Women on campus

Stand up for change, find safe spaces on campus. Access resources and support.

Make a positive change

Women make up 60% of students at UBC and are responsible for significant achievements on campus and in our community. Yet despite the progress of women at UBC and in society, inequality exists. Your active and visible support can make a difference. 

By taking part in the following programs and initiatives, you can make a positive change on campus and the wider community.

  • Be more than a bystander

    The Be More than a Bystander program encourages men at UBC to make a stand and become active in the prevention of gender violence. This challenges the idea that it is solely the responsibility of women to protect themselves, support others and end the abuse. 

    The Be More Than a Bystander initiative was spearheaded by the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) and the BC Lions.  In 2011, UBC’s Athletics Department participated in the project, with several varsity football players undertaking training with Dr. Jackson Katz, a leading male anti-sexism activist.​

  • Show support for feminism

    Fear and lack of understanding about what feminism means has deterred people from defining themselves as feminists. If you believe in feminism, show your support by wearing an f-word button. 

    "F" word buttons come with a card that explains the meaning of feminism.  To request yours, email CJ Rowe, Diversity Advisor-Women

  • Learn to speak up with the Active Bystander program

    The Active Bystander program is an expanded student leadership program, designed to provide students the knowledge, skills, and build confidence to act in response to discriminatory comments, jokes, innuendo and stigmatizing situations on campus. The program not only educates students about diversity, but provides strategies to be an effective Active Bystander.

    Contribute to an inclusive campus community by:

    • Take part in a Community Building through Action workshop
    • Learn to be an Active Bystander Facilitator. Click here for more information.
    • See Something? Say Something. Do Something. Be a part of UBC campus communities.
  • National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

    On December 6, 1989, an armed man walked into an Engineering class at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. After he forced the men to leave, he said he hated feminists and started shooting the women in the class. Then he moved on and began shooting women throughout the school. At the end of his rampage, he had killed 14 women and himself.

    This man believed that women were responsible for his failure to gain entrance to the school. He believed that feminists ruined his chances because of affirmative action in universities.

    Every year a group of students and staff host annual memorial activities on campus as part of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. These events not only marks the anniversary of the massacre, it also reminds us that violence against women continues in Canada and around the world. As a day of action, we hope it prompts you to take action to end violence against women.

  • Become an Equity Ambassador

    Equity Ambassadors work toward creating an inclusive learning and working environment. These goals are achieved through training, ongoing support and education, one-on-one interactions, participation in program committees, workshop facilitation, networking, and attendance at events on campus. Learn more.

  • Start talking about sexual assault

    January is sexual assault awareness month at UBC. Various events, workshops and resources are provided with the aim of raising awareness of sexual assault and helping to end the violence.  

Access women's spaces on campus

The following are safe spaces for women-identified students on campus to rest, connect and gather.

Women's Student Lounge

Women's Student Lounge

Telephone: 604 822 2415

Brock Hall
Room 1261 - 1874 East Mall 
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada

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Hours

Mon8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wed8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thu8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri8:30 am - 5:30 pm
SatClosed
SunClosed

Find support and assistance

There a number of ways to reach out and receive support as a women-identified student at UBC.

  • Well-women care on campus

    The Student Health Service provides well-women care, including contraception. This includes preventive care like annual pap smears and mammograms that are specific to women-only.

  • The Women's Centre at UBC (AMS)

    The AMS Women's Centre is a safe space where women, trans men and women, intersex and women-identified people can feel safe, empower each other and organize against oppression and violence. The Womyn's Centre houses a library and organizes events.

  • Women in Engineering

    The Women in Engineering (WiE) Group aims to promote equitable opportunities for women in engineering by encouraging strength in diversity, holding networking events, professional development and student learning workshops, as well as community building events. 

  • Women in Science

    The UBC Women in Science Club was founded to provide support for female undergraduates in Science fields. The club offers many events, including networking events with alumni, professional development workshops, and social events. They also offer an ongoing mentorship program, to help students through common challenges that arise for women pursuing careers in science.

  • Sexual Assault Support Centre

    The Sexual Assault Support Centre provides survivors of sexual assault (female, male, and trans, as well as their friends, family members, and partners) with emotional, medical, and legal support.

Discrimination and harassment

UBC is committed to creating and fostering a learning environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Services are available to assist you if you experience discrimination or harassment, and to take action if necessary. Learn more about how to respond if you experience discrimination or harassment.

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