Twitter is a great place for feminists and supporters alike to interact, and the large community of Toronto has many organizations that promote the same ideals and values at Nellie’s. So who can you follow to keep up with the latest news and discussions? Here are some of the ones we recommend:
Top Hashtags to Keep an Eye On
- #fem2- Based on the Fem 2.0 conference of 2009, this is probably the most popular hashtags for all feminist topics
- #vaw- Representing topics on violence against women, including news, phrases, and general discussion questions
- #vawTO- While the #vaw hashtag has wide popularity in the Twitterverse, this hashtag allows locally supported organizations (like Nellie’s) to better network and communicate about local news and issues
- #sheparty- A weekly feminist discussion on Twitter hosted by the Women’s Media Center each Wednesday from 12-3 PM EST. There are often special guests and meaningful discussions between feminists online
- @racialicious – A blog about the intersection of race and pop culture
- @CRRF – The Canadian Race Relations Foundation, an organization dedicated to the elimination of racism in Canada
- @SlutWalkTO – The original Slut Walk, in response to being told that women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized
- @cdnwomenfdn – The Canadian Women’s Foundation, one of the best resources for all Canadian (and international) feminist news!
- @YWCAToronto – News about women and girls around the world, promoting equality, economic security and lives free from violence
- @girls_inc – Girls Inc., a Canadian organization focused on empowering girls
Violence Against Women
- @WhiteRibbon Canada – An international effort of men and boys working to end violence against women
- @Springtide_VAW– Springtide Resources, an organization that implements programs aimed at responding to the growing prevention, intervention and educational needs of those working toward ending violence against women and their children
- @WomanACT – A council of organizations dedicated to preventing violence against women and children and promoting a Toronto-wide integrated, coordinated response
- @METRACorg– The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that works to prevent and end violence against diverse women, youth, and children
- @OWJN – Ontario Women’s Justice Network – Accessible legal information for women and their supporters regarding laws that deal with violence against women
- @LEAFNational – The account for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, dedicated to ensuring women’s equality through law and legal action
LGBT News and Organizations
- @xtra_canada – Xtra! Canada, the premier source for Canada’s Gay & Lesbian News
- @proudofTO – For Toronto’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer (LGBTQ) programs & services that build community, create jobs & save lives.
Blogs and Individuals to Follow
- @jarrahpenguin: The account for Vancouver native Jarrah Hodge, who looks at politics, pop culture, and current events from an anti-racist feminist perspective (blog: Gender Focus)
- @MargaretAtwood – Original content by this Canadian author, full of original content and interesting news and retweets
- @ShamelessMag – A Toronto-based magazine for girls and trans-youth
- @AntoniaZ – Toronto Star blogger Antonia Zerbisias, (blog: Broadsides)
- @JudyRebick – One of the most famous Toronto-based feminists, and one of the most active on Twitter
Global Feminist Focused (source: Jarrah)
- @safeworld4women – Never miss an update on issues around violence against women worldwide.
- @awid – The Association for Women’s Rights in Development.
- @gabblog – Gender Across Borders is an international group of feminists who look at gender issues.
- @PixelProject – A very active Twitter account, The Pixel Project uses online tools to raise awareness and money for ending violence against women worldwide.
Lists & Compilations
YWCA’s “Women’s Org/Feminist” feed