From November 25 to December 10 every year, we take part in a global initiative to galvanize action to address gender-based violence.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence raises awareness of the issue, as well as helping to highlight the steps that anyone can take to help bring an end to gender-based violence.
As part of our Women’s Equity Strategy, we're committed to ensuring that Vancouver is a safe city and supporting projects which ensure all women can lead lives that are secure and free from crime and violence.
- November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
- November 29 – International Women Human Rights Defenders Day
- December 1 – World AIDS Day
- December 5 – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
- December 6 – Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, which is observed as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada
- December 10 – International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS)
The peer-centered organization fields more than 18,000 requests for service each year. Offering a crisis line, support groups, and training, BWSS’s work takes its employees and volunteers into all areas, whether it’s housing support, first aid response, or employment services.
Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC)
Founded in 1978, the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) provides practical and emotional support to all women in the Downtown Eastside community. The DEWC is a Drop-in Centre and Emergency Shelter that supports women through crisis, including those who are victims of violence.
WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre
Through the Inclusion Project, WAVAW offers one-to-one and group counselling, as well as tailored victim services which are often the first point of contact to help trans clients navigate hospital appointments and the legal system which can be quite complex.
WISH Drop-In Centre Society
“At WISH we employ women who use our services alongside our main support workers and that is amazing as they work incredibly hard and are therefore in a position to make more choices, including the choice and ability to turn down the more dangerous forms of sex work”, explains Mebrat Beyene Executive Director of WISH
Women’s Advisory Committee
What do women need to be safe in Vancouver? What can the City and other organizations do to help make this a reality?
Since 2009, the Women’s Advisory Committee has been advising Council and staff on these and many other questions aimed at enhancing access and inclusion for women and girls to fully participate in City services and civic life. The committee consists of 15 members of the public who identify as women, as well as six non-voting liaisons from Council, the Park Board, School Trustee, and city staff.