External Chair – Ellen Woodsworth


Ellen Woodsworth is the founder of Women Transforming Cities International Society and Co-Chairperson. She works to make cities work for self identified women and girls working all over the world from local neighbourhoods to global gatherings like UN Habitat 3. She thinks that women and girls work for cities but cities don’t work for women and girls. She believes cities must put a gender intersectional lens using disaggregated data on policies, programmes, budgets, funding, staffing and governance in order to create women-friendly cities. 


Ellen is an international speaker and urban consultant on gender and intersectional planning. She is a former Vancouver City Councillor and was their representative on the Executive of Union of B.C. Municipalities. Ellen provides workshops for cities and NGO’s using “Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for municipalities”. She spoke at the UN Habitat 3 conferences in Prague and in Quito and at the Smart Sustainable Cities conference in Montevideo, Uruguay as well as participating in the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights meeting about the “Right to the City” and housing. She also spoke at WUF 9 in Kuala Lumpur and moderated the Women Transforming Cities launch of an online library of wise practices tied to the SDG’s, CEDAW and NUA. At present, she is coordinating the Hot Pink Municipal Campaign, which focuses on 11 issues that could make cities women-friendly and giving talks on how to put a gender intersectional lens on everything from climate change, housing, transit to electoral reform. 




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