YWCA's Week Without Violence


Each year during the third week of October, Canadians bond with people in over 90 countries around the world to mark YWCA’s Week Without Violence™, a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. More than 17,000 people in schools, workplaces and neighbourhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past.

As part of YWCA Canada’s commitment to violence prevention initiatives for girls and young women, we are continuing to expand the Power of Being a Girl™ (PBG) program, a signature violence-prevention conference for girls ages 12-17 hosted during the Week Without Violence™. Funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program, the conference responds to local community needs and relies on girls’ leadership in its planning and organization with workshops focusing on a variety of issues including self-esteem, healthy relationships, dating, discrimination, body image, sexual health, bullying and Internet safety, among others.

Past YWCA Hamilton Week Without Violence Events include:

  • An evening with White Ribbon Campaign Founder Michael Kaufman
  • Facilitated Screening of YWCA Montreal and the National Film Board of Canada’s Sexy Inc.: Our Children Under Influence
  • Power of Being a Girl! Conference