Women’s Homelessness (WH)


WH1: It Ends with Us – Advancing the Right to Housing for Women and Gender-Diverse People in Canada

Khulud Baig, Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network & Keepers of the Circle, Marie McGregor Pitawanakwat, Szhibeegen Training Services, Dr. Kaitlin Schwan, Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network, Catherine Lafferty, Keeper of the Circle National Indigenous Women’s Housing Initiative


WH2: Centering Women’s Lived Experience to Address Housing Need and Design

Suitability and Culture: Considerations for Women-Centered Housing Design – Victoria Barclay, Graduate Student, The University of British Columbia; Ghazaleh Akbarnejad, Project Coordinator, BCSTH

Centering Women’s Housing Needs in British Columbia – Kaayla Ashlie, Project Coordinator, BC Society of Transition Houses


WH3: Lessons Learned: Addressing Women and Gender-Diverse People’s Experiences of Homelessness, Violence or Sex Work through Intuitive Program Design

Watch Sesson

Street Level Women at Risk Collaborative Program Manual – Cathy Nolan, Street Level Women at Risk; Jaclyn Seeler, Program Manager, Street Level Women at Risk; Melissa Currie, Womens advisory group, Street level women at risk; Tracy Dzavala, Women’s Advisory Group, Street Level Women at Risk

Surfacing Our Strengths: Developing Prototypes to Address Health, Well-Being, and Housing Challenges for Women+ – Michelle Vanchu-Orosco, BEd (Special Education), MA (Measurement, Eval, Research Methods), PhD (Statistics and Research Methods), Grad Certificate Science & Tech Commercialization, Director of Research and Data Analysis, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness; Janine Theobald, Director of Collaborative Engagement, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness

The Maple’s Learning Journey: Incorporating Feedback and Expertise from Women Exiting Homelessness into a New Program Design – Crystal Scott, Program Manager, Trellis Society for Community Impact; Victoria Maldonado, Strategic Lead, Impact & Evaluation, Trellis Society for Community Impact


WH4: The Power of Storytelling for Advocacy, Research and Creating Safe Spaces for Women and Gender-Diverse People

Watch Sesson

Making Visible: Utilizing Digital Storytelling as a Mechanism to Share Experiences of Homelessness Experienced by Women and Gender-Diverse People – Lobsang Dolkar, Sistering; Ali Serjeant, Resource Development Coordinator & Community Support Worker, Sistering

Re-defining & Re-aligning: How Telling our Story Differently was the Key to Integrating our Service Delivery and Building Safer, Sustainable Spaces for Women – Reave MacLeod, YWCA Banff


WH5: Research into the Gendered Experiences of Homelessness, the Impact of COVID-19 and Violence Against Women

Watch Sesson

A National Survey of Gender-Based Approaches to Women’s Homelessness – Abe Oudshoorn, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Western University; Alex Nelson, Community Outreach Coordinator, National Right to Housing Network

Addressing the Intersections Between Violence Against Women and Women’s Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: a mixed-methods study in Canada’s largest city – Alexa Yakubovich, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University; Priya Shastri, Network and Strategic Manager, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto

Domestic Violence and Women’s Homelessness: Promising Practices, Lessons Learned, and Sheltering Futures – Miranda Pilipchuk, Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters


WH6: Leading with Experience: How Survivors’ Experiences can Drive Research and Identify Barriers

Watch Sesson

‘Don’t Tell People You’re Homeless’: Experiences of Safety, Violence and Justice among Women’s Emergency Shelter Users – Jennifer Gordon, Director of Advocacy`, YW Kitchener-Waterloo; Racheal Walser, Advocacy Coordinator, YW Kitchener-Waterloo

Successful Tenancies: Survivors’ Experiences with Rental Housing and Hidden Homelessness in Toronto – Alissa Klingbaum, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto; Monique Arcenal, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto


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