In 2022, the rollback of women’s rights made headlines around the world and it was hard not to be disheartened by the feeling of the ground shifting under us. But as we mark International Women’s Day 2023, we see signs of stabilization and the emergence of new pathways to regain yesterday's losses and set ambitious goals for the coming year.
Sexually and gender diverse youth in Canada are reported to be more prone to bullying and experiencing suicidal thoughts. Since most youth spend time in primary and secondary schools across the country, studies recommend making schools more inclusive towards 2SLGBTQ+ students to reduce the harm they experience.
More than 6.2 million Canadians live with a disability, putting them at a greater risk of living in poverty. Meanwhile, two thirds of organizations serving those with disabilities are at risk of closing down in the next three years.
Despite knowing how to address the systemic gaps in their community the most, Black-led projects that counter anti-Black racism are often underfunded by Canadian philanthropy. It’s only now, during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement that people are beginning to be more invested in the work committed by these groups.
Trans communities are facing increasing hate and have few options for institutional funding. A new $1.5 million fund aims to give trans-serving organizations a much-needed injection of capital and catalyze additional philanthropic investment in this sector.
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