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SAWRO Annual General Meeting 2019
Dear Members, SAWRO is a grassroots member-led non-profit community-based organization operated by community women to serve our community. Every year,
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SAWRO Summer Festival!
You are invited to SAWRO’s annual Summer Festival Mela! This year we will be presenting to you a mosaic of
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UPDATE: SAWRO Ramadan Schedule
UPDATE: SAWRO Ramadan Schedule Dear Community, Early Ramadan Mubarak for those who will be observing Ramadan starting next week.  We
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3 weeks ago

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On July 27, SAWRO hosted a community festival for the second year in a row! We would like to thank the Oakridge Community Center for providing space and Canadian Heritage for provided funding for the event. We would like to show our deepest gratitude to our community members who supported this event in various ways and performers who showcased their talents and shared their art with the community.

SAWRO Summer Festival 2019 was organized entirely by our community women and youth. SAWRO takes up the mission, vision, and mandate given to us by our members which is embodied in the slogan: If the women move forward, the whole community will move forward. In the last few years, we have been witnessing a positive change in our community; we are breaking out of our isolation and are preparing ourselves to take up space not only within our community but in advocacy and policy circles. SAWRO has been contributing to this positive change through our services, public education and advocacy initiatives that are aimed at increasing the economic security of immigrant women by opening up civic leadership opportunities and reducing the vulnerability of women and girls. The outcomes of this work became visible in this successful large-scale community event as women came together to organize a highly engaging event to promote social cohesion and foster confidence among community people about belonging within the Canadian diversity.

Our community events are also used increasingly for bridge-building to other communities and for engaging community people in civic issues. We would like to thank CASSA, SALCO, UFCW, TCBN, Great Connections, and political representatives for attending the event and sharing their knowledge and opportunities with the community.

Lastly, we would like to thank Saree House and Md Anisur Rahman for sponsoring the event. Special thanks to our neighbour Artemis Burns for their in-kind contribution of custom-made merch to SAWRO.
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2 months ago

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Attn All Community Members,

South Asian Women’s Rights Organization is seeking Cultural Talents and Community Performers of all backgrounds, genders and ages to participate in our annual SAWRO Summer Mela on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 (10AM-9PM) at the Oakridge Community Center Parking Lot (63 Pharmacy Ave.). If you are interested, or know of anyone who would be interested to showcase their artistic abilities (i.e. dance, singing, poetry, acting, magic etc.) in a large event setting please share the attached flyer and/or contact us as soon as possible- before all performance slots are filled-up!
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2 months ago

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REPORT LAUNCH ON TEMPORARY HELP AGENCIES!
Jane-Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) will launch a community-led report on temp agencies and workers. Our community has spoken out about the negative practices of temp agencies and their violation of labour and human rights.
We are encouraging community members to take some time and read the report!Permanently Temporary: Report Launch
https://www.facebook.com/events/332616797429620/?ti=icl

Join Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) for the launch of a community-led report on temp agencies and workers in our neighbourhood. Residents, often racialized and new to Canada, work in exploitative and hazardous conditions, employed through the many temp agencies concentrated in this area.
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JFAAP has been on the ground, connecting with temp agency workers, running “Know Your Rights” workshops and advocating for workers in Jane-Finch. Thousands from our community work in unjust, dangerous jobs, with too many being seriously injured or losing their lives, and companies barely being held accountable.
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This report documents the stories of local temp agency workers and is also a resource for bringing about change.
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Light dinner, TTC tickets/tokens, and childcare provided. Physically accessible space.
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Tuesday, June 18th
6-8:30
At
Driftwood Community Centre
info@jfaap.com
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3 months ago

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Happy Mother's Day!
We would like to share our love and solidarity with all who provide care for families and the community, many of whom are mothers, grandmothers, and aunts. We regret being unable to organize our popular annual Mother's Day event. These events bring our community together on a personal level every year as we celebrate motherhood and our achievements in building the community alongside our youth. We also painfully remember our families back home and the unfair situation immigrant working women are placed in having to choose between sustaining their family in Canada and being able to help and spend quality time with family back home.
Although we are not together this year, the message continues to focus on protecting the rights and dignity of all and effective action on family reunification!
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