January 13th, 2014 — Buses and rapid transit are “moving cities”: hundreds of thousands use public transit every day in and around our city. Sexual offending on transit has as much of an impact as violence anywhere else. How can we improve public transit safety for women and girls? Women Transforming Cities and the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre partnered for an evening of discussion and planning for action on this critical issue, held at the UBC Student Union Building, Room 205, 6138 Student Union Building Boulevard.
Anisa Mottahed is a Persian-Canadian feminist who is the Manager of The Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC. She has been involved in social justice work for over 10 years and believes in social change, social justice and grassroots community development.
Angela Marie MacDougall takes action to end violence against women by way of feminism and decolonizing practices. As Executive Director at Battered Women’s Support Services, she has convened a diverse multi-disciplinary, multi racial, multi ethnic team that responds to over 10,000 requests for service yearly. For 23 years she has been committed to effective interventions, her recent impact includes the social enterprise My Sister’s Closet thrift boutique, Strategic Interventions a training and consultation project, Women’s Safety and Outreach, an inner city innovation and Youth Ending Violence gender violence prevention program. Current passions include integrating new media and using social media platforms for social change. Born and raised in Coast Salish Territory, she calls Vancouver home.
Wendy Hawthorne is a senior sergeant with The BC Transit Police and has a plethora of experience working within with transit industry. She has been with the transit police for 29 years and also worked as a special constable within her field. Wendy is passionate about raising awareness of sexual offending on public transit and has a key role in the new See Something, Say Something campaign by The Transit Police.