Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 16 York Region

Status of Women

Who We Are

The Status of Women Committee advocates for all women and women- identified members of OSSTF by providing support and education on local, provincial and global issues affecting women. Promotes women to be leaders, mentors and role models who strive towards making our work environment inclusive, safe, and equitable.


The Status of Women Award

The Status of Women Award is sponsored by the Provincial Status of Women Committee and is presented annually at AMPA. The award recognizes exemplary effort and service by a member in the areas of promotion, advocacy and leadership regarding women's issues/gender equity within the workplace, OSSTF/FEESO and the larger community. 

Please use the link below to access the criteria and application form.  

District 16 Status of Women Scholarship

The attachments below outline the information on this scholarship. 


Status of Women Committee Resources

Take Back the Night – September (Toronto)


Women’s History Month – October


National Day of Remembrance and Action on violence against women Dec 6th



International Women’s Day – March #equalitymatters



Walk a Mile in Her Shoes



General Resources  (violence against women/girls, mental well-being, social justice/equity)

White Ribbon Campaign http://www.whiteribbon.ca/

Ontario Human Rights Commission www.ohrc.on.ca

Better Man Project http://thebettermanprojects.com/

Draw the line http://www.draw-the-line.ca/

We Talk Women http://www.wetalkwomen.org/

Equal Voice 

Harmony movement https://www.harmony.ca/


Books as Resources

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere" by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

CEO of Everything  by Gail Vaz- Oxlade & Victoria Ryce

Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif

milk and honey by rupi kaur

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

We should all be feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

Option B  by Sheryl Sandberg

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (fiction)


Community Resources

Women Center of York Region http://www.wcyr.ca/

Sandgate Women’s Shelter or York Region http://www.sandgate.ca/

360 Kids https://www.360kids.ca/

Yellow Brick House http://www.yellowbrickhouse.org/

Belinda’s Place http://belindas.nextmp.net/index.php/about-us/

Family Law Education for Women http://www.onefamilylaw.ca/

FSYR –Family Service York Region http://www.fsyr.ca/counselling-for-lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-two-spirit-and-queer-individuals


Crisis Hotlines


Kids Helpline 1-800-668-6868

Toronto Rape Crisis Center (416) 597-1171

York Region Crisis Centre (905) 310-2673

Women’s Support Network 1-800-263-6734

Assaulted Women’s Helpline (Multi-Lingual) 1-866-863-0511


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