2013 The Canadian Women’s Foundation has launched its 9th annual campaign to end violence against women. Conducted in partnership with Winners, HomeSense and Rogers Media, the initiative raises funds to support more than 445 shelters for abused women and their children, as well as community violence prevention programs that help break the cycle of violence.
National Omnibus for the Canadian Women’s Foundation shows 90 per cent of Canadians believe exposure to unrealistic images of women in advertising is a problem for girls growing up in Canada