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Our Story

SWOVA is a registered charity in British Columbia. We work to prevent violence and abuse through education and empowerment. Learn about SWOVA's roots in this video. Our Roots Video

What We Do

Our programs empower youth and help to create the leaders of tomorrow. Sexual Health Fair Video

The R+R Program

Respectful Relationships (R+R) teaches youth healthy relationship skills. It has been delivered to thousands of youth in Canada since 1999. Connecting with Youth Video

Join Us

Did you know that there is a new tax super-credit for charitable donations by first-time donors? Donors can receive an extra tax credit of up to 54%! For more information, visit the CRA website.

News - our latest articles

Nominate an Emerging Changemaker for International Women’s Day

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Since 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) has been an opportunity to recognise exceptional achievements of women.  To celebrate IWD this year SWOVA will be honouring Emerging Leaders – young women who are already making exceptional contributions to life in the Southern Gulf Islands.

We are seeking nominations from the community of girls and […]

Sexual Harassment and Assault Continue in the News – by Lynda Laushway

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canstock8647242We ended 2014 reeling from the allegations of violent sexual assaults and drugging victims against Jian Gomeshi and Bill Cosby, sexual improprieties on Parliament Hill and sexually violent threats by Dalhousie University dental students. We had a break over the seasonal holidays and now we are starting 2015 with more news of […]

Twenty-five Years Later- Remembering the Montreal Massacre on December 6th – by Lynda Laushway

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DSC_0004Twenty-five years ago on December 6th, a 25-year-old man walked into École Polytechnique, an engineering school in Montreal Quebec, carrying a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle and a hunting knife. He walked into a classroom on the second floor, and asked that the men and women separate to different sides of […]

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