The Gender Empowerment Centre provides a space on the University of Victoria campus for self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to organize, network, access resources, attend workshops and events, study, and relax.
We are run by a collective made up of students and community members who are self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks. We hold collective meetings once a month that are open to anyone who identifies as a woman, as non-binary, or as gender non-conforming. We use consensus-based decision making to make decisions about the space in a non-hierarchical fashion.
We provide free resources, including:
- menstrual products (pads, tampons, menstrual cups)
- pregnancy tests
- emergency contraceptive pill (plan b)
- internal and external condoms (latex, non-latex, non-lubricated)
- harm reduction/safe substance use supplies (sharps disposal and collection containers, 1cc/1mL & 3cc/3mL syringes, vitamin C, naloxone kits, gloves)
- coffee, tea, snacks
We can provide you with information on various community resources and supports, ranging from pregnancy support, abortion services, mental health resources, sexual health supports, and more.
Our resource library is a gender-neutral space and is open to all University of Victoria students and community members. We have two computers (including a large screen for visual accessibility), free printing, a free local telephone, and feminist literature for you to borrow from our library.