The Gender Empowerment Centre is an inclusive space, focused on the needs of self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to organize, network, access resources, attend workshops and events, study, and relax. Our space is open to both University of Victoria students and community members.
The Gender Empowerment Centre provides a safe and supportive space to build an anti-oppression community through sharing, learning, and teaching. We value all experiences and offer the resources necessary to advocate for yourself and others. As a centre we are committed to constantly re-assessing and adapting in order to better host an anti-oppressive space. We commit to consistently re-evaluating our practices and welcome critical feedback so that we may better practice being an intersectional feminist, queer positive, trans positive, decolonizing, anti-racist space. It is vital that the community recognize it as such and feel welcome.
The Gender Empowerment Centre is governed by a feminist collective that uses a consensus-based decision making model and is driven by volunteer participation.
WHAT WE DO
The Gender Empowerment Centre is committed to facilitating on campus and off campus social justice organizing, workshops, and other events. In order to support marginalized individuals who have historically been excluded from such activist organizing, we strive to work in a horizontal manner and ensure that our events are accessible to all those who wish to attend and contribute. We are committed to facilitating a creative, collaborative, community space through initiatives like various workshops and educational opportunities, social events, and our all gender neutral feminist library. We also provide free sexual health and menstrual supplies, referral services, and an emergency need fund for students facing sudden financial hardship. For more information on the emergency funding, send us an email.
OUR PURPOSE, MISSION AND VISION
The purpose of the Gender Empowerment Centre is:
- To provide a self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming centered physical space to facilitate networking among campus self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons.
- To offer programs and promote issues in keeping with the centre’s mandate and vision for members and/or gender public.
- To provide a central location for the distribution of information.
- To maintain a resource library for student and public use.
Mission: To be a strong, intersectional feminist voice on campus.
Vision: To create social change through political action, education, and support of University of Victoria self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons.