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Vision, Mission and Values
Women and children live free of violence.
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis is a feminist community-based organization providing services to women and their children on woman abuse and sexual violence.
Safety: All women and children have the right to live in safety and dignity. G-W Women in Crisis is committed to creating environments where all women feel safe. We build safety through healthy practices of inclusion, respect, self-care and confidentiality.
Self-Determination/Choice: G-W Women in Crisis will respect the choices women make about their own lives. We support and advocate for women’s individual and collective right to make their own decisions.
Client-Centred: Women know their own experiences and needs best. G-W Women in Crisis will respect each woman’s right to determine the services she needs, based on her wishes, concerns, values, priorities, perspectives and strengths.
Equity: Every woman will be treated equitably at G-W Women in Crisis. In order to increase accessibility and equity, a broad range of innovative and differentiated programs and services will be developed and offered based on individual and community needs.
Intersectionality: G-W Women in Crisis will recognize and respect each woman’s unique lived experience and her individual and multiple relationships to: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, record of offences, receipt of social assistance and disability.
Equality: The root causes of violence against women are societal, and the solutions lie in changing values, attitudes, behaviours, structures and systems to achieve gender equality. G-W Women in Crisis will advocate for equity and social justice in an effort to address and eliminate barriers to inclusion.
Systemic Change: G-W Women in Crisis will work towards creating social systems and institutions that are rooted in equality. Systemic change enacts changes beyond individuals, individual organizations, single problems and single solutions.
Partnerships: G-W Women in Crisis will work in consultation, collaboration and partnership, seeking input and sharing information to develop strategies and actions to advocate for and work towards ending violence against women and children.
Conflict Resolution: G-W Women in Crisis embraces the practice of critical reflection, which includes accountability, questioning, and challenging ourselves and others. We are committed to respectful ways of challenging and practicing healthy conflict resolution.
Change is Possible: G-W Women in Crisis believes the potential for change in attitudes, behaviours and systems is possible.
Education: G-W Women in Crisis supports and creates opportunities for education. We will share our skills, knowledge, history and understanding about the causes and solutions to ending violence against women and children with our community.