Hot Pink Paper Campaign

Dialogue Cafés

You are invited to help us amplify the issues that most matter to you as a resident of Vancouver.

 

Vancouver’s municipal election is coming up this October, and candidates for Mayor and City Council are beginning to campaign to ask you for your vote. 

 

Women Transforming Cities has our own campaign for the election - the Hot Pink Paper Campaign - to make sure that the issues that matter most for residents who are impacted by gender-based oppression are front and centre this election! 

 

We do this by speaking with community members through online facilitated engagement sessions called dialogue cafes, each one focused on a topic that impacts residents.

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1. SAFETY

Monday, March 28 at 6pm PST

Our first dialogue cafe will center the issue of community safety, and will include a short conversation with the Women’s Health Collective on what community-based safety looks like. 

 

As a participant in a dialogue cafe, you will be asked on your thoughts about:

  • How has your feeling of safety changed in the pandemic?

  • Do you feel like you belong in the community you live in? 

  • What actions can local elected officials take to make sure communities and neighbourhoods in Vancouver are a place where everyone can belong?

2. HOUSING

Saturday, April 2 at 1pm PST

Our second dialogue cafe will center the issue of housing, and will include a short conversation with Rosa Elena Arteaga, the Battered Women’s Support Service’s Director of Clinical Practice and Direct Services on what safe, accessible, and quality housing looks like. 

 

As a participant in a dialogue cafe, you will be asked on your thoughts about:

  • What are some of the challenges your community faces when it comes to adequate, quality, and accessible housing in Vancouver?

  • What has the city done for affordable housing that has been working? What hasn’t?

  • Which housing issues are most important to you that candidates should consider taking action on?

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3. PROSPERITY & INCOME

Thursday, April 7 at 2pm PST

Our third dialogue cafe will center the issue of prosperity & income, and will include a short conversation with a member of Unite Here Local 40 to hear about their experiences working and living in Vancouver. 

 

As a participant in a dialogue cafe, you will be asked on your thoughts about:

  • What challenges does your community encounter when seeking a stable and supportive income in Vancouver?

  • How have you seen women’s and other gender diverse people’s income and prosperity shift during the pandemic in Vancouver? 

  • What does prosperity mean to you?

4. PARTICIPATION

Tuesday, April 12 at 5pm PST

Our fourth dialogue cafe will center the issue of participation, and will include a short conversation with Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice on what participation looks like for their community. 

 

As a participant in a dialogue cafe, you will be asked on your thoughts about:

  • What can prevent people from becoming involved in local issues?

  • Do you feel there is a place for everyone of different languages, cultures, and communities to participate in Vancouver? Why or why not?

  • Do you feel heard?

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5. MOVEMENT & MOBILITY

Tuesday, April 19 at 5pm PST

Our last dialogue cafe will center the issue of movement and mobility, and will include a short conversation with Heather from Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods on what  mobility and movement looks like for disabled people and what we would like to see improved. 

 

As a participant in a dialogue cafe, you will be asked on your thoughts about:

  • What do you think is the future of movement and mobility in Vancouver?

  • What are some of the reasons that prevent women, girls, and other gender diverse people in Vancouver from being able to move around freely and safely?

  • What would help improve movement and mobility?

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What is the Hot Pink Paper Campaign?

The Hot Pink Paper Campaign amplifies the voices of those who are often not heard in local government or by candidates. Through our dialogue cafes and community survey, we learn what matters most to you–and then ask all candidates to commit to taking action if they are elected. After the election, Women Transforming Cities makes sure elected candidates stick to the promises they made during their campaign, to make sure we are all building a city that works for everyone, not just the few. 

 

We’ve been running this campaign for 10 years and we know it works.