WOMEN TRANSFORMING CITIES
MAKING Vancouver a women-friendly city!
VANCOUVER, May 29, 2019.
City Council responded strongly to make Vancouver a global leader in advancing gender equity at today's council meeting.
To see the staff presentation, click here.
Based on the support from the Mayor and Council on commitments made during the Women Transforming Cities' Hot Pink Paper Campaign 2018 and after several hours of discussions, including questions directed to former Councillor Ellen Woodsworth, Co-Chair of Women Transforming Cities, the following motions were approved:
A. THAT Council receive the Administrative Report dated April 9, 2019, entitled “Interim Report – Women’s Equity and Trans, Gender Variant and Two-Spirit Inclusion”, for information.
B. THAT Council direct staff to send the Administrative Report dated April 9, 2019, entitled “Interim Report – Women’s Equity and Trans, Gender Variant and Two-Spirit Inclusion”, to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver Public Library Board, Vancouver Board of Education and Vancouver Police Department Board for information.
D. THAT further to the motion dated November 28, 2017, entitled “Equitable Parental Leave at the City of Vancouver”, Council direct staff to arrange a briefing on this matter to explore options for achieving this goal.
Furthermore, the following amendment to the main motion was moved by Councillor Jean Swanson to direct staff to "Develop a comprehensive gendered intersectional strategy with short and long-term goals that are measurable for each department and every strategy and supported for at least 6 years". The amended motion passed unanimously.
Keeping OUR ELECTED accountable and on track
To ensure that civic initiatives are truly inclusive, we have been reviewing every Council agenda to make sure it has a gendered intersectional lens on key issues. If they don’t we will be at Council speaking out. We urge you to review the biweekly agendas and sign up to speak to motions that don’t have that lens or speak to the issues that are important to you. Come join us! There is a lot of momentum and we need more voices to sustain the advocacy!
We have followed up on our promise to hold the Mayor and Council accountable to their commitments to the Hot Pink Paper Municipal Campaign 2018. We have also met privately with each of the Councillors and the Mayors office to urge them to act now to create a women-friendly city and offered to help them create gender intersectional motions and actions in all departments. We were happy to hear that staff has begun work on an intersectional lens on city work.
Click on the following link to download the 2018 HPP Campaign Commitments from the new Mayor and Council
City of Vancouver to "Develop a comprehensive gendered intersectional strategy with short and long-term goals that are measurable for each department and every strategy and supported for at least 6 years".