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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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“It feels like a family here”: A Conversation with Mrs. Lo

As the Lunar New Year approaches, we are celebrating the many Chinese seniors who are part of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre community. Today, we’re sharing an interview with long-time member Mrs. Lo. This interview was first released in… Read More

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Statement of Support for Unist’ot’en Camp and Wet’suwet’en Leadership

“There is a direct connection between violence against the earth and violence against women.” -Lee Maracle The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) stands in support with Unist’ot’en Camp and Wet’suwet’en Leadership in their peaceful defense of Wet’suwet’en lands… Read More

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A Very Merry Thank You

As the holiday season continues and the year draws to an end, all of us at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) extend our heartfelt gratitude for the generosity shown this season. From organizing donation drives,  collecting much-needed… Read More

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