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Pride Stories: Charlize

We are grateful for the participation of Charlize and the other women who sat with our team to share their personal Pride stories in celebration of Pride month. Please note that all thoughts and words belong to the… Read More

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NEWS RELEASE: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre increases safe spaces for women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2021 PDF VERSION  (X?m??k??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish) and s?lilw?ta? (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C – Responding to the lack of available safe spaces during COVID 19 restrictions, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) has opened two… Read More

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Condemning Anti-Asian Violence | Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Statement

We are devastated and outraged by the unspeakable tragedy that took away the lives of 8 people in Atlanta, Georgia, 6 of whom were Asian women. As we reflect on this event, and it is highlighted in the… Read More

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DEWC presentation for B.C. Legislature’s Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act (March 12, 2021)

(Theresa Gray’s words in above image are published in “Martin, Carol and Walia, Harsha, Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside,” Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 2019)     Speaking notes for Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre… Read More

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Coalition of Organizations Call for End to Vancouver Police Department Trespass Prevention Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here for PDF version. January 28, 2021, (X?m??k??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish) and s?lilw?ta? (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C – A coalition of Indigenous, women, Downtown Eastside, and legal organizations are voicing their opposition to the Vancouver Police… Read More

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Women’s organizations express outrage, call for an immediate action plan to end pandemic of gender-based violence in the DTES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDEC. 2, 2020 PDF VERSION X?m??k??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx? wú7mesh (Squamish) and s?lilw?ta??/sel ?ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. — The surfacing of a video in which a man appears to be sexually assaulting a semi-conscious woman in broad daylight… Read More

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Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre calls on City of Vancouver to increase and expedite safe spaces in the DTES during COVID-19

News ReleaseOctober 1, 2020 Download PDF version here X?m??k??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish) and s?l?ilw?ta?? (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. (October 1, 2020) – The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) is extremely worried that there is a lack of safe spaces in… Read More

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Letter from the Acting Executive Director

(Published in the Summer 2020 Newsletter) While the pandemic has been challenging for everyone, it is especially difficult for a community that is already in the midst of a multi-year opioid crisis and which is home to so… Read More

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Pride Stories

In honour of Pride month this year, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre team did a Q&A with two women who shared their experiences on what Pride means to them. We are proud to share their unique stories as… Read More

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Standing up against violence and racism during COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a significant increase in domestic and racialized violence in our own community and around the country. Violence on the street, in the home, online – in so many places –… Read More

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