International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we dedicate our podcast to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on women facing an abusive relationship. We also review how women are trapped with their abusers, especially migrant women that do not have access to resources. Click here to listen.

If you or someone you know is being abused, you can contact The Assaulted Women’s Helpline:

  • GTA: 416.863.0511
  • GTA TTY: 416.364.8762
  • TOLL-FREE: 1.866.863.0511
  • TOLL-FREE TTY: 1.866.863.7868
  • #SAFE (#7233): On your Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus mobile phone

Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!

As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women, especially domestic violence, intensified – in some countries, calls to helplines have increased five-fold.

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls, will focus on amplifying the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls.

This year’s theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”.Like in previous years, this year’s International Day will mark the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2020, which is International Human Rights Day.

Several public events are being coordinated for this year’s International Day. Iconic buildings and landmarks will be ‘oranged’ to recall the need for a violence-free future.

» More details: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
(UN Website)

Are you having challenges finding house?

Our upcoming webinar, “Housing Needs for Immigrants,” will focus on one of the main challenges for newcomers, housing.

Join us and find useful information related to this issue. Through this informative session you can learn about:

  • Types of Housing
  • Sharing a Budget
  • Where and How to search
  • Viewing the apartment
  • Rental applications
  • Signing the rental contract
  • Moving supports
  • Your rights and responsibilities
  • Resources

You can also check the following document for more information:

Video: How to read food date labels and packaging

In this video session we provide information about:

  1. Difference between expiration date and best-before date
  2. Food safety once a food has passed the best-before date
  3. Recognize the amount of food that is unnecessarily wasted in Canada and feel equipped to reduce waste at home.
  4. Know the difference between the various date label terms
  5. Understand when food is safe, or not safe to eat.

Bridging Program for Students With Precarious Immigration Status

The FCJ Refugee Centre has been partnering with the Pro Bono Students Osgoode Chapter since 2011. Since September 2018, a group of students from the CARL U of T Chapter joined our efforts to support us as well. For this coming year, in September 2020 the Pro Bono U of T Chapter will be part of our program.

The Uprooted Peoples Protection Program provides information for refugee claimants and non-status people, including conducting research on country conditions and other immigration and refugee issues, assistance with filling out legal forms, conducting in-person sessions for people looking for immigration information.

Students focus their work in assisting clients to complete their Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations applications for Permanent Residence. Another unique aspect of this program is the provision of information specifically to people who have had their refugee claim denied, but are unable to return to their country.

This comprehensive team works to support them in any and all ways possible with their refugee appeal.



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