“Growing up, I had it really rough with bullying and not having self-confidence.”

“I felt like I was always in a box and it was getting smaller and smaller.” Because of your local investments in youth programs, United Way provided Amliya with the courage to break out of that box and start living life.

“I thank you because I met amazing girls my age who taught me confidence and that my point is always valid. I started looking at things in a whole different manner after that summer program.”


While the pandemic is a trying time for everyone, there is an undeniable gender imbalance due to the effects of COVID-19; the majority of layoffs are in women-dominated sectors (food service, retail), and the majority of essential frontline workers are women (nurses, teachers, social service providers, personal support workers).

There has also been a rise in gender-based violence. Due to the risk of exposure to the virus, fewer people are leaving harmful situations to find refuge in shelters, or other access to other services. As a result, victims of abuse are now more isolated than ever, from the resources that could help them. If you or a loved one are in distress, these organizations are virtually here to support you: SACHA, SAVIS, Distress Centre Halton, and 211.





As an integral part of United Way, Women United advocates for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. We are a diverse, vibrant community, bound together by the powerful sense of belonging; to each other, to the organization’s mission, and to the communities we call home. Our powerful, network of women leaders, stand united against the most critical issues facing our Halton & Hamilton communities.

We fervently protect and fight fiercely for the people and causes we care about. We delve into underlying issues with an undeniable determination to do something about it.

As a powerful philanthropic force, women are not only more likely to give, but also to give more across almost every charitable subsector. Throughout the years, the power of our women leaders remains irrefutable. Today, women are making a deeper and broader difference in their communities.

Women United members leverage our time, talent, and resources, to empower women in our community to build strong, independent lives. Together, we can create a world full of opportunities for all women. Women United is a powerful force for social change, where women are key drivers of philanthropy in Halton & Hamilton, through both giving and volunteering.

Highlights & Happenings

International Women’s Day

We marked International Women’s Day on March 8, yet one day is not nearly enough, to celebrate both the achievements of women, and to commit to confronting gender inequality in all its forms.

Because of the kind generosity of donors and volunteers, your United Way invested over $1.1 million to support 26 programs that solely serve women and girls.

With single mothers being the most impoverished in our country, and less than 1 in 3 female domestic violence victims reporting abuse, we know that investing in women and girls programs is important to the successful future of our community.

International Women’s Day Event 2020

On March 4 at NUVO Network, Women United Halton & Hamilton, BusiWomen, Company of Women, Independent Women in Leadership, Insight Edge, Mississauga & Area Women in Business, and Mompreneurs, collaborated with NUVO Network, to produce the International Women’s Day 2020 Event.

Hundreds came together to celebrate the achievements of women in our community, and proceeds were donated to United Way Halton & Hamilton. The event raised $25,000 to support women’s and girls’ initiatives at United Way.

Seeing is Believing Tour

United Way supports over 100 programs in our community. Our Seeing is Believing Tours are an opportunity to visit our partners to see these programs in action.

Earlier this year, Women United members took part in agency tours, to learn more about the vital United Way-funded programs in our community.

Women United is a network like no other: doing more, raising more, and going deeper and broader, to make a lasting difference in people’s lives.

Menstrual Hygiene Day

Did you know that today is #MenstrualHygieneDay?

Periods might be tough to talk about, but they are just a fact of life. Sadly, too many people cannot afford them. Together, we can change that. Be a part of United Way Halton & Hamilton’s Period Promise movement today, to help destigmatize menstruation and end period poverty. To learn more and/or donate, visit uwhh.ca/periodpromise.

Film Festival

Women United, along with other community partners, have joined forces with OFFA Film Festival’s Women Who Give Gala Screening, to bring awareness to issues facing women and girls.

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Festival link : www.offa.ca

Discount code: womenwhogive

The Rest of Us Trailer.


“I know now that I have the support of the United Way-funded group I work with. I know that even though I am a single mother of two girls, organizations like United Way will support me” says Humaria, a domestic violence survivor who immigrated from Saudi Arabia to Canada.

“The voices of women like me have power now. We can reach out to people. We can make our community a better place to live.”

Since the start of this pandemic, there has been an increase in gender-based violence. You have the power to help those affected, and make a lasting difference in the lives of so many.

Monthly giving is the best way to ensure life-changing programs are available through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. As a monthly donor, you’re supporting our community’s most vulnerable each and every day.

$36 gives 17 young women a chance to have a voice and contribute to their community.

$100 provides 30 students a sexual assault prevention workshop.

$365 provides 4 hours of online text and chat to clients every day for a month.

$1,200 provides 53 hours of crisis counseling to survivors of violence. Donate today at


If you’re ready to take the next step and tackle local issues in your community – alongside other inspiring women – we’re looking for you!

If you are a forward-thinking company and advocate for gender equality – we’re looking for you!

For more information, visit https://www.uwhh.ca/womenunited or contact Jassy Hundal jhundal@uwhh.ca to get involved.

Scott GallagherWomen United News