We gratefully recognize the Graduate Student Society’s contribution to the Women’s Centre.
The SFSS Women’s Centre at SFU grew out of the Simon Fraser Student Society’s Women’s Caucus, which held its first meetings in 1968. The Women’s Centre first opened in 1974. We are and have always been primarily run by a collective of campus women, and some of our key early issues included childcare, access to birth control and abortion, and sexual assault support.
One of Collective’s most important jobs is to set and update our five-point mandate. The mandate is a set of principles we all agree to follow — it informs how we do our work, what services we provide, and how we treat one another.
The Women’s Centre is:
1. Pro-feminist: Committed to the struggle for women’s rights and opposed to all forms of oppression.
2. Pro-choice: Committed to ensuring reproductive rights and justice for all, including non-judgmental information on abortion and pregnancy, and support for parents and families.
3. Trans and intersex inclusive: Committed to ensuring that the rights of trans and intersex women are respected. Gender policing will not be tolerated anywhere in our space.
4. Sex-positive: Committed to providing accurate, non-judgmental information on sexual health, sexual activity, and sexual inactivity that promotes pleasure, safety and informed choices across all genders, orientations and expressions.
5. Anti-Racist: Committed to a zero tolerance policy on racism and centering the voices of racialized communities.
Everyone can access our services!
Regardless of your orientation or identity, the Women’s Centre is a space that is dedicated to providing education and services to all visitors, including allies. So, feel free to stop by anytime to ask us questions, access our library, eat your lunch on our couches, or just say hi to staff and volunteers.
The Women’s Centre provides services to students of all genders, including
- Crisis referrals & peer support
- A free feminist library (no fines!)
- Free safer sex & menstrual supplies
- Food support
- Two garden plots
- Variety of programming all year round
- 24/7 safer space for self-identified women, including a full kitchen
The women’s centre offers two main areas to our students
24/7 Lounge Area: Open to all self-identified women! The lounge is a great place to study and hang out with other women.We have chairs, couches, and blankets for napping, and a fully equipped kitchen and fridge for making your own food. We also offer a phone, pads and tampons, safer sex supplies, tea, coffee, snacks and canned food, and information on support resources across the Lower Mainland – all for free! Trans and intersex women are welcome in the lounge and gender policing will not be tolerated in this space.
All Genders Resource Area: Open to folks of all genders! Here you can find our helpful Coordinator and Resour