Symposium on Effective Shelter Design to Promote the Safety of Women and Families
From our earliest history, EFry has worked to bring forward efficient, effective solutions that address women's unique needs. When it comes to shelters, the relatively small number of homeless women, either single or with children, is often a barrier to the establishment of women-only options. Co-ed shelters – and the personal security concerns that come with them - are increasingly the norm. In the absence of female-only shelters, many women opt to remain with a violent partner, trade sex for a place to sleep, or stay on the street. At EFry, we believe shelter safety issues can be addressed in large part through good design, solid organizational policies and procedures, and staff training.
In Canada's first-ever Symposium on Effective Shelter Design to Promote the Safety of Women and Families, EFry brings together leading experts from every aspect of emergency and heat shelter operation to share best practices in designing and operating shelter spaces for women. The role of gender in shelter design will be explored, together with construction and the unique programming and organizational requirements of women – and how to achieve all of these within a cost efficient scale.
The Symposium on Effective Shelter Design to Promote the Safety of Women and Families will be a collaborative forum resulting in a multi-faceted report featuring concrete solutions that can become the industry standard. All participants will receive a copy of this report.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PT)
Vancouver, British Columbia