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“My home:” Patricia’s story

Written by Lola Fakinlede In February 2019, Patricia and her two-year-old child, Victoria, arrived at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) in despair. One of the members of a single mothers group, to which Patricia belongs, had recommended… Read More

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“A safe haven:” Nora’s story

Written by Lola Fakinlede Almost three decades ago, 53-year-old Nora became pregnant with her first child. She breaks down in tears as she recounts being abandoned by her family: “Being a single mom put my family to shame…. Read More

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Herstory in Focus Postponed to January 30

Dear friends and supporters, Due to unavoidable circumstances, this year’s Herstory in Focus event is postponed to Thursday, January 30, 2020. We are looking forward to gathering together in support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and we… Read More

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Statement concerning recent Facebook and Twitter postings

Recently, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre has been inundated with transphobic messages, comments, and negative reviews on Facebook and Twitter after we confirmed our trans-inclusive stance online in regards to a trans woman who accessed our shelter. The… Read More

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A celebration of strength & resilience: The 2019 Women’s Street Fair & Flea Market

Written by Lola Fakinlede For the fourth year in a row, the women of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) have partnered with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) to hold a summer market on Columbia Street, between East Pender… Read More

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Summary of the MMIWG Inquiry Final Report – by Harsha Walia

Following the National Inquiry’s release of its final report, we are sharing a summary written by Harsha Walia (the Power of Women Coordinator at DEWC for many years), initially shared with DEWC staff and members. As a testament… Read More

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Growth, change, and gratitude

2019 has marked a year of many exciting changes at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.  Last month, our newly renovated emergency night shelter at 412 Cordova Street opened 24/7, providing a safe space for women 365 days a… Read More

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Media Advisory: Ground-breaking report on Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside released in lead up to National MMIW Inquiry report

What: Press Conference on launch of report Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with report authors, collaborators and supporting organizations When: Wednesday April 3, 2019 at 10:30 am Where: Union of BC Indian Chiefs… Read More

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International Women’s Day marks 24-hour daily opening for Downtown Eastside shelter for women

For Immediate Release March 8, 2019 – Coast Salish Territories Vancouver, B.C. – A long-time need for women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) has become a reality with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre’s (DEWC) emergency night shelter transitioning… Read More

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Happy 41st Birthday, DEWC!

On March 1, 1978, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre was officially incorporated as a charitable non-profit (although prior to these years, women were serving soup, offering support, and connecting with one another in various ways). Since then, we’ve… Read More

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