National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
 302 Columbia Street, near Main and Cordova, St, Vancouver  Proceed to Thornton Park (Main Skytrain)

* Led by Elders and drummers. Speakers include: members of the Power of
Women Group and DTES Women’s Centre, Carnegie Community Action Project,
Kamilla Singh of Women Against Violence Against Women, Grassroots Women,
Phillipine Women’s Centre, Mona Woodward of Battered Women Support
Services, PACE, and others.
Violence against women and girls includes domestic violence and sexual
assault; psychological and spiritual violence; the economic violence of
poverty and homelessness; dangerous working conditions that many women are
forced to endure; violence committed by the government including by the
police and prisons; legislated violence that harms women through policies
such as cuts to legal aid, lack of universal childcare, lack of pay
equity, and child apprehension policies; and across the globe, the
violence of racism and colonization that uses and commodifies women as a
weapon of warfare.
Please join us! Trans inclusive, men welcome to march with us. For more
information, contact us at DEWC at 604-681-8480 x 234 or email us at
* At least 50% of women in Canada have been a victim of either a sexual or
physical assault.
* Approximately 100 women in Canada are killed annually by current or
former boyfriends and husbands.
* Indigenous women are five times more likely than other women to die as
the result of violence. Over the past twenty years, more than five hundred
Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing.
* In a 2001 PACE report, one-third of women said they had survived an
attack on their life while working on the street.
* One in five Canadian women lives in poverty, totalling 2.8 million
women, particularly single mothers, women with disabilities, recent
immigrant women, indigenous women, and elderly women.
* There has been an increase of 60% in the number of homeless women in the
past year in Vancouver.
* Many women are forced to stay in abusive relationships for fear of
homelessness or lack of adequate shelter, poverty, child apprehension, or
Organized by the DTES Women Centre Power of Women Group. The Power of
Women Group is a group at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre dedicated
to educating and raising awareness on social issues. We are a group of
women from all walks of life who are either on social assistance, working
poor, or homeless; but we are all living in extreme poverty below the
poverty line. Many us of are single mothers or have had our children
apprehended due to poverty; most of us have chronic physical or mental
health issues; many have drug or alcohol addictions; and a majority have
experienced and survived sexual violence and abuse. For indigenous women,
women of colour, and immigrant women, we are affected by a history of
colonization and racism.

Vigil and March to Honour Women

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