International Women's Day - March 8, 2021

#ChooseToChallenge  #SurreyWomensCentre

The Grim Reminder of Why We Campaign

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girls will be abused before their 18th birthday and sexual assault is the only violent crime in Canada that is not declining.


Surrey has a disproportionate number of youth under 24 yrs of age, and about 30% of homeless population in Surrey are female. 


Surrey has the 2nd largest urban indigenous population in BC. Indigenous women and girls are at higher risk than non-indigenous peoples.

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One woman in Canada is killed every 6 days by her intimate partner. This number is higher for indigenous women and women of color.

March 8th is International Women's Day

March 8th, 2021 is International Women's Day - a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

The first IWD occurred over a 100 years ago, when in 1911 over 1 million people gathered to raise awareness about the plight of women. Today, the movement has expanded its vision of inclusivity and justice for all. It is a symbol of change that unites everyone to eliminate violence and discrimination of women, girls, gay, lesbian, trans, gender-diverse and two-spirit peoples.

In 2021 the theme for IWD is #ChooseToChallenge a term that is rooted in activism and speaking up for justice. We ask all our supporters to make a pledge to use their voice to ‘challenge’ the status quo.


A challenged world is one that is awakened and ready to drive change. Let's push the boundaries, let's push for progress.

Please give, speak up and let's work together to challenge the status quo!

Note: International Women's Day is celebrated every year on March 8th to bring attention to the plight of women, girls and those who face discrimination because of their gender or sexual orientation.

Our Campaign Goal

In addition to raising awareness we want to raise more money to support survivors of gender-based violence achieve safety, justice and equality. Each year over 5,000 women and girls in Surrey benefit from the critical services provided thanks to support from our donors.
Our goal this year, is to raise $30,000+ more before MARCH 31st to provide critical life saving services in Surrey and surrounding municipalities.
Please give generously and help us eliminate discrimination and gender based violence. 
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How You Can Help

Challenging discrimination and striving for equality is the first step in building communities where women, girls, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are fully respected.  Here is how your support changes lives.

YOU can enable the safety and welfare of girls & women

The impact of gender-based violence ranges from immediate and urgent to more long-term negative consequences that have negative consequences on the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of those who have been impacted by it. And too often, it can lead to homicide or even suicide. 

Medical support, counseling, outreach, education and legal intervention are tools that we provide to ensure better outcomes and de-escalation of situations that can have very grave consequences.

YOU can help to remove barriers to justice

While violence against women is a punishable crime, complex legal processes, stigma and fear of reprisal create barriers to justice.  On average only about 5%-10% of sexual assault and gender based violence is reported, and worse yet, only about 1% of sexual assault cases ever end up in incarceration. This unfortunately creates a growing perception that the legal system is ineffective and is not a valid option for most women and girls facing grave danger. 

SWC helps to bridge the divide between law-enforcement and those who have experienced gender-based crime. We help to establish trust or to operate in confidence ensuring the best outcomes possible when accessing justice.

YOU can help us build a more equal and empowering community

Gender based discrimination is the root of all gender-based violence. Gender based stereotypes and general demeaning or patronizing attitudes towards women create obstacles to progress and to meaningful change. Women generally have fewer opportunities, work more and earn less and are undervalued. They are also more likely to be objectified and put into uncomfortable or degrading situations where they are subject to increased abuse. 

The long road to recover for women can only begin from a place of safety and a place of empowerment.

Join us March 8th, 2021

International Women's Day 

#ChooseToChallenge   #SurreyWomensCentre