COVID-19: How Your Support Helps Women and Girls During the Pandemic

Author: Anuradha Dugal

Anuradha Dugal

Anuradha Dugal is the Director of Community Initiatives & Policy at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has served various roles for more than a decade at the Foundation, having previously been the Director of Violence Prevention Programs and, before that, a Board Member and Chair of the Violence Prevention Committee. Anuradha also sits on Minister Monsef's Advisory Council on Gender-based Violence and is a member of the Conseil des Montrealaises. As well as being a fierce advocate for all who identify as women and girls, she is the mother to three boys who she is trying to raise to be feminists. And she still finds time occasionally to enjoy gardening, knitting, and swimming!

Strengthening Safety Online

Woman yelling at computerLike many of you, my main interaction with technology is what I find on my cell phone, my laptop and my kids’ play devices. I am not tech-savvy and I cannot be described as a geek or a nerd, except in that I wear glasses and watch Star Wars. I don’t usually worry about what lies behind the platforms, interfaces and social media sites that I waste so many important hours on. 

But recent events have opened my eyes to the huge world out there of code, engineering, design and innovation that does not usually impinge on my field of work in youth programming, healthy relationships, women’s safety and rights.

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Numbers Tell Stories Too

Woman looking out windown“I came here scared and confused, they made me realize that I am worthy of so much more." This is the voice of a woman staying at a shelter in Canada.   

The stories from Shelter Voices speak to us (Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses first pan-Canadian annual survey– part of the Global Count of Women’s Shelters) – they pull us in and make us care. I love to hear women in shelters tell us how important the services are and how much better their lives are because shelter workers are there to help them. I especially like the phrase ‘I came here a caterpillar and left a butterfly’.

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Resources for women living with violence

call 911 if in immediate danger Do you know someone who is living with violence? You are not alone. Two thirds of Canadians know a woman who has experienced physical or sexual violence.

If you know a woman who is experiencing violence or if you are experiencing violence, the below resources may be of assistance. You can also access these resources and more tips for how to help a woman who has experienced abuse in our Avon Tip Sheet.

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Do you know someone who is living with violence?

Woman looking out the windowEvery six days, another woman in Canada is murdered by her current or former partner. Every night, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in a women’s shelter or transition house because it’s not safe for them at home.

Do you know someone who is living with violence? You are not alone. Two thirds of Canadians know a woman who has experienced physical or sexual violence.

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