Making Voices Count
Making Voices Count educates and encourages people living on low incomes to vote in government elections. Between election cycles, it advocates for socially just policies at the municipal level.
The program is driven by residents, CAWI, the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres (CHRC) and community partners. Its Civic Engagement Table meets monthly to learn, share and plan for action. We focus on poverty reduction, housing, equitable transportation, food security and childcare.
Making Voices Count has inspired many residents to vote and bring their concerns to City councillors. It’s also changing the status quo in election races. Candidates are learning they can improve their campaign and leadership by listening to people from low-income communities.
Making Voices Count’s past wins include:
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Read our Making Voices Count toolkit
NEXT MEETING: Making Voices Count meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1:30 pm to 3 pm. Go to our events page.
Source: Statistics Canada
Maamawe: Women Reducing Poverty Together
Maamawe means ‘together’ in Algonquin. The project brings together residents, women’s organizations and the violence against women sector. We learn about and advocate on issues affecting women and non-binary people who have experienced violence, including housing.
Maamawe uses an intersectional feminist lens to explore the diverse experiences of women, girls, non-binary and gender-non-conforming folks. Funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada, the project connects women leaders from across Canada to contribute to a national action plan on gender equality.
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Read our Housing: Women at Risk handout
NEXT MEETING: Maamawe: Women Reducing Poverty Together meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30 pm to 3 pm. Go to our events page.
Women’s Action Committee
Our Women’s Action Committee helps CAWI work closely with communities and set our advocacy direction. It does this by:
- Listening to concerns raised by women and residents at our Women’s Action Forums. Identifying and planning action to address these concerns.
- Staying informed of policy developments that affect women, girls, non-binary and gender-non-conforming people. Advising CAWI on which issues to advocate on and how.
- Attending City Council meetings and communicating with City Hall, including making deputations.
Women’s Action Forums
Twice a year, our Women’s Action Committee hosts Women’s Action Forums at City Hall. These are large gatherings where we discuss and act on specific topics. Our past forums have included action on anti-Black racism, housing for diverse women, Islamophobia, and electing women as leaders. We welcome you to attend!
NEXT FORUM: Our next forum hasn’t been scheduled yet. Go to our events page.