“Because, the power of #MeToo isn’t just naming it. Naming it is just the beginning of the journey” -Tarana Burke

Leading up to BWSS 40 Years Later Commemoration with Tarana Burke at the Orpheum Theatre on November 25th, 2019, BWSS asked local activists to share how “Naming it is just the beginning of the journey”…

“I agree.  Naming sexual assault, harassment and violence against women is just the start.  While the awareness the #MeToo movement has created is invaluable, we need to also organize and mobilize ourselves if we are to end violence against women.  And this is something that the Battered Women’s Support Services excels at.  For the past 40 years, they have been transforming the lives of countless women through the services, education and campaigns they provide and lead. 

I  share their perspective and appreciate their commitment, passion and determination to support survivors and bring an end to violence against women.  For women who are marginalized, racialized, indigenous or who have precarious status – their work is particularly important and life-saving.  Thank you to the BWSS for the social and systemic changes you’ve already helped create and are continuing to work towards in the future.”

-Mable Elmore MLA Vancouver-Kensington 


Ticket Sponsorship

We are seeking ticket sponsorship for individuals who otherwise would be unable to attend, if you would like to sponsor tickets please email samantha@bwss.org

We are so grateful for our generous sponsors!

  • Ivani Aparecida Adamastor
  • Davida LeComte
  • Luiza Brenner
  • Claudia Maldonado
  • Melek Ortabasi
  • Kim Wong
  • Hannah McGregor
  • Janet Lane
  • Vancity
  • LOVE Fundraising
  • Cystech Solutions Inc.
  • SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement
  • Elevate Inclusion Strategies
  • Vancouver Community College Faculty Association
  • Massy Books
  • IATSE Women’s Committee
  • Wesgroup 
  • Central City Foundation