Social Change

Changing Lives for 121 Years

In 2018, the YWCA Metro Vancouver helped change the lives of 46,106 clients and program participants. With the support of our generous donors, we...

Observing National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day , an official recognition of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities in Canada. In 1996, the...

Recognizing Unpaid Care: Why We Need to Make Invisible Work Visible

From cooking, cleaning and caring for children and elderly family members, to scheduling doctor’s appointments and parent-teacher meetings, women...

Free Events During Women Deliver 2019 Conference

Women Deliver 2019 Conference – the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of women and girls – is coming...

How Diana Turned Her Life Around

Single mothers and their children remain the poorest families in BC – they have the most difficulty finding affordable housing and are among the most...

International Women’s Day - Celebrating Progress, While Still Pressing for Change

This week we’re celebrating International Women’s Day —a day to honour the women in our lives, recognize the accomplishments made by women worldwide...

How BC is Getting Closer to Affordable, Accessible Child Care

Second to housing, child care is the highest monthly expense for families with young children. In Vancouver, families can pay upwards of $1,400 per...

Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault, in Their Own Words

Shame. Denial. Concerns about being blamed or disbelieved. Fear that disclosing sexual assault will cause more harm than benefit. There are so many...

Why Do We Do Land Acknowledgements?

If you live in Vancouver, you’ve probably heard this statement read at the beginning of a ceremony, lecture or event you’ve attended: “I would like...

Why is it so Hard to Talk about Toxic Masculinity? Ten Men Share Their Thoughts.

At the YWCA, we believe gender equality can only be achieved when women and men work together to create a more just and equitable society for...

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