Workout for Women’s Day
Thank you for supporting WISH as part of Workout for Women’s Day! The money raised will go towards the Supportive Employment Program (SEP). Sex workers wishing to seek mainstream employment have limited opportunities and face high barriers. The Supportive Employment Program (SEP) is to reduce these barriers by providing opportunities to develop the skills, experience and confidence required for women seeking to reduce their reliance on sex work and/or to transition out of sex work altogether if that is their goal.
The majority of women and gender-diverse folks who access support at WISH rely on street-based sex work as their sole source of income, leaving them more vulnerable to physical, emotional, and sexual violence. Without alternative sources of financial support, sex-working women are often forced to take dangerous dates that they might otherwise avoid.
Participants might begin by working as a volunteer for WISH in our Peer Volunteer Program and may later become employed with the Peer Safety Patrol program, experiencing regular working shifts in the drop-in, shelter, and respite area, building relationships, and gaining responsibility. Peers also work in the admin office accepting clothing donations and assembling packages for bi-annual fundraising appeals. Shift lengths vary per program, with entry-level shifts limited to two hours, and the more senior roles up to five hours.
Our mission is to improve the health, safety and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade. Our vision is for every woman to have access to opportunities to make free, healthy and positive choices.
Based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, WISH is on the unceded, stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. For almost 40 years, WISH has been a refuge and an essential point of contact for street-based sex workers who have been made vulnerable due to poverty, homelessness, trauma, violence, stigma, and a lack of access to supports and opportunities. Eighty per cent of WISH participants are homeless, half of them are Indigenous. All live in poverty.
About Workout for Women’s Day
Workout for Women’s Day (March 1-8) is a coming together of local movement instructors and fitness studios to offer by-donation classes in support of charities that serve girls, women and gender expansive people.
The campaign is organized by local fitness instructors and has raised $61,447 in the past 3 years!
Classes are open to everyone, so sign up and get moving with Workout for Women’s Day. The schedule will be released at the end of February on their website – www.strongertogethervancouver.com
*All donations are eligible for a tax receipt.