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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.

What We’re Solving

  • Women and people of equity-deserving genders comprise more than half the world’s population.
     

  • Still, policymakers frequently do not consider or include the impact and the legacy of policies on equity-deserving genders or the diversity of their needs and capacities.
     

  • Cities rarely include women and girls in the policy-making, planning or implementation stage of urban issues.
     

  • These issues become invisible when women and other equity-deserving genders are not at the table.

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The Big Picture

  • Having a greater diversity of women and nonbinary people involved and engaged in civic issues can yield positive impacts for all equity-deserving genders and other groups who have been made oppressed.
     

  • WTC is committed to increasing the understanding of city politics and processes, particularly for equity-deserving genders from historically underrepresented communities in civic processes.

Women Transforming Cities delivers training programs, mentoring and workshops for equity-deserving genders to learn how to engage and have their voices heard at the city level.

This includes:
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 equity-deserving genders 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.

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If you'd like to support our work and help us transform cities into spaces that work for all people, please consider making a donation to WTC.
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