Civic engagement & participation

For too long, systems of power and oppression have discouraged and disincentivized low-income, racialized, trans, and disabled women from engaging in politics at a local level - from attending council meetings, providing feedback on policies, to running for elected 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, 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.


Having greater diversity of women involved and engaged in civic issues can yield positive impacts for all women and girls as well as other oppressed groups.

Women Transforming Cities is committed to increasing women and girl's understanding of city politics and processes, particularly women and girl's from communities who are historically underrepresented in civic processes.

Women Transforming Cities delivers a series of training, programs, mentoring and workshops for women and girls to learn how to engage and have their voices heard at the city level. This includes:

  • Demystifying the civic process - what is the role of a city and city councillors?

  • Speaking up at council - how to take issues to council that are important to you and your community

  • Campaigning in your local community - how to gather support in your community to create campaigns 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 women and girls at local government. You can read more about these barriers and our work here.

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