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Hot Pink Paper Campaign

The Hot Pink Paper Campaign (HPPC) is how WTC amplifies the voices of communities who are otherwise not heard in the election process, and hold the Mayor and council to account on their commitments to make Vancouver a city where everyone can thrive.

 

In the lead up to the municipal election, WTC runs deep engagement with community groups and wise organizations to identify the priority municipal issues for all women and girls in Vancouver at the upcoming election. We prioritize hearing from groups who are systematically excluded and oppressed from democratic processes. We synthesize all the important information we have heard into a list of policies asks to candidates for Mayor and council with the question: Will you commit to implementing this if you are elected?

 

We use the HPPC to challenge public discussion and debate around city issues and centre the folks who need the city to work for them most. 

A Four Year Campaign

Once elected, we keep the Mayor and council focused on making Vancouver a woman friendly city a priority through regular engagement, monitoring council agendas, and a mid-term report card to celebrate their successes and highlight work that still needs to be done. We ensure that they are honouring their commitment to women and girls.

 

Our Watch Council group speaks at council meetings, sends letters, meets with councillors and organizes campaigns on key issues.

The Impact of the HPPC

We’ve run the HPPC for 3 elections in Vancouver, and we know it works.

 

  • The campaign keeps the issues that impact women made-marginalized at the forefront of election issues

  • Provides council with the blueprints and references needed to embed intersectionality within bylaws, motions, and decision-making

  • It gets results - councillors have told us that this campaign raises issues they otherwise wouldn’t have considered, and knowing that WTC is following decisions made at council holds them accountable during their term

  • The campaign helps residents make informed decisions when voting by providing accessible information to rally around issues that matter the most 

2018 Commitments

These were the asks in 2018 of elected representatives.

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ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND RESILIE
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In Detail Tracking

 

This table includes up to date information on progress made against the 2018 commitments made by Mayor and councillors as part of the Hot Pink Paper Campaign. Click on the ‘category’ to see more detail.

Latest from the Hot Pink Paper Campaign

Hot Pink Paper Campaign 2022

Stay tuned for when we begin to work on the 2022 Hot Pink Paper Campaign!

Backgrounder Paper


The backgrounder document provides information about key concerns, city incentives, and our asks to parties and candidates. It also addresses the importance of considering all policymaking through an intersectional lens. See the backgrounder




Campaign Flyer


See the campaign flyer




Candidate Commitment Form


See the Candidate Commitment Form




Resources from Hot Pink Pathways to a Women-Friendly Vancouver (June 2018)


Thank you to all who attended the Hot Pink Pathways to a Women-friendly Vancouver Event! We had nearly 100 people at the event! We explored opportunities and barriers to women’s political participation in Vancouver and the hot button issues for this election season. The event consisted of two segments. First, our panel spoke to their civic engagement experiences, and the municipal issues they see as key to women’s success. From there, we broke out into a discussion of top election issues, and what municipal candidates can do to make Vancouver work for women and girls. We would also like to thank to our panel speakers for sharing ! Shauna Sylvester and Wai Young, Mayoral candidates; Carrie Bercic, School Board Trustee; Diana Day, School Board Trustee candidate; Adrianne Carr and Melissa DeGenova, City Councillors; and Niki Sharma, former Park Board Chairperson. The Hot Pink Pathways to a Women-friendly Vancouver Event Videos (Created by Mark Anderson):





Hot Pink Paper Campaign 2018

Backgrounder Paper


The backgrounder document provides information about key concerns, city incentives, and our asks to parties and candidates. It also addresses the importance of considering all policymaking through an intersectional lens. See the backgrounder




Hot Pink Paper


See the Hot Pink Paper




Party Report Cards


See the 2014 Report Cards




Follow-Up Report


The follow-up report was written in 2017 and assesses how Vancouver is doing around three issue areas that received broad support during the HPP Campaign: (1) Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls; (2) The Environment; and (3) Access to Adequate and Affordable Housing. See the follow-up report





Hot Pink Paper Campaign 2014

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