Red Women Rising
Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown EastsideThe Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). The DTES is a neighbourhood with disproportionate levels of manufactured and enforced violence, poverty, homelessness, child apprehension, criminalization, and fatal overdoses. Established in 1978, DEWC provides support to women and their children through a drop-in centre and a low-barrier emergency night shelter for all self-identified women who face homelessness and violence. DEWC provides basic necessities such as hot meals, laundry, phone access, bathrooms, and showers. DEWC also offers specialized advocacy through victim services, housing outreach, health teams, and legal advocates. Finally, DEWC supports long-term skills development and political advocacy through a peer-driven volunteer program, Indigenous elders council, healing circle, and a social justice Power of Women project.
Download PDF:“Martin, Carol and Walia, Harsha, Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside,” Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 2019.
March 10, 2021