In the past few years the plight of marginalized women has globally become a "hot topic".  It could seem that ZOE Projects is simply jumping on the bandwagon, but this could not be further from the truth.  Canadian Christian women have always been active in their work with the vulnerable.  We are not jumping on a bandwagon, instead we we are simply returning to our roots of action...and we stand on some pretty strong shoulders! Here are just a few examples:

Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung

Leader of the "Famous Five" (Check our more here.), Nellie was born in Ontario in 1873 and raised in Manitoba.  She was a passionate womanand her goal in her own words was to "be a voice to the voiceless and a defender of the weak".  It is hard for us to believe, but at that time in the eyes of Canadian law, women had no legal rights in terms of voting, finances, property, children and legal recourse in the matter of spousal abuse.  Women were not actually classified under Canadian law as "persons".  She was involved in the temperance movement because McClung saw fathers and husbands drinking aware the family's wages, leaving their wives and children hungry.  In the early 1900's McClung led the women of Manitoba to become the first in Canada to win the right to vote.  She went on to fight "The Persons Case" all the way to the Privy Council in Britain...where women were finally declared "persons".  She is recognized as being one of the most influential social activists in Canada's history.

Coralee Haist

Miss Coralee Haist was born in Drumbo, Ontario in 1889.  In 1917, she and her sister left for Hong Kong on the "Empress of Japan".  It was there that she began a vibrant ministry in a refugee area that had great social need.  During her 30 years there, she establishing two schools and a church.  It was however not without personal cost as she experienced isolation and fought both Malaria and Smallpox.  It was not an easy journey.

Joy Smith

Joy Smith

Joy Smith is a present-day Canadian politician that spearheaded the national Canadian action plan to combat human trafficking.  Check our more here. She has described her self as "ordinary" but she could not escape the burning desire to do something.  She works to ensure that every Canadian man, woman and child is safe from manipulation, force or abuse of power designed to lure and exploit them into the sex trade or forced labour.  She is doing this through education the public and providing funds and support to front-line organizations that rescue and rehabilitate victims.

These are our foremothers...and the crazy thing is...we could go on and on...

This legacy of faith, strength, compassion, resourcefulness and determination has been passed to us...What will we do?

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