OFA was one of the earliest organizations in Toronto to work with women actively using the feminist model of counseling.
While feminism was an important concept, OFA developed a way of maintaining the principles of feminism and delivering these principles in a way that was meaningful and relevant for the women coming to our programs.
When we say we work from a feminist prespective we mean that we are guided by these central principles:
- We work from an approach that recognizes accepts, and values differences, acknowledging women’s many roles in and contributions to society.
- We promote empowerment. We acknowledge the existence of systemic forms of oppression and work to eradicate these while promoting the growth of individual self-esteem, motivation, skills, and authority.
- We promote a participatory environment. We strive to remain open and accessible and to encourage the participation of staff, board, group participants, and volunteers in all programs and activities.
- We promote individual change, recognizing that this happens in a social context.
- We acknowledge the systemic inequalities that affect the life choices of the women we serve.
- We serve individuals who choose to participate. Participation in all programs is voluntary.