Canada’s first ever women’s economic abuse and injustice summit urges financial institutions to do more to help survivors

“We need to have programs and policies that enable women to thrive and then survive so they can build.”

Why It Matters

Ninety-three per cent of women’s abusers withheld money they needed for food, clothes, and other necessities. Creating access to banking accounts, loans, and emergency funds will help survivors leave their abusers for good.

Content warning: This story mentions domestic abuse. 

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“For many men, for many perpetrators, it’s a strategy. And then of course, it’s control. For a woman, it’s very hard to prove. But once you leave, you will be in bankruptcy.”

Easy to hide and difficult to recover from — Meseret Haileyesus is talking about the harsh reality of domestic economic abuse. 

As the founder of the Canadian Center for Women’s Empowerment (CCFWE) and a survivor of economic abuse herself, Haileyesus knows how taxing it is to endure and finally leave a financially abusive relationship.

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