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Safer and Stronger Women Project

ACSA Newcomers' Centre has received funding from the Canadian Women's Foundation through funding from  the Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)  to implement the Safer and Stronger Women Project, an initiative that aims to increase the capacity of service providers to address needs emerging out of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help address, prevent and reduce gender-based violence.   We hope to serve Black, refugee, non-status, racialized and immigrant/migrant women and girls on this project.  

Major Components of the Project:

(a) Capacity building:  Increase knowledge and enhance capacity of ACSA staff and its partners, on gender-based violence, trauma-informed care, crisis intervention, service navigation of complex systems around gender violence, including immigration, criminal justice, housing, social services, financial supports, etc. By helping service providers increase their knowledge and skills to respond to gender based violence, we are able to support women/girls more effectively.

(b) Crisis Intervention: We will provide information and referral, short-term and brief crisis counselling for women/girls and engage them in a helping process using a trauma-informed service delivery model.   

(c) Wrap Around supports:  We will connect clients to other programs and services from within ACSA to provide wrap around services such as housing support,  access to food security programs, language training, settlement counseling, skills training, etc.  

(d) Micro-Grant:  We provide micro-grant support to survivors of gender-based violence and to those who are still in crisis situations to help them with their needs such as paying for immigration fees to restore/extend/renew their immigration status, credentials assessment to continue their studies, 3rd party language tests in order to apply for permanent residency, partial payment for rent, utility and celphone bills, etc. Referral from a service provider is preferrable but we also have our own intake process to determine eligibility. 

This November, join us in our call to action for #25DaysofActivism as we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  This initiative has been inspired by the #16DaysofActivism initiated by the United Nations Women (UN Women), an annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day, to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Calendar of Events:

November 2 (2:00-3:30pm) - Webinar of Family Law led by Douglas Millstone, Family Lawyer. Register here

November 12 - Webinar on Power Imbalance in Spousal Sponsorship and Sponsorship Undertaking (Myths and Facts) led by Matthew Smith, Staff Lawyer at the Scarborough Community Legal Services. Registration link will be posted soon. 

November 17 - Afghan Families Meet and Greet (in-person event)

November 25 - International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Visit our social media to join our awareness raising about gender-based violence

Instagram: @newcomerscentre | Twitter: @ACSANewcomers | Facebook: Newcomers' Centre


For more information please contact:

Shaden Jebahi, Project Lead

Safer and Stronger Women Project

Telephone: (416) 292-6912 ext. 335



Manizha Hakimi, Community Support Worker

Safer and Stronger Women Project

Telephone: (416) 292-6912 ext. 332



LANGUAGES AVAILABLE TO SERVE YOU BETTER: Arabic, Cantonese, Dari, Hindi, Panjabi, Pashto, Malayalam, Mandarin, Persian, Sinhala, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu



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