Vancouver Status of Women is a 44 year-old organization that works with women to ensure our full participation in the social, political and economic life of our communities in the profound belief that women's self-determination is a crucial step towards a just and responsible society. Our activities include:

    • Developing resource materials;
    • Research;
    • Public education programs;
    • Outreach and information referral services to individual women & other organizations;
    • Initiating, facilitating & participating in social justice networks & coalitions;
    • Engaging in feminist community building.

    We respectfully recognize that our gatherings, organizing & relations take place on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. We acknowledge and respect the rights of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.




Understanding Racial Profiling and Violence

Have you been followed by security in a store?

Have you been ignored or dismissed when accessing services?

Have you been treated differently because of your non-Western name(s)?

Have you been through repeated “random” searches at security checkpoints?

Have you been physically harmed and detained by police because of your skin colour?

This is racial profiling. Racial profiling refers to the racial identification and control of bodies based on race, skin colour, ethnicity, religion, national origin and non-Western practices. Racial profiling interacts with other parts of our identities, such as all genders, sexualities, ages, classes, languages, and citizenships. Racial profiling targets certain racialized individuals and groups making them suspicious of criminal activity. Different racialized individual and groups experience racial profiling differently, some more than others.

To read the document on Racial Profiling please click HERE

Created by the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racial Profiling & Racial Violence (July 29. 2015)

FOR Spanish please click HERE

FOR Turkish please click HERE

FOR Farsi please click HERE

FOR Japanese please click HERE

FOR Simplified Chinese please click HERE

What's New at VSW

Annual Report 2014-2015


Kinesis has now been officially digitized by UBC Library Digital Collections.

News about women that is not in the dailies was published from 1974 to 2001 by the Vancouver Status of Women.




2013 Single Mothers' Resource Guide

2013 Single Mothers' Resource Guide in Spanish

2013 Guia de Recursos para Madres Solteras

You can download any of the Guides from our website!

Or send us an email to: womencentre@vsw.ca


VSW and Vancouver Women's Health Collective are presenting a Two-Part Workshop Series: Health for Single Mothers

If you are a single mother and would like to learn skills to navigate Canada's health care system, you are invited to attend this two-part workshop series.

Join us as we discuss "Patients' Rights" and "Health Inequity for Single Mothers" on March 3 and March 31, 2016.

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2652 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z6 - Coast Salish Territories
604-255-6554 Fax: 604-255-7508 Email: womencentre@vsw.ca