International Cooperation on Digital Divide Roundtable
WTC Co-Chair Joy Mashuara participated in a roundtable hosted by the Inter-Council Network Provincial and Regional Council for International Cooperation on Digital Divide & Public Engagement. Joy spoke about the work WTC is doing to improve accessibility and inclusion in digital spaces, so that everyone can participate meaningfully.
WTC supports rezoning application to expand social housing
Women Transforming Cities staff member Mahtab spoke at a public hearing to City Council this past Tuesday, in support of the rezoning application from Soroptimist International Vancouver to expand social housing for no to low-income senior women and women-led families. The development project, which is being spearheaded by an all-women team, would create 135 units of social housing on an existing Soroptimist lot, with fully accessible design, to create a multigenerational living space for residents. The motion passed unanimously. Read more about the project here.
Stories from the Intersections: Racialized Misogyny
WTC hosted a panel discussion and storytelling event featuring shared experiences at the intersections of racism and misogyny. Thank you to our speakers: Nic Wayara, Tanvi Bhatia, Niki Najm-Abadi, and Ellen K. for your time and to all our attendees for their participation. The event was incredibly impactful and inspired us to continue learning + taking action.
WTC Summer Picnic
WTC community members gathered for an outdoor picnic, featuring a special performance from the band Axis II. It was so great seeing our community members after a long year of virtual gatherings and we are thankful we could get together!
WTC Intersectionality Workshop
WTC board member Trudi Goels and Tasha Henderson hosted a workshop on Intersectionality at the Burnaby Festival Ideas, and discussed how we can transform our cities into spaces that work for women and girls.
WTC Featured by BCCIC
British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) has released their first e-magazine carrying more than 50 powerful stories, poems, and artwork about the Leave No One Behind (LNOB) pledge. WTC was happy to take part in this project with a piece by co-chair Joy Masuhara on the Women Friendly Cities Challenge. See the e-zine here.
WTC is on Tiktok
WTC is on TikTok! We will be posting short videos highlighting important motions from an equity and intersectionality perspective coming to Vancouver City Council. We want to demystify the council process, draw attention to important motions and encourage people to get involved.
WTC at the CSW65
Two weeks ago, WTC hosted an event at the UN Commission for the Status for Women conference called ‘Creating Women Friendly CIties’. We were joined by partners at Col·lectiu Punt 6, The Seoul Foundation of Women and Family, NDI Iraq, and the City of Vancouver as we shared examples of Wise Practices around the world. If you missed it you can watch the recording here!
Challenging Racist “British Columbia”: 150 Years and Counting
WTC was a partner for the book launch of Challenging Racist “British Columbia”: 150 Years and Counting which was co-presented by the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre-Museum of Migration & the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office (download the booklet for free here).
WTC presents at the Vancouver School Board
WTC co-chair Joy Masuhara and board director Gurkamal Brown present at the Vancouver School Board facility committee meeting about changing the name of Gladstone Secondary School and other schools that hold up violent and discriminatory leaders.
WTC partners with ArtLink for an online event called (Be)Longing: Queer SWANA Women & Folk Talk Life after Migration. An open and safe conversation alongside a panel featuring queer and trans women, agender, and non-binary folks from South West Asia and North Africa as they shared their unique experiences navigating their identities and relationship with faith, family, and migration. The event aimed to challenge structures of intergenerational misogyny and homophobia and create a space together that paves the way for support and healing to catalyze hard conversations while also leaving participants with a sense that a better future is possible.