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International Women’s Day: Why Equality Matters

Women with disabilities make up 10 percent of the population of all women worldwide, and in Canada, one out of five women is living with a disability. Women with disabilities are a highly diverse population, both in terms of the kinds of disabilities they are living with, and their individual identities and experiences. Women with disabilities … Continued

Nationwide Stakeholder Meetings for IRIS’ Working Together Initiative

As part of IRIS’ Working Together initiative, IRIS and its local project partners across the country organized stakeholder meetings in Vancouver, Saint John, and Toronto. Representatives from relevant violence prevention and response sectors in each city (e.g. law enforcement, VAW and shelter services, mental health services) came together to work with community workers, advocates and … Continued

Doris Rajan in Colombia for UNFPA/AECID Work on Standards for Violence against Women with Disabilities

  Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development at IRIS, joined an Expert Group Meeting at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation training center located in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on December 6-8, 2016, to help develop standards for violence against women with disabilities. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Spanish Agency for International … Continued

Working Together Meetings Bring Together Marginalized Women

The Working Together initiative national team met on October 4 and 5 in Toronto after the first year of implementation to ensure that we are taking the time to review, reflect and refine project activities as they pertain to our goal – to practically address the root causes of violence against some of the most … Continued

Supported Decision Making in Johannesburg

Michael Bach, Managing Director, and Doris Rajan, Director of Development, travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa to continue their work on the issue of legal capacity for people with mental health and intellectual disabilities. Here are some highlights from the workshops: The Open Society Initiative of Southern African brought many countries from southern Africa together to tackle the issue of … Continued

Coming Changes in Executive Leadership

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and IRIS – Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society are pleased to announce the creation of a full-time Managing Director position at IRIS, the research and development arm of CACL. The Institute was first launched by CACL in 1969 and has long served the CACL … Continued

VIDEO: Highlights from Saint John’s Community Town Hall for Working Together Initiative

On March 30, 2016, groups of women, men and even children took part in the Saint John’s Community Town Hall for the Working Together initiative to combat structural violence. IRIS worked with the Saint John Human Development Council and Domestic Violence Community Action Group to put together this town hall and continue working together for a … Continued

Vancouver Community Town Hall Provides Safe Space

IRIS and the Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society in Vancouver, BC hosted a Community Town Hall for IRIS’s Working Together – Combating Structural Violence against Indigenous, Racialized, Migrant Women and Women Labeled with Intellectual and Psychiatric Disabilities on April 18, 2016. The Working Together initiative brings together populations of women in Canada who face structural violence as … Continued

Toronto Community Town Hall Brings Together Women who Face Structural Violence

The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto and Across Boundaries, in partnership with IRIS, hosted a Community Town Hall in Toronto, ON for IRIS’s Working Together – Combating Structural Violence against Indigenous, Racialized, Migrant  Women and Women Labeled with Intellectual and Psychiatric Disabilities initiative on April 13, 2016. The Working Together initiative brings together populations of women in … Continued

Highlights and Media from the Regina Community Town Hall for Working Together Initiative

On Monday, March 21, 2016 the Newo Yotina Friendship Centre and the Regina Immigrant Women’s Centre hosted a Community Town Hall event for IRIS’s Working Together initiative to hear Indigenous and refugee women, the Trans communities and women with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities talk about their experiences of intimate partner abuse, sexual violence, street violence … Continued