Jan 31, 2024
Rise Women’s Legal Centre envisions a future where all self-identified women and gender diverse people in BC have access to a just and equal legal system.
Rise Women’s Legal Centre is a legal clinic providing accessible legal services to self-identified women and gender diverse people in British Columbia. Rise assists over 2,000 clients a year, primarily in the area of family law. Approximately 80% of our clients have experienced family violence. We provide compassionate, trauma informed legal assistance to our clients, and we train lawyers and support workers on how to assist clients who have experienced family violence. We also conduct research into how family violence is addressed through BC’s Family Law Act (FLA) and family law system, with the goal of seeking to improve the experience of survivors in BC.
Central to our work is the knowledge that women, and all people of marginalised genders, are disproportionately impacted by systems of oppression, including gender-based violence.
Rise was opened in response to the systemic marginalization of women who need legal help and are unable to access it, for financial, geographic, or other reasons. The lack of access to family law services, and its disproportionate impact on women, is a gender equality issue. When women cannot access legal services they may remain in violent relationships, lose parenting rights to their children, or forgo important economic entitlements like child support, spousal support and property division.
Workout for Women’s Day is a coming together of local movement studios and instructors around International Women’s Day to offer public and private corporate classes for charities that support girls, women, and people of other marginalized genders.
Donations to Rise support all of our work and programs, and will be allocated to greatest need. Your donation will make a significant impact helping our clients, from all over the province, access justice.
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To learn more about the Workout for Women’s Day initiative, you can visit: www.strongertogethervancouver.com.