Work for Change

Work for ChangeThe Women’s Centre is a lively space dedicated to learning about social issues and creating social change. Women still face barriers to equity and participation in society. We believe it is important to address them.

In addition to helping women meet their basic needs and create community, we strive to ensure women’s voices are present in dialogues around various social, political and economic issues, and that policy proposals are considered through a gender-plus lens. We work for change by: spreading awareness and creating opportunities for learning and discussion; supporting women’s leadership; and focusing on critical issues that matter to women as we bring a gender-plus lens to public policy in our outreach and research efforts.

The issues

In 2018, 45% of the women who came to the Women’s Centre told us that they were currently dealing with poverty.

Work for Change

At the Women’s Centre, we understand that meeting women’s basic needs is only a part of the greater solution to the issue of women experiencing poverty.

We recognize that in order to make lasting change, we need to challenge policies that contribute to women’s inequities and propose solutions that take into consideration women’s experiences and needs.

For example, as women are disproportionately responsible for child care and a large amount of work in the home, access to high quality, affordable, accessible child care is important in the reduction of women’s poverty. Also, the shortage of affordable housing affects women and children in unique ways that are connected to systemic gender inequality. The threat of violence (assault, abuse, sexual harassment of tenants, etc.) can result in homelessness, while some women stay in violent relationships because of a lack of housing alternatives.

Our work

Collaborative work – bringing a gender-plus lens
We collaborate with other community organizations to address issues that matter to women in the city and the province and to provide a gender lens to public policy development. We are a partner in Calgary’s Enough for All poverty reduction strategy, and an active member of several city-wide groups and coalitions, including Fair Calgary Community Voices and Basic Income Calgary.

Opportunities to learn and discuss – our social, environmental and Indigenous women’s issues discussions
The Centre also works with volunteers and community leaders to host issues discussions and joint workshops on topics ranging from motherhood and women (missing) in politics, to violence against Indigenous women and food security in our city, to women and water and biking and gender in the urban environment. You can find upcoming topics and times on our calendar.

Social Issues readings and board
We use our social issues board and readings mailing list as a platform to share easy-to-read articles, current events and research on a variety of topics, including economic equity, housing and transit, children and youth, the environment, leadership and representation, as well as Indigenous women’s issues. Sign up to receive the monthly reading list with articles on women’s issues from here in Calgary, and around the world!

Social Policy Committee
This committee of the Board meets monthly to work on public policy and social issues affecting women. Membership also includes other dedicated women from the community.

Women Lead YYC
Women Lead YYC is a program designed to support women who want to lead, influence or participate in collective action in order to improve their community. This program explores mindsets, leadership approaches and communication strategies that boost the chances of successfully influencing change. For more information about the program and to be notified about the next round of applications, visit the Women Lead YYC page.

Spreading the word
The Women’s Centre of Calgary uses a variety of tools, such as newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, our Fast Facts infographics, email and our website to reach a broad range of people.

Community outreach
Our staff and volunteers attend a variety of local community events and meetings to promote awareness about issues that affect women.

Useful Links Social Issues Readings 2019 Social Issues Readings Archives 2018 Social Issues Readings Archives 2017 Social Issues Readings Archives 2016 Social Issues Readings Archives 2015


A partner in Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy