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Women Only Space

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It is under male oppression that women recognize the need to gather and organize to create rape crisis centres, transition houses and women centres — women only spaces. Consciousness raising gave us our collective voice. Grouping with women who share the same life experience in women-only space is still our most valuable tool to redefine, validate and guide our struggle for our own liberation.

We are encouraged by those who spoke on the day in favour of our work and the political principles guiding us. As well, by the hundreds who expressed similar sentiments in their letters to council members. We are also grateful to the many who have donated to us, ensuring that we can carry on and even expand our public education efforts.

March 1, 2020

In a woman-only space, with other women, who have the shared experience of being born without a choice to the oppressed class of women we come together to organize and strategize our resistance and our fight for women’s liberation.

March 16, 2019

We have no doubt that people whose behaviour is not consistent with the tyrannical, socially imposed definition of manhood or womanhood, including transgender people, suffer condemnation, discrimination and violence. Women have been punished since the dawn of patriarchy for disobeying the suffocating constrictions of girlhood and womanhood.

By Hilla Kerner
May 10, 2017

But more often the worry was that someone who had grown up being treated as a male to adulthood simply did not share the references women make in our telling each other about assaults, the objective or subjective experiences of being raised from girlhood to womanhood.

By Lee Lakeman
2006

Chronology of Events, Legal Arguments, Human Rights Tribunal Decision, BC Supreme Court Judgement and BC Court of Appeal (BCCA) Judgement.

Being female is a complicated mixture of physiology, cultural conditioning and lived experience – or even, as one academic thesis would have it, “a political category created through oppression.”

December 23, 2000

Women must be able to formulate and express their own ideas as individual women and as a constituency that is affected by patriarchal laws and practices in uniquely gendered ways—an experience which no man is open to and cannot experience for as long as patriarchy defines gendered relationships to power and privilege in their present form.

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What we offer

Peer Counselling
Grouping with other women
Advocacy with police
Accompaniment to a sexual assault exam
Housing for women and children escaping violence

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