Women's Health & Education Network

The Women's Health & Education Network (WHEN) is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the health and educational outcomes of marginalized women globally.

At When, we aim to provide holistic health and educational supports
to marginalized women, beyond the aid-centred paradigm. Instead,
we seek to reframe these inequities as social justice issues, in order
to better mobilize for justice and employ liberation-centred solutions
Through educational, fundraising, and advocacy
initiatives, we work to put our commitments to practice
and champion meaningful progress for ourselves, our
loved ones, and other women at the margins






Resource Hub

WHEN’s Resource Hub is a centralized hub that aims to provide community-based resources for all its members.

L2SLGBTQQIA Support

The 519

Queer Asian Youth (QAY)

The 519 is a City of Toronto agency committed to the LGBTQ2S’s health, happiness, and full participation. With an innovative model of Service, Space, and Leadership, the 519 strives to make a real difference in people’s lives through inclusion, understanding, and respect. The Queer Asian Youth program is catered to 16-29 year old Asian youth in Toronto dealing with various social/health challenges and questions of being LGBTQ+ and of other genders or sexualities. The QAY program strives to increase education, opportunities, support, and resiliency skills

Supporting Our Youth (SOY)

The Triangle Program

SOY is a set of health promotion services and programming centred on supporting the health and well-being goals established by LGBT2SQ youth and young adults, many of whom are homeless, racialized, and newcomers to Canada. The Triangle Program is a high school that hosts LGBTQ2+ youth who are in need of a smaller and safer space where they can find and build community. The school strives to reflect our students’ experiences in an LGBTQ2+ and social justice-focused curriculum.

Houseless Shelters

Nellie's

Adelaide Resource Centre for Women

Nellie’s mandate is to help all women and children, regardless of whether they are homeless. The women who walk through Nellie’s doors come seeking shelter or community support, and the organization is prepared to support women and children with different lived experiences and needs. The Adelaide Resource Centre for Women offers a safe, welcoming place for all women. The Centre strives to support women who are homeless, socially alone, isolated, or in need of assistance. The Centre works alongside a number of social and government agencies that help women access housing, healthcare, laundry, shower facilities, and phones.

Robertson House

Women’s Residence

Robertson House is a short-term emergency shelter for pregnant women and women with children. When staying at the Robertson House, each family is provided with their own room with sleeping accommodations dependent on their family size. The Robertson House supports families with transitioning back into the community, as quickly as possible through offering a Pregnancy Program, Family Reunification Program, and more. The Women’s Residence is a shelter for homeless, single women in downtown Toronto. The Residence’s staff speaks over 15 languages and works alongside local social agencies and hospitals.

YMCA Sprott House

The Sprott House is one of the first LGBTQ2S+ transitional housing programs available for youth across Canada. If eligible, YMCA Sprott House provides one year of supported residential living for up to 25 individuals between the ages of 16-24. For inquiries, Sprott House can be contacted at (647) 438-8383 or sprott@ymcagta.org.

Mental Health Support

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (WHIWH)

416 Community Support for Women

WHIWH’s Mental Health Services including short-term counselling, group sessions, and workshops that are feminist and woman-centred. The counselling services provided by WHIWH acknowledges women’s experiences of oppression within the context of power dynamics involving gender, race, class, ability, age, and sexual orientation. As a branch of LOFT Community Services, the 416 Community Support for Women offers mental health and substance abuse support to all women over the age of 16. LOFT works to support individuals who require mental health or substance abuse support live independently at home or with them.

WMH Clinic

The WMH Clinic aims to support and promote the mental health and well- being of women through evidence-based, accessible, patient-centric integrative psychiatry and mental health services. Psychologists and social workers can be accessed without a referral.

Legal Support

Ontario's Women Justice Network (OWJN)

Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC)

OWJN supports survivors of violence and their community better understand their legal rights in Ontario. Without providing legal advice, OWJN offers accessible legal information that is reflective of the diverse experiences of women. BLAC is a not-for-profit corporation set up under the laws of Ontario providing free legal services to low and no income Black Ontarians. BLACK specializes in representing Black Ontarians who are facing a legal issue directly related to anti-Black racism.

The Biking Lawyer LLP

The 519’s Access to Justice and Legal Initiatives

The Biking Lawyer LLP are cyclists, advocates, and lawyers who specialize across different areas of law such as biking law, sexual violence & assult, and personal injury. In particular, they specialize in anti-racism and human rights through representing individuals who have been marginalized in society. The Biking Lawyer LLP has challenged unconstitutional laws and practises to pursue meaningful change. The 519’s Access to Justice and Legal Initiatives programs support underserved LGBTQ2S communities to reduce barriers to accessing relevant legal services and educational resources.

Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC)

Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

The MLSC was created to provide culturally competent legal services to the Muslim community. Discrimination against the Muslim community is growing in Ontario and is the intersecting impacts of poverty, racialization, and Islamaphobia makes the community distinctly vulnerable. Supportive legal services are provided hrough understanding the social context of the Muslim identity. CSALC is a community-based legal clinic that provides free legal services to low income, non-English speaking clients from the Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian communities in Ontario. This legal clinic is a non-profit, independent from the government, and overseen by a volunteer community-based Board of Directors.

South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)

Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS)

SALCO is a leader on issues of access to justice within racialized communities. Through working with thousands of clients every year, SALCO advocates for reforming laws that negatively impact South Asian communities. The legal clinic provides services in multiple South Asian languages, including Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bangla, Kannada, and Punjabi. The ALS aims to “strengthen the capacity of the Aboriginal community and its citizens to deal with justice issues and provide Aboriginal controlled and culturally based justice alternatives.” The ALS provides support and guidance to its citizens when they need to interact with the justice system.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Resources

Assaulted Women’s Helpline (AWHL)

Anduhyaun Emergency Women’s Shelter

The AWHL provides a safe space, free of judgement, support to women who have experienced any type of abuse in Ontario. AWHL offers free, confidential, anonymous crisis couneslling, emotional support, information, and referrals over the telephone in up to 200+ languages from a feminist perspective. Anduhyaun Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable agency that responds to the needs of Toronto’s Indigenous women. Anduhyaun Inc. is a culturally-inclusive safe space for women and their children at various stages of life.

Oasis Centre des Femmes (OCF)

Breaking the Cycle

OCF is a non-profit charitable organization that provides services to Francophone women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Through cat catering to women over the age of 16, OCF offers counselling and support services to French-speaking women survivors of violence. Opportunity for Advancement’s (OFA) Breaking the Cycle program is a 9-week course designed for women who have experienced violence. Through this program, OFA offers survivors training sessions geared to raise their self-esteem, manage stress, find employment, pinpoint health concerns, and more. The program enables women to break the cycle of violence and to take the next step forward in their lives.

Victim Services Toronto

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TCRR/MWAR)

Victim Services Toronto provides short-term crisis response and intervention to address the immediate aftermath of crime and sudden tragedy. Through working with individuals and families, Victim Services Toronto prevents victimization by offering a variety of violence prevention programs. TCRR/MWAR is a grassroots, women, and non-binary people run collective that works towards a violence-free world by providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer support to survivors of gender-based or sexualized violence. TCRR/MWAR engages in public education, activism, and provides direct individual/group support to survivors and their supporters.



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