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History

With its history dating back to 1983, the ACWS began with a box of files and nine founding shelters who recognized that with their combined strengths, passion and dedication, they were stronger. Almost 40 years later, the ACWS is 40 members strong and is Alberta’s leading body of action against gender-based violence. 

Today, in addition to the tremendous work of the ACWS and its member organizations, we are also compiling the history of women’s shelters in Alberta. This historical piece will feature pioneers of the province’s shelters, advocates of women’s rights, the communities that embraced and supported the shelters, and more. As with historical pieces, the book will represent the changes, challenges and triumphs of Alberta’s women’s shelters.

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