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Women and Girls

Persistent systemic barriers continue to hinder the progress of women and girls in the fight for equity. The disparities are particularly pronounced among racialized women and those with disabilities. United Way Halton & Hamilton collaborates with partners to break the cycles of poverty and abuse, working towards a more inclusive and equitable society for all women.

Women and Girls

Why We Need You

Women and girls face systemic barriers, leading to higher poverty rates and mental health challenges. Your support can aid young girls, female-led lone-parent households, Indigenous, racialized, and newcomer women, and gender-based violence survivors in recovering. Addressing vulnerabilities, such as those at risk of falling into poverty, and empowering survivors are crucial. This enables young girls to grow with confidence, breaking the poverty cycle and realizing their potential. Together, we empower women and girls of all backgrounds, overcoming barriers for a brighter future.

One in every three women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime and approximately every six days in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner.


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Menstrual Health is a right, not a privilege.

With Period Promise, our goal is to increase access to free menstrual products in our community so that everybody who menstruates can go to work, get to school, access services, and stay connected to their community. Learn how you can help. 


Provides 10 menstruators with a box of menstrual pads.


Gives two girls access to a one-week girls empowerment program where they can improve confidence, foster strength, and build resilience.


Provides 1 victim of sex trafficking 42 hours of support by a police/court worker.

Building on last year’s overwhelming support of our Founding Circle donors, we are excited to announce the 2024 Local Love Community Match. This is YOUR unique opportunity to join a generous group, helping to build this year’s Campaign Match. Reach out to learn how YOU can inspire positive change for the community! 

Changing lives. Together.

These are challenging times, but together, we are ensuring that those in need have access to the help they deserve today, while building a better tomorrow – for everyone.

As a young child, I endured both physical and sexual abuse that scarred me deeply. By the time I was a teenager, I was trapped in a cycle of trauma...

Since childhood, I went through life as a quiet kid who liked staying indoors. With social anxiety and being visually impaired, making friends was tough. Everything changed one day when...

“I never really had the greatest relationship with my parents and it kind of came to a head a couple of years ago where I just couldn’t live in the...
“When I found United Way, I was suffering from depression and anxiety. Every night, I was going to bed praying that I would not wake up the next day. But...
“I learned many skills through volunteering, it helps me in networking and keeps my brain active. For me, it’s been nothing but beneficial. I recommend it! I started using hard...
“I have spent a lot of time here at the community centre. I was in an after-school program from four to six and then started back at nine or 10....

Are you or someone you know needing support?

Reach out by dialing 211—a free, confidential, 24/7 service available nationwide in Canada. Accessible in over 150 languages via phone, web, and text, 211 connects individuals to the appropriate information and services. Every day, this helpline offers a lifeline to care and resources for those in vulnerable circumstances, including seniors, newcomers, Indigenous communities, and beyond.