Scarborough Women’s Centre is a unique community-based, nonprofit charity that facilitates the empowerment of women and girls to make long-term, positive changes with confidence.
Our goal is to provide information, education and support services to women transitioning away from abuse and isolation, towards economic and emotional independence.
By developing a strong foundation of emotional health, life skills, and personal goal planning, women can make a brighter future for themselves and their children.
About Our Charity
Scarborough Women’s Centre is a unique community resource in Toronto East that welcomes women needing assistance to empower themselves, to become economically and emotionally independent, free of violence and abuse. We provide information, education and support services to assist women to overcome abuse, poverty, isolation, newcomer integration and other issues of marginalization. Women using the Centre are from all walks of life, economic situations, ethno-racial backgrounds and ages.
We have touched the lives of 170,000 women and their children since our inception in 1982, and serve 3000 women a year. The Centre received the City of Toronto’s Mayor's Community Safety Award in recognition of its work with abused women and their children.
In addition to the Centre’s onsite services, we run community outreach programs for young women at both high school and university levels, and for women with disabilities, providing workshops on topics like healthy relationships, self-esteem, and leadership.
The Centre relies on fundraising for half of its income. Your support to build brighter futures for women and girls is appreciated. Thank you!
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What People Are Saying
"At 14, my father offered me to the village elder to be his fourth wife. I ran away with a man to Europe where I was forced to work as a prostitute. I was able to escape to Canada. Thanks to SWC's counselling services, I was able to deal with the trauma of abuse and turn my life around."
— Nneka is 22 years old
"Because of your support I am free to be me, I am free of violence."
— Centre User
"I have lived with a disability all my life which limits my mobility. I live in assisted living housing and am estranged from my family. I have spent a great part of my life feeling very isolated. SWC has given me a new lease on life."
"These workshops make women stronger and healthier."
— Centre User