International Women’s Day 2018 to be commemorated in a year that saw women from all walks of life rise up in protests, power building and advocacy over issues of equality and harassment. BWSS is proud to be part of engaged communities working for change as we continue to #PressForProgress.


Women Power

Tonight we honour the over 150 people who volunteer at BWSS through our various programs and services.

Battered Women’s Support Services volunteers help us to:

  • Answer over 10,000 crisis calls annually
  • Facilitate one of a kind violence prevention workshops for youth
  • Enable women to access beautiful thrift clothing while generating funds for BWSS services and programs.
  • Provide culturally specific services for Indigenous women and girls
  • Support women through the criminal, family, Immigration and refugee legal systems
  • Answer our business line and administration support to our entire team
  • Help women with their economic livelihood sustainability through our employment program
  • Deliver Specialized Groups

None of the crucial work would be possible without our dedicated volunteers.

Each year BWSS celebrates these wonderful women during the week of International Women’s Day. Last night we celebrated 80 of our volunteers at Federico’s Supper Club.

We thank all the volunteers who play such an important role at BWSS and My Sister’s Closet, social enterprise of BWSS. Their passion strengthens our impact for girls, women and the community.


Fresh Face

BWSS Batteres Women's Support Services
Our website and blog has 20,000 visits daily and Thursday, March 8th BWSS to reveal our new look.  Change is good and we care about our online community and we have planned this website update to better meet the needs of the people who want to connect on the work to end violence against women.  Our website to include information, resources and ways to connect further in our shared vision of a world without violence against women.


BWSS Joins CBC BC Almanac

BC Almanac on CBC on March 8, 2018 at noon when our Executive Director, Angela Marie MacDougall joins a special International Women’s Day panel who will discuss the status of women in the 21st century. The hour long program includes an opportunity to call in.

International Women’s Gathering

Here’s a few images from Rosa Elena Arteaga, Manager of Direct Services and Clinical Practice and Daniela Escolar, Stopping the Violence Counsellor and Latina American Women’s Support Group Facilitator who are attending the gathering in Chiapas, Mexico…

“No more violence against women. No more violence against Indigenous women. They took them alive, alive we want them…state violence against women in Mexico…”


Here’s more about the gathering.


BWSS Executive Director Angela Marie MacDougall to speak at TEDx ECUAD 2018
All over the world, people are coming together for TEDx talks given by exceptional individuals who have ideas or experiences that can affect change.

This year’s TEDxECUAD theme is “Equilibrium” which focuses on balance, inner peace and the dynamics of opposing forces coming together. In this polarizing time, it is imperative that we talk about how people can work together to bring about a more stable future. –TEDxECUAD

Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director at Battered Women’s Support Services, is honored to have been asked to speak this year.

Angela’s point of view, working as an advocate, activist, and front-line worker in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory, since 1992 makes her speak unique, evoking thought, deeper understanding of the roots of violence in Canada, transformation and most importantly, action.

You won’t want to miss it! The event will take place Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2PM at Emily Carr University with 7 speakers and two performances.


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