On Women Only Space

It is under male oppression that women recognize the need to organize and gather together 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 is still our most valuable tool for women to redefine, validate and guide our struggle for equality.  In this section, you will find a short herstory of the campaigns women have engaged in for our right to gather together and to organize for our own liberation in women-only space. 

On Women-Only Space 

Feminism in the Transition House:Pauline Funston (Published in Canadian Woman Studies, Vol 20, No 3, 2000)

Christmas Eve in the Transition House by Lee Lakeman (December 2000)

Sustaining Our Resistance to Male Violence: Attacks on Women's Organizing and Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter by Lee Lakeman (Published in Canadian Woman Studies, Vol 25, No 1-2, 2006)

Why Women's Spaces are Critical to Feminist Autonomy by Patricia McFadden (Published on Isis International, Accessed on August 2014) 

BILL C-16: Vancouver Rape Relief's Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (May 2017)

 

Nixon vs Rape Relief Society 

Chrononology of Events Kimberly Nixon vs Vancouver Rape Relief Society (1995 - 2007) Read 

Transcripts of Excerpts from Proceedings - Kimberly Nixon vs. Rape Relief (December 2000 - January 2001) Read 

Rape Relief's Summary of Key Evidence by Issue (January 2001) Read 

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter Legal Argument Part 1 (January 2001) Read 

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter Legal Argument Part 2 (January 2001) Read 

Nixon v. Vancouver Rape Relief Society: arguments Before the BC Human Rights Tribunal Read 

Summary of Human Rights Tribunal Decision in Nixon vs. Rape Relief Society (January 2002) Read 

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter Expresses Concern About Human Rights Tribunal Decision (January 2002) Read 

Vancouver Rape Relief's Petition to BC Supreme Court for Judicial Review (June 2002) Read 

Argument of Petitioner Vancouver Rape Relief to BC Supreme Court (July 2003) Read

Vancouver Rape Relief Society v. Nixon 2005 BCCA 601 Summary of Decision Read 

BC Supreme Court Reasons for Judgement Nixon v Vancouver Rape Relief 

Rights of Equality-Seeking Organizations Protected (December 2005) Read