Civic Engagement & Participation
For too long, systems of power and oppression have discouraged and disincentivized low-income, Indigenous, racialized, trans, and disabled women and nonbinary people from engaging in politics at a local level—from attending council meetings, providing feedback on policies, to running for and being elected to office.
Women and girls comprise more than half the world’s population, but policymakers frequently do not consider or include the impact and the legacy of policies on women and girls and other equity-deserving genders, or the diversity of their needs and capacities. Cities rarely include women and girls at the policy making, planning or implementation stage of urban issues. When women and other equity-deserving genders are not at the table, women's issues become invisible.
Having greater diversity of women involved and engaged in civic issues can yield positive impacts for all equity-deserving genders as well as other groups who have been made oppressed.
Women Transforming Cities is committed to increasing the understanding of city politics and processes, particularly for equity-deserving genders from communities who are historically underrepresented in civic processes.
Women Transforming Cities delivers a series of training, programs, mentoring and workshops for equity-deserving genders to learn how to engage and have their voices heard at the city level.
Demystifying the civic process:
Understanding the role of city government and city councillors
Speaking up at council:
How to take important community issues to council
Campaigning in your local community:
Gather support in your community to campaign on urgent local issues
Running for elected office:
Support and mentoring for women interested in running for elected positions
Find out more about civic engagement and participation workshops for your organization and community group.
Women Transforming Cities also takes action on the systemic barriers that prevent the meaningful participation of equity-deserving genders at local government. You can read more about these barriers and our work here.