Grant will help survivors of violence on path to employment

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  • Vancouver More women and nonbinary immigrants and refugees
    who have experienced violence, abuse or trauma will be able to
    access employment services and supports through a $2.4million
    grant to YWCA Metro Vancouver.

    The threeyear grant will enhance and expand YWCA Metro
    Vancouver’s Axis, a traumainformed, culturally safe employment
    program. Since 2021, the YWCA Metro Vancouver has offered the
    12week Axis program, helping nearly 200 women and nonbinary
    immigrants and refugees develop the personalized employment and
    training plans they need to pursue meaningful employment.

    “Immigrant and refugee women and their families who are survivors
    of violence deserve a good life,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of
    Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “This employment
    service we are funding through YWCA’s Axis program will help them
    gain the skills and jobs to help rebuild their lives.”

    Axis provides oneonone employment services and supports,
    primarily online, with inperson services available in Metro
    Vancouver upon request. Its language services are currently in
    English, Punjabi/Hindi, Cantonese/Mandarin and Farsi. The grant will
    enable Axis to expand its geographic reach throughout B.C. and add
    Filipino, Dari and Ukrainian language services.

    “When I first began the Axis program, I was a single mother of two
    and I felt hopeless,” said Mary Jane Salvador, an Axis program
    graduate. “Thanks to the YWCA Axis program and to my career
    adviser, I am in a good place with Y housing and working in office
    administration.”

    Women and nonbinary immigrants and refugees who have
    experienced violence can be reluctant to seek traditional
    survivors of violence. Without access to the supports and services
    they need, they can be at greater risk of poverty, social isolation,
    anxiety and depression, and further violence.

    “Not being safe or feeling unsafe is a real obstacle to gender equity.
    Selfidentifying women simply can’t be successful when living in fear
    and uncertainty,” said Kelli Paddon, Parliamentary Secretary for
    Gender Equity. “It’s for this reason we are taking action cross
    government to help prevent and end violence against women and
    ensure survivors can access the care and supports they need,
    including investing in the YWCA’s Axis program.”

    The $2.4million provincial grant to extend and expand YWCA Metro
    Vancouver’s Axis program comes from the CanadaBritish Columbia
    Labour Market Development Agreement. Under the agreement, the
    Province receives more than $300 million each year to fund
    employment services and supports, including those provided
    through the 102 WorkBC centres throughout the province.
    (news.gov.bc.ca)

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