We operate under the basic principle that all people are deserving of basic rights: shelter, safety, dignity and respect. Everyone experiencing homelessness encounters many of the same challenges. Most are confronted with feelings of isolation, low self-worth and loneliness at some point. We certainly want all people to have a source of comfort and support in times of crisis.
There are two main reasons why The Shoebox Project’s mandate is to support women:
1. We are a women’s organization!
2. Women experiencing homelessness face unique vulnerabilities and barriers.
Sadie McGinnis succinctly outlines a few of the challenges that are specific to women in her Rabble article, Four Things to Know about Women and Homelessness in Canada. Here are a few excerpts:
“Where women are marginalized along multiple identity axes, their likelihood of experiencing poverty and homelessness increases drastically, and their ability to access appropriate services declines. Women of colour in general, and in particular Black and Indigenous women, face sexism which intersects with racism, classism, and colonialism, resulting in a high risk of homelessness.”
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Lesley Hendry - Executive Director