News and Events

Live Health Series Event
Dear Community Members, SAWRO is organizing an online health series that will present information on the recent COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, May 2nd,
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Report: Universal health and economic security measures required!
Dear Community Members, SAWRO has been regularly consulting community women from the East-Danforth neighbourhoods, many of whom are/were precariously employed
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COVID-19: Universal Health and Economic Security Measures Required
The experience of other countries during the covid-19 pandemic has made very clear what government response should be:   organize
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2 days ago


It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Fariah Chowdhury. Her passing comes as a profound shock to the community. We convey our deepest condolences to her family and her wide circle of friends.
We have known Fariah since 2008 when SAWRO first started as a community organization. At the time, Fariah was a student who was passionate about advocating against systems of oppression. Throughout her life, she has been a fierce advocate for the rights of non-status immigrants, universal affordable childcare, accessible education, and much more.
Fariah was an accomplished and vibrant woman. She was a mother, a daughter, a teacher, a loved one, and a dear friend. She was a community champion with extraordinary leadership skills and a source of inspiration among younger generations of community activists. Her legacy will carry on in the hearts and actions of all those who knew her.
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1 week ago


Dear Community Members,

Today, the Canadian federal government launched the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) application and the ‘I Want To Help’ platform. This grant will provide a one-time payment ranging from $1000-$5000 to eligible post-secondary students and recent graduates who are volunteering this summer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response and are gaining valuable experience at the same time. The one-time grant payment is dependent on the number of volunteer hours gathered.

Individuals receiving or have previously received Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) at any point are not eligible to apply for this opportunity and receive this grant.

Students receiving or have previously received Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) at any point are eligible to apply for this opportunity and receive this grant.

To be eligible to participate in a CSSG opportunity, a person must:

- be enrolled and attending a part-time or full-time post-secondary education during spring/summer 2020 and/or September 2020 at an accredited institution; or
-have graduated from post-secondary education no earlier than December 2019; and
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, registered Indian or have refugee status

To be eligible to receive the CSSG grant at the completion of the volunteer opportunity, a person must:

- be a post-secondary student or recent graduate, 30 years of age or younger by December 31st, 2020, who meets the eligibility criteria including the required number of volunteer service hours
- not be an international student or a person who has or is currently receiving the CERB ($2,000 monthly)

Eligible students can start looking for volunteer opportunities using the ‘I Want To Help’ platform, which showcases a directory of local volunteer opportunities throughout the nation. If someone is already volunteering at an organization, they can continue to volunteer there and use those volunteer hours to apply for CSSG. You can start to apply for the grant right now if you meet the eligibility criteria.

‘I Want To Help’ Platform for Volunteer Opportunities:

Canada Student Service Grant Application:…

Full CSSG Eligibility and Grant Disbursement Information:

PM Trudeau’s Announcement:…

If you require help with the application or have any questions please feel free to contact us at SAWRO.

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1 month ago


This session will provide information regarding the available COVID-19 supports for students. South Asian Women's Rights Organization's youth group will provide information on what supports are available and how to access them. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
If you have questions, please leave a comment and/or call 647-558-0588 (ID: 854 8180 6131) to ask your question.
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