Creative Cafe Day at My Sister’s Closet

We are so happy to announce we will have a Creative Cafe Day at My Sister’s Closet Wednesday, July 27th from 11am-5pm.

My Sister’s Closet is located at 1092 Seymour Street (at Helmcken Street) in the Vancouver district called Yaletown.

The event is all about inviting and giving space to local artisans, musicians, performers, artists, and more to create, to share, to engage, and celebrate community.

In addition, bringing awareness and raising support for ending violence against girls and women and for breaking barriers around mental health and disabilities.

My Sister’s Closet Women Artisans will also be present with their wonderful creations.

We are so looking forward to the day…our Creative Cafe Days have gathered some really beautiful energy and folks to the space and one just feels so good from it all.

Please find attached our poster for the event…please share with your networks and invite them to come check it out.

Creative Cafe Day July 27th 2016

Thanks all and really hope you can come by and soak up some creative goodness!

Download the full-size poster here.

Chloe is running for BWSS

Originally from Toronto, Chloe has been an avid runner and engaged philanthropist for years. Encouraged by her mother into running, being active and outdoors is something fun that Chloe and her mother do together.

Chloe takes the opportunity to run while raising funds for local charities.

She is spending the summer in Vancouver and this year for Scotiabank Half Marathon & 5K, Chloe signed up to run before choosing a charity. Later, while looking for a local women’s group to donate to, she found BWSS online and discovered BWSS was a featured charity for Scotiabank 2016. After a careful review of BWSS website, Chloe found the site very informative and noticed that BWSS works with all women, providing specialized services for Immigrant and Refugee women and culturally relevant support for Indigenous women.

Run 4 BWSS

Chloe then set off raising funds for BWSS. She set a fundraising goal and through the support of her community she has surpassed her original goal.

As a philanthropist, Chloe believes in the act of giving and loves to give back to community.

She really appreciates organized runs like Scotiabank Half Marathon & 5K as a great way to bring people together and a great way to meet people.


On June 26th, Chloe will run a half marathon, that’s 21K. No stranger to challenges, Chloe is turning this year’s run into a pursuit of possibility that violence against women can be prevent.

Thank you Chloe for inspiring all of us with your commitment to being active, outdoors and to making a real difference in community.


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For women living with violence, safety changes everything…

For women living with violence, safety changes everything…

At Battered Women’s Support Services, we know for women living with violence, safety changes everything so we commemorate Victims and Survivors of Crime Week from May 29 to June 4, 2016.

While reports of violent crime to police services is on the decline in Canada, domestic and sexual violence against women reports are actually increasing.

And that’s why we continue to work on the front-line, providing direct support to women and girls.

Our Victim Services Workers provide 100 appointments a month with 30 – 50 new intakes every week. In March 2016, our crisis line received 660 calls, a lifeline to 33 callers a day.

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It’s why we’re in the field delivering training and education to raise awareness and skills helping increase capacity of communities to respond to instances violence against women.

It’s why we bring dating violence education through a one of a kind program reaching over 2,000 teenage boys and girls, annually.

It’s why we work systemically, helping bring change to laws, policies and practices.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

Women supported through BWSS Victims Services are leaving abusive relationships now more than in any other time. Together, let’s honour the courageous women and girls and let’s remember that safety changes everything.

Thank you for supporting the work to end violence against women.

The Story of Prevention Begins With You


Did you know that when you walk or run for BWSS you are preventing violence against women for years onward?

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One in seven girls experience dating violence

One in seven girls experience dating violence – 53% experience sexual violence while in high school

Teenage girls and boys are trained to deliver violence prevention education

Teenage girls and boys are trained to deliver violence prevention education

Teenage girls and boys then present workshops at schools and community groups across BC

Teenage girls and boys then present workshops at schools and community groups across BC

Youth are aware, empowered and teach others for a safer community

Youth are aware, empowered and teach others for a safer community

Cycle of violence prevention

Set this cycle of violence prevention in action and run or walk for BWSS this June 26, 2016

As an additional benefit of running for Battered Women’s Support Services, BWSS will cover the registration fee for all those who register for the event and fund raise a minimum of $260. Email for more information.


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Let’s Be Clear Pick-Up Artists = Men Who Contribute to Rape Culture

Nicole* was shopping on Robson street when a man approached her. After a few minutes of harmless conversation, Nicole tried to turn back to what she was doing, but the man insisted and continued to harass her.

“I made it very obvious to him that I didn’t want to talk,” Nicole says. “I backed away from him, I pulled my phone out, I gave him one word answers. And he just kept going on and on. It got to the point where I had to end the conversation.”

Nicole’s experience is far from unique. According to news report of Vancity Buzz, the man who harassed Nicole was part of a “social club”, probably participating in a pick up artists (PUA) bootcamp where they learn how to “pick up” women and share seduction tips with each other. Then they take to the streets to practice the techniques they learned. As our ED Angela Marie MacDougall said in an interview yesterday at CTV News, PUA techniques focus heavily on a steadily escalating process of coercion and many come with an assumption that a man has a right to have sex with any woman he wants.

The male sexual entitlement makes them believe that women owe them sexual favours in exchange for their attention, aggressiveness, or just existing. If he doesn’t succeed in landing a given “catch”, he’s less of a man which puts tremendous pressure on him to seal the deal at all costs. No surprise “no means no” doesn’t appear in neither PUA’s curriculum or dictionary. It teaches men that women are objects to be won, and that when a woman says no, it doesn’t actually mean no.

So many of these tips and indeed much of the terminology are misogynist and directly encourage rape and boundary-crossing behaviour. They are encouraging men to use tremendous pressure to get women to sleep with them. And what if they are denied sex? Overcome “last minute resistance”, for example one of the PUA techniques, with a series of coldly calculated steps intended to get a woman to cave in and have sex. These steps notably don’t include an active solicitation of consent.

When a culture judges its men on what age they first had sex, how many women they have sex with, and the hotness level of their conquests, inevitably some of these men would adopt the attitude that sex without consent is okay. Respecting women would become only a hindrance that has to be overcome no matter what. The structure of such techniques creates the idea that forcing women to have sex is normal, and that pressuring sexual partners is acceptable. As these techniques spread out beyond the PUA community, they become internalized by the rest of society. In the process, they can become increasingly distorted.

It is clear that PUA is a huge contributor to rape culture in our society. These men are participating in a smarmy, objectifying, highly sexist culture that treats women like prizes to be won rather than human beings. Even naming predators’ action of harassment as “pick up artists”, not respecting women’s personal space and their choices, having sex without consent as an “art”, all normalize the unacceptable. And thanks to the normalization of coerced sex, their victims may have difficulty discussing what happened to them, let alone reporting it to authorities who might be able to take action.

PUA Poster

Download the poster here.

If you could do something to end violence against girls and women, wouldn’t you?