WTC Café 14: Sexual Assault, Safety & Public Transit at UBC on January 13th


This post is the press release for the event:

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? Join Women Transforming Cities and the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre for an evening of discussion and planning for action on this critical issue.


The event takes place on:


Monday January 13th, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm
UBC Student Union Building,
Room 205, 6138 Student Union Building Boulevard


“This is an opportunity to change the culture of transit” — Angela Marie MacDougall (Executive Director at Battered Women’s Support Services)


Angela Marie MacDougall, Anisa Mottahed (Manager of The Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC), and Wendy Hawthorne (senior sergeant with The BC Transit Police) will speak briefly at the event, followed by broad roundtable conversations. Participants are encouraged to share and generate ideas to increase safety on public transit.


Participants can join in discussions in English, and Farsi. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.


Eventbrite - WTC Café XIV: Sexual Assault, Safety and Public Transit.


For help with childcare costs, please email Women Transforming Cities


This is the 14th in the series of monthly café events by Women Transforming Cities has hosted; over 600 participants have attended so far. The cafés feature grassroots discussion and informed speakers on topics that affect the urban experiences of all marginalised communities, including affordable housing, youth, seniors, transportation, and leadership. Women Transforming Cities recognises diversity and accessibility in multiple forms, and includes translators in community-relevant languages at all café events.


Additional information can be found at


The speakers:

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.



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