For Immediate Release

Central City Foundation marks 2018 International Women’s Day with report on dialogue event that highlights challenges and achievements of the women of Vancouver’s inner city


(March 8, 2018 – Vancouver) As a leader in bringing together resources and people to improve the lives of women in the inner city, Central City Foundation marks 2018 International Women’s Day today by releasing a report about a dialogue event about women in the inner city, highlighting the role of strong women’s organizations and shedding light on the challenges women face to survive and thrive in Vancouver’s inner city.


“We brought together ten women who lead our community partner organizations to host a dialogue about the history and current state of women in Vancouver’s inner city, and after an illuminating and fascinating discussion, are bringing a report out today on International Women’s Day,” says Jennifer Johnstone, President and CEO of Central City Foundation.

The report is posted online here.


Led by the women leaders of our community, about 100 donors and guests joined in conversation to focus on three questions: How did we get here –  to the current situation of women in the inner city of Vancouver; What is working and not working to improve women’s lives; and How we can work together in new ways to make changes, to improve women’s lives and build hope in our community?


Some of the solutions proposed at the dialogue include: Create and strengthen partnerships and collaboration between women’s organizations; More long-term housing; More addictions treatment for women; More funding for childcare; Address prevention of addiction, violence and mental health issues; and Reinvest in women’s services and resources, increase access to core operational funding.


Included with the online report is the study guide Central City Foundation prepared to help participants be ready for the discussion. It includes important history of our community on how we got to the current situation for women in the inner city, and the wise words of the women leaders who took part about what is currently working to tackle the situation, and what challenges and opportunities they see.


“With the help of our donors, Central City Foundation supports many community partners to provide critical services to women in the inner city,” says Johnstone. “Our grants have helped many organizations that serve Vancouver’s women. We provide subsidized space in our social purpose real estate buildings to organizations making a huge difference for women, including Aunt Leah’s PlaceVancouver Women’s Health Collective, and Crosstown Clinic. After 110 years of experience at Central City Foundation, we know that real change in our society will be led by community, and we’re proud to have convened such a strong group of leaders of women’s organizations in this dialogue.”



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About Central City Foundation:

A leader in Canada in social purpose real estate, Central City Foundation has been bringing neighbours together for more than 100 years to improve the lives of people in need in Vancouver’s inner city through grants, sustainable social purpose real estate and investments in facilities and programs. The Foundation owns five buildings that provide low income housing and space and place for community organizations that are improving lives through unique early learning and education programs, daycares, health and family services, addiction treatment centres, and social enterprises.


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Carla Shore
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