We are a student run service by and for students on uOttawa campus, under your student unions, The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa and the Graduate Students’ Association. We operate as a four staff collective and have a Team Action, composed of twenty-five volunteers that work on projects through out the semester. We do work on sexual health, reproductive health, ending gender based violence and any other type of work deemed relevant to the intersectionnalities of gender.
The Women’s Resource Centre is founded on the premise that all aspects of life are political. Keeping with this philosophy, we are here to provide support in all aspects of university life, formal or informal. Our goal is to create an open environment where you can find the resources and the people you need to make positive changes in your life, finish that paper, find new friends or just relax a bit.
We are here to facilitate and celebrate your accomplishments with you. We are here to share a laugh, lend a hand, be a shoulder to cry on, or to make you a warm cup of tea. The Women’s Resource Centre is your space. It is your real estate on campus. It is your community and network of support. Come in and visit us!
The Women’s Resource Centre was founded in 1974 by a group of women who were students at University of Ottawa to provide women with a supportive space to build the confidence and strength, to organize and learn together, and to work together for change. The WRC originally had a crisis phone line for women who had experienced sexual violence, an initiative that is carried on today by the WRC in the form of peer listening and crisis referral.
Over the years, the WRC has been a place for students to learn more about gendered oppression on our campus, in our communities, and across Canada and the globe, and acts as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of those who experience gendered oppression on campus.