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B.C. families of missing, murdered women urge national inquiry to get it right

There’s no room for mistakes in the newly announced national inquiry into murdered and missing women, says a coalition of British Columbia families and support groups. Mary Teegee, with the...

B.C. author 'thrilled' historic Canadian woman will soon appear on bank notes

VANCOUVER — The portrait of an iconic Canadian woman is set to appear on a new series of bank notes, and a British Columbia historian says it's about time. Merna Forster has been writing letters to...

BC Cancer Agency launches digital mammography vehicles to serve women in rural and remote areas

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among Canadian women. In fact, according to the BC Cancer Agency, in 2015 an estimated 3,400 women were diagnosed with the disease in the...
Arunachalam Muruganantham is effecting real change for rural women in India.

'Menstrual Man' speaks on finding a simple solution to a global problem

School dropout Arunachalam Muruganantham is effecting real change for rural women in India and beyond.
 New Women's Shelter in North Van. Photo by Province of BC

Supportive centre for women opens in North Vancouver

"This supportive-recovery centre for women provides a safe, accommodating environment while also reducing risks associated with addiction and substance abuse issues," says Yamamoto.
Stars Between The Sun and Moon author Lucia Jang

North Korean defector recalls her journey to freedom in new memoir

“I wanted to talk about the kind of humanity and love that was still possible between people in inhumane conditions,” says author Lucia Jang.
Photo of Andrea Reimer at Women Build event by Sindhu Dharmarajah

Women build houses and empowerment for Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver

“I think one of the worst things that happens to you when your housing is vulnerable is the feeling of helplessness," Councillor Andrea Reimer said.
‘No Harassment Zone’ on transit via survey

Emily Carr students designing ‘No Harassment Zone’ on transit

Emily Carr students seek participants for an anonymous online survey that is intended to assist the researchers in gaining an understanding.

BC Indigenous women put fear aside and become powerful leaders in fight for equality

As Idle No More's first year anniversary approaches on Dec.10, Indigenous women in BC are making dents towards equality for Aboriginal people, youth, and women.

Kick Ass female characters don't get the credit they deserve

While "Kick Ass 2" shows that women can be powerful characters, it falls short by taking center stage away from them. Should "Kick Ass" really be named "Hit Girl"?