Act To End Violence Against Women has been a leader in the movement to end violence against women (VAW) in Canada for more than 25 years. In the mid-1980s, we identified the need for education, advocacy and action on the issue of VAW in Canada. In 1989, inspired by our Jewish values of Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world”, and by a deep understanding of the cultural and religious needs of this community, we opened ASTEH, a kosher, culturally-sensitive shelter for Jewish women and their children needing to flee abusive relationships. Today, we provide shelter for women who have experienced domestic violence in Toronto and Montreal.
Our goal is to stem the tide of abuse and to prevent future violence against women through increased knowledge, awareness and understanding. While we work with women and young people of all communities, we remain the de facto voice of advocacy and education for the Jewish community within the VAW sector.
Act To End Violence Against Women’s origins date back to 1927 when the first Canadian chapter opened in Windsor, Ontario as B’nai Brith Women of Eastern Canada. In 1968, we became B’nai Brith Women of Canada. Our work to improve the quality of life for women, children and families in Canada and in Israel continued through the mid-1990s when we re-named the organization Jewish Women International of Canada (JWIC), affiliated with the American organization, Jewish Women International. As our work became more specialized within the VAW sector and our focus expanded to include women and young people of all religious and ethnic communities, we rebranded our organization to more clearly reflect our work. In the fall of 2011, we launched our new brand: Act To End Violence Against Women.
We inform, support and empower women and children to live their lives free from violence. We advocate to end violence against women.
We envision a world where women and their children can live in safety and security without fear of violence, abuse or oppression.
We are a Jewish organization inspired by the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world; Tzedakah, charity; and Chesed, acts of loving kindness.