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Vancouver S and social change. We welcomed ne immigration, welfare, funding, sex-trade, and social service for women. We continue our commitment towards a feminist, safe, healthy, and sustainable ce Vision: Freedom a n d self-determination for all through responsible, socially just, healthy a n d joyful communities both locally a n d globally. Mission: Vancouver Status o Women works with women to ensure our...

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S and Vancouver social change. We welcomed ne immigration, welfare, funding, sex-trade, and social service for women. We continue our commitment towards a feminist, safe, healthy, and sustainable ce Vision: Freedom a n d self-determination for all through responsible, socially just, healthy a n d joyful communities both locally a n d globally. Mission: Vancouver Status o Women works with women to ensure our full participation in the social, economic, f f a n d political life o our communities, in the profound belief that women's self-determination is a crucial step towards a just a n d responsible society. Women and Welfare Project Women and Welfare Project of VSW focused on an in-depth analysis of the BC welfare system within current colonial, poor-bashing, and globalization context. The devastating impacts of British bia's welfare policies on marginalized women demonstrate women's reality of social and economic rity. Marginalized women affected by the 2004 welfare changes continue to face compounded te oppression and legislated barriers at multiple fronts, including: custody and access, child pprehension, housing, employment, childcare, education, immigration, legal aid, violence, health, family maintenance, and much more. I The Vancouver Status of Women's 3-year Women & Welfare Project concluded in March this year. The Project's main goals was to: examine the jmpact of welfare changes on marginalized women in BC; raise awareness, educate, and mobilize the general public; and lobby the provincial government to restore funding and improve programs. I n the last 3 years, the Feminist Working Group of the Project completed many initiatives. We developed and published, A New Era: 73e Deepening of Women's Poverty, a feminist framework that reflects the colonial, patriarchal, and capitalist roots of poverty in Canada and the restructuring of the BC welfare legislation. This year we published the second edition of the Welfare Resource Guide for Women, a resource guide for women who navigate the welfare system in BC. Other project publications include Facing the New Era of CUB: Voices of BCAdvocates & Sewice Providers Workhg with Women on Welfare & Poverty. This report was developed from welfare advocates across the province whose feedback helped provide tools and resources to better support their work and the women they work with. The Feminist Working Group has been busy, not only compiling survey results of Welfare advocates across BC to help guide the project and produce resource tools for women but also facilitating media relations surveys and providing tools and workshops to social justice organizations. i , With support from the community, the project provided information sessions and programs to help women engage with the welfare system while launching, concurrently, a Public Education and Media Campaign to debunk myths about welfare and challenge mainstream ideas of poor-bashing. The Women & Welfare Project wraps up this year with lobby strategies to change welfare and immigration policies that continue to induce poverty on marginalized women. We thank all volunteers involved with this 3-year project and kindly acknowledge the amazing contribution of the Feminist Working Group: Cecily Nicholson, Jeannie Morgan, 'Whitney Borowko, Melanie Christian, Heather Millar, Nancy Drewitt, Nadia Hedar, Nathalie L6veill6, Julie Ham, Sally Rudolf, Sharmeen Khan, Dana Oshiro, Nicole Latham, Harsha Walia, Vero Methot, Junie Dhsil, Ada Chan, Jeanette Ashe, Naomi North, Sonal Manchanda, Nina Shahinpoori, Nadine Wu, and Lisa Bonardelli. VSW honours your time, skills, and perseverance while engaging with feminist, collective, anti-oppression ways of working. For more information regarding the Women and Welfare Projeect,please contact Me Project Coordhator via email: femant@ov@vsw. ca Raciafizafion of Poverty Project Our latest multi-year project initiative examines and evaluates the deepening of poverty experienced by racialized women (Aboriginal women & women of colour) due to historical and current social and economic policies, including the reduction of government social programs provincially and nationally. I n addition, the project aims to bring forth the complexity of the impact on racialized women facing multiple oppressions including barriers related to ability, language, immigration, childcare, education, labour, employment and family status. The Project aims to: examine and analyze the historical and current impacts of poverty on racialized women, that are due to discriminatory policies, acts, regulations, and laws; raise awareness, educate, and mobilize the general public, media, social justice groups, and policymakers regarding the impact of poverty on marginalized women; and lobby governments and institutions to promote policies that impede the feminization and racialization of poverty in Canada. Vancouver Status of Women courageously envision s u . ~ oand that of the Status of Women Canada. .~ rt Coordhnator at 604-255-6554 or at fem~~tipov@vsw.ca Principles of Anti-Oppression Power and privilege play out in our group dynamics and we must continuallystruggle with how we challenge power and privilege. I 1 a I I 1 j Anfi-Oppre•˜•˜ions VSW f WecanodyidenwhowpWerand privilege play out when we are conscious andcommittedtomderstandinghow radsm, sexism, homophobia, and all other forms of oppression affect each one of us. until we are dearly committed to antioppression practice all forms of oppression will continue to divide our movements and weaken our power. Develop,g ,s-oppressiVe lifelong work and requires a life long commitmentWeareallvulnerabletobeing oppressive and we need to continuously strugglewith these issues. Didogueanddiscussionarenecessaryand we need to learn how to listen nondefensively and communicate respectfully if we are going to have effective antioppression practice. Challenge yourself to be honest and open and take risks to address oppression head on. An anti-oppression roundtable was held in March. VSW invited trusted facilitators, who use an anti-oppression framework in their facilitator role. The roundtable was an opportunity to talk about best practices, how to strengthen our anti-oppression strategy, assess what the community wants and what VSW can provide. It also provided an opportunity to talk about how we do anti0ppreS~i0n work, f o ~ ~ s i n g On how all of Our work weaves in more feminist, anti-oppression framework, how we design workshops, or work in coalition. On April l " l VSW presented a brief to the Standing Committee , on Citizenship and Immigration. VSW began a discussion about immigration policies and how they affect the different classes of people (i.e. migrant workers, refugees, etc) arriving to Canada. I I , I I * : ' On April 3oth, May I, and May 8 a four-pait training workshop was offered to new incoming volunteers. New volunteers received an introduction to VSW, and an introduction to anti-oppressive practices within the context of our women's centre. I Photo courtesy of Marlene Trick Memorial March 2005 I I Downtown Easiside Women%Centre: VSW has been responsible for coordinating and administering a restructuring grant for the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre from September 2004 to June 2005. This grant has been applied to five different areas at the Centre including: women who access the Centre, volunteers, staff, board, and elders council. Funding has been used to support costs of facilitation, accessibility expenses (i.e. food, childcare and transportation) and room rentals. Community facilitator support has come from Charlene Wee, Junie D6si1, Julia Woo, Rain Daniels, and Cecily Nicholson. Work with women at the centre has included: the facilitation of 'women's voice" sessions, support groups, workshops, community meetings, staff consultations, hiring, training, organizational development, and the planning and support of various aspects of Centre operations as well as community events. VSW is honoured to be able to support this important resource for women in the Downtown Eastside and we respect the community of workers that keep it viable. BC Coafition of Women Centres: Vancouver Status of Women continued to support the work of the BC Coalition of Women Centres. This coalition came together to address the provincial funding cuts through media work, lobbying, actions, rallies, and fundraising. Another priority included working with allies to pressure the BC government to reinstate core funding to the Coalition. VSW has also given workshops for the BC Coalition of Women Centres and continues to work with them on policy, fundraising, and staff development. End Legisfated Poverty VSW worked closely with ELP on activities including finding resources for ELP to continue operating and building organizational capacity. South Coast Women* Centres.: VSW continued to meet and discuss fundraising options with other women's centres in the south coast region. Feminist A//iance for dnternationa/ Actiom VSW attended a historical meeting in Ottawa on developing a stronger national organization. The Feminist Alliance for International Action seeks to lobby the federal government to implement UN agreements that fight discrimination against women. No One is I/iegai {NOII); VSW continued to support the work of NO11 regarding the systemic racist barriers that immigrants, refugees, and non-status residents experience in Canada. In particular, VS participated in the Refugee Camp Campaign exposing the Canadian state's immigration policies tha Our One Year OM Space Volunteering at VSW m e her new volunteers and practicum - II Vancouver Status of Women Donors .. VSW Volunteers * I + + + + + + + + , + + VSW expresses a heart-felt thanks to all those individuals, organizations, institutions and businesses that contributed to our ongoing presence, work and voice through your financial and in-kind supp01-t during 200412005. VSW Coordinating C ~ l l e c t i ~ e Staff and (2004-2005) Coordinafing Collecfive We acknowledge the following agencies that funded VSW projects and programs in 2004/2005. Their support enables us fo employ staff to conduct research, answer the phones, provide services and programs to women in the community, and to publish and distribute our publications such as the entwine newsletter and resource guides. Jeanette Ashe + Whitney Borowko + Kathryn Campbell Julie Shugarman Nadine chefiyn M ~ + (-hepea peddle K ~ ~ Rachel Rees Aisha Syed + ,+ + FuQTime Sfaff Benita Bunjun - Project Coordinator Junie Desil - Volunteer 8, Resource Coordinator Julie Ham - Administrative & Fundraising Coordinator Sharmeen Khan - Women's Centre Coordinator I Thanks to: + Status of Women Canada + The City of Vancouver + Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch - Direct Access Program Parf-Time 8, Confracf Sfaff Cecily Nicholson - Program Coordinator Jeannie Morgan- Programmer Jessica Peart - Move Coordinator Nicole Latham - Resource Centre Assistant Cheryl Ross - Financial Administrator Miranda Jiang - Bookkeeper Nighat Gondal - Child Care Provider + Curran + Sharon Costello + Nicola Hill + Stephanie Kellington 4 Anita Fortney + Lynda Griffiths + Aleta Kovach + Deirdre Kelly + Margot Louis + Ursula Litzcke + Gladis Lemus + Monique Midgley + D. Miliar + Sarah Menzel 4 P. McNicholl + Margaret Newton + Barb Parrott + Marilyn Pomfref + Catherine Russell Edith Thomas + Gisela Theurer Judith Berk + Mary Frey + Adrianne Ross + Maureen Macdonald + Margaret Mitchell + A-Macpherson 4 Veronica Delorrne 4 Catherine Revell + Benita Bunjun + Susan Boyd + Susan Stout + Robin 8, J. Millar + Mary Schendlinger 4 Marie Dussault 4 Naomi Katz + Joan Robillard + Jane Rule + Susan Wendell + Shauna Butterwick + Maureen Childs + Maeve Moran + Arlene McLaren + Ali Grant 4 Elizabeth Gautschi + Michelle D O ~ + S ~ Valerie Raoul + Skye Stuart + Christine Harris + Marion Pollack 4 Kelly Gordon + Cheryl Covey + Rebecca Burton + Sonal Manchanda + Dana Oshiro + Charlene Wee + Fiona York + Nathalie Leveille + Terry Bishop + Laurie Kohl + G.B. Khoo + Jessica Campbell + Micheline Barrette + Elizabeth Benette + Lynell Anderson + G. Flett + Nermin Helal + Jill Stainsby + Jessica Peart + Emily Aspinwall + S. HollickKenyon + Pamela Withers 4 Verna Turner* Alicen Keamarden + Anne Miles + Patricia Dubberley + Margaret McCoy + Leona Gom+ Judith Hall + Janet Fraser 4 Nancy Edwards + Clare Young+ Maryann Abbs + W.A. Braha + Judith Walker 4 Janet Vesterback + Ann Mary Doyle + Barbara J. May + N. Jensen + I. Kiborn + Alison L. Hopwood + Madeleine Gilchrist + Susan Scott + BCNU Shaughnessy Heights Region 4 Judith Harper Special thanks to our sustaining donors: Arthur' Baker Maxine Borowko' Barbara + Aisha Syed + Cecily Nicholson + Charlene Wee + Chelsea Peddle + Cherlyn McKay + Dana Oshiro + Fiona York + Gladis Lemus + Heather Millar + Jeanette Ashe Joanna Mikkelsen Julie Shurgarrnan KathrynCampbell Magnolia Villalobos + Edwards Melanie Christian Nadia Hedar Nadine Chambers Nicole Fulton Nicole Latham + Parivash Seyed Madani + Borowko + Nothalie Leveille HarshaWalia Sally Rudolf Shameen Khan+ + + + , I A I + I I
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