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5 ways we work to make cities more equitable
  • Taking action at council, and holding elected leaders to account on issues that impact women and equity deserving genders
     

  • ​Equipping cohorts of future leaders with the skills needed to start their own community campaigns
     

  • Offering workshops and trainings to build civic literacy skills and confidence
     

  • Supporting local governments in working towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
     

  • Running campaigns on critical local issues that effect people made marginalized in our communities

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WHERE WE WORK
We work in cities, towns, local communities, and neighborhoods. We collaborate locally, nationally, and globally as part of a movement to transform cities. 
WHO WE WORK WITH
We work with equity-deserving genders, including women, girls, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA++ and allies. We are committed to continuing to learn and evolve our understanding, language, and actions around gender inclusion.
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 Why Cities?  

Municipal government is the closest level of government to communities. Local governments make policy decisions every day that directly impact equity-seeking genders - including transit, housing, childcare, land planning, use of public spaces, community safety, reconciliation and decolonization.
 

Cities, towns, local communities, and neighborhoods are an important and often overlooked site of resistance and action in our pursuit of gender, racial, and social equity.

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 How We Do It  

Using an intersectional feminist lens*:

  • We educate through workshops, mentorship, and knowledge sharing.

  • We investigate the systemic barriers that prevent equitable civic action and participation. 

  • We advocate for radical policy change that addresses all forms of inequity. 

  • We organize to create a more inclusive and representative local civic system.

  • We collaborate to strengthen our impact.

*We credit Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw with the term and theories of intersectionality, a groundbreaking scholar and writer on civil rights, critical race theory, Black feminist legal theory, race, racism, and law. 

Our Principles

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We seek to be accessible and in solidarity with disabled community members and community members with disabilities. 
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We are 2SLGBTQIA++ positive, SOGI education affirmative, and strongly advocate for sexual and reproductive freedoms and rights, including pro-choice. 
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We support the rights, health, safety, liberty, fair-wage, well-being, and equal protection of all sex workers. Recognizing the distinction between human trafficking and consensual sex work, we advocate for the decriminalization of sex work. 
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We are an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-colonial, and anti-neo-liberal organization. 
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We are a non partisan, issue focused organization. We work with all individuals, political parties and elected representatives who are interested in progressing the issues most important to equity-deserving genders and communities.
Visit our short glossary of terms to better understand what we stand for.

WTC in the Media

RedEye Radio

Tracking Vancouver City COuncil's record on equity promises | November 2023

CBC Radio: On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko

Women Transforming Cities critical of ABC Vancouver | October 19, 2023

The Georgia Straight

Democracy rightfully restored for Vancouver non-profit organizations | August 9, 2023

CP24

Councillor's comments on Chow's age at 1st council meeting as Toronto mayor spark backlash | July 21, 2023

The Georgia Straight

Affordable housing needs more than just empty homes tax | June 1, 2023

 

The Province

The systemic housing crisis requires systemic solutions | April 13, 2023

 

CBC Radio: The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn

Calls to Action for B.C. communities | February 22, 2023

 

NewWestminster Record

New West: A B.C. leader in action on TRC Calls to Action | February 19, 2023

 

RedEye Radio 

How to help BC municipalities implement TRC calls to action | February 2023

 

Scout Magazine

Get to Know: Women Transforming Cities | January 18, 2023

 

Vancouver Sun

Vancouver to explore ways to fast-track social housing developments | December 7, 2022

 

Vancouver is Awesome

Non-profit, co-op and social housing in every Vancouver neighbourhood: City council considers motion | December 7, 2022

 

CBC Radio- On the Coast

Climate and housing top of the list for Vancouver voters | September 22, 2022

 

Redeye Radio

Hot Pink Paper Campaign identifies key policy asks in municipal election | September 2022

 

Cambie Report

Hot Pink Podcast | September 16, 2022

 

CBC Radio- On the Coast

Calls made for Vancouver City COuncil to change how public hearings are done | July 28, 2022

 

Global News

Controversial Kitsilano social and supportive housing project heads to city council | June 28, 2022

 

Vancouver is Awesome

A Vancouver councillor wanted increased surveillance cameras in the city. Will that make us more safe? | April 22, 2022

 

The Province

Racialized women bear the brunt of pandemic terminations in hotels | December 19, 2021

 

Vancouver Sun

Vancouver’s mayoral race has a gender problem | December 17, 2021

 

Georgia Straight

Let’s rename Gladstone secondary after iconic Rosemary Brown | February 10, 2021

 

BBC Radio

Feminist Cities: Why do so many women still feel unsafe walking the streets of our cities? | March 31, 2021

 

Forbes

Managing Childcare: The Power of Family-Friendly And Inclusive Cities | February 27, 2021

 

The Tyee

How Jean Swanson and the Militant Moms Fought to Change Vancouver | November 3, 2021

The Georgia Strait

WTC presents a panel discussion on Vancouver's housing crisis |September 29, 2021

Red Eye Radio

Discovery of the remains of 215 children a national emergency | June 29, 2021

Spheres of Influence

Putting an Intersectional Lens on a 2030 Vancouver Olympic Games | May 17, 2021

BCCIC E-Zine: Leave No One Behind

See the feature on WTC and the WFCC by Co-Chair Joy Masuhara | April 21, 2021

BBC Radio

Feminist Cities: Why do so many women still feel unsafe walking the streets of our cities? | Mar 31, 2021

The Source

International Women's Day | Mar 8, 2021

Forbes

Managing Childcare | Feb 27, 2021

City News1130

Pressure grows to rename Vancouver secondary school after female role model | Feb 10, 2021

CTV News

Elizabeth May's comment on NDP's women candidates 'sexist' says advocate | October 24, 2020

Georgia Straight

Women on Wednesdays/Women Transforming Cities: Robert's Rules of Order and consent | October 12th, 2019

Georgia Straight

Women Transforming Cities applies an intersectional gender lens to the Vancouver election | October 17th, 2018

CTV News

Vancouver approves new Women's Equity Strategy | September 3, 2018

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