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“Many women come to the transition house with no source of income other than their husbands’ pay cheques. They are mostly mothers to young children and/or wives to husbands who block their access to money. They face unaffordable childcare and education, are pushed toward low paid employment, and forced to cope with lack of pay equity and inadequate sexual harassment provisions. Even women from middle class homes rarely have their own independent money. A transition house can therefore be both a safe shelter and an address from which to apply for welfare or apply for work. Welfare, though inadequate, is often the only economic option supporting women’s autonomy”.
Excerpt from International Gathering of Transition House Workers, May 23-28th, 2008
In this section you will find information pertaining to a body of work of feminist who make the connection between women's poverty and violence against women. Documents are organized chronologically.
Canadians were outraged in August 2001 when Kimberly Rogers died
Rogers died destitute, alone and eight months pregnant, while under house arrest for welfare fraud.