Help Us Stop The Violence Empower Gender Equality
International Day Of The Girl Child #AllEqual
Gender based violence is rooted in gender inequality and discrimination, but together we can eliminate gender-based-violence. Join us to stop the violence and empower equality.
The Grim Reminder of Why We Campaign
1 in 3
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.
Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team (SMART) was launched to provide services to street entrenched and vulnerable women & girls
October 11th is International Day of The Girl Child
At the outset of the Coronavirus pandemic that brought thriving countries and economies to a standstill, our communities are also increasingly threatened by a growing pandemic. A pandemic that lurks in the shadows and one whose toll and impact is overshadowed by COVID-19.
The pandemic we are speaking of is violence against women, girls, gay, lesbian, trans, gender-diverse and two-spirit people.
The measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 has also meant increased isolation and confinement of victims with violent partners or family members. It exposed an already marginalized segment of our population to the increased threat of violence and sexual assault.
A Surge In Gender-Based Violence
In the past six months, Surrey Women’s Centre has seen a huge surge in severity of gender-based violence since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic.
You can help stop the violence and empower equality by making a donation here
Note: International Day of The Girl Child is celebrated every October 11th to bring attention to the plight of women, girls and those who face discrimination because of their gender or sexual orientation.
We want to enlist your support to make our community safer for all people regardless of their color, race, religion or gender identity!
Our goal is to raise $20,000+ more before OCTOBER 31st to provide life saving services in Surrey and surrounding municipalities.
Please give generously!
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.
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.
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.
Equality and empowerment
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 October 11th, 2020
International Day of The Girl Child
Help Us Stop The Violence and Build A More Equal World --- #AllEqual