WTC speaks on a panel at National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism: Building Solidarities
WTC co-chair, Joy Masuhara, spoke at the national forum on anti-Asian racism on a panel titled, "Addressing Sexual Violence Targeted at Southeast and East Asian Communities in Higher Education."
WTC puts on a Movement Building Workshop for its members.
Team member Ash Peplow-Ball and WTC volunteer Aryana Ashrafi put on a beautiful workshop that centered around grassroots movements and what makes them successful at implementing change. We also heard from WTC co-chair, Joy Masuhara, who shared her pivotal role in the Civil Marriage Act in which same-sex marriage became legalized inCanada.
WTC co-hosts Lessons from the Past, Calls to Action for the Future
WTC co-hosted a live screening of two short documentary films, "Militant Mother" and "Jean Swanson: We Need a New Map" followed by a panel discussion full of Vancouver changemakers and moderated by our co-chair and founder, Ellen Woodsworth. The event took place in a packed Rio Theatre and the conversation was enlightening, moving, and gave us some action items to address as we head into the 2022 municipal election.
WTC partners with the HiVE
WTC is so happy to have partnered with the HiVE, a co-working space commited to "amplify[ing] the social impact sector by providing the social cohesion, human capital, and resources that enable our members and partners to thrive." We can't wait for more staff team meetings there and to hopefully collaborate with other nonprofits working for change in the urban landscape.
WTC Speaks at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) SDG 11 Forum
Our co-chair and founder, Ellen Woodsworth participated in a panel discussion earlier this month about how WTC contributes to social inclusion via Watch Council, the HPPC, and our empowerment of local authorities to view policy from an intersectional feminist lens.
What Would Housing Look Like If Vancouver Were a Women-Friendly City?
WTC hosted our first of hopefully several housing events. Our incredible panel created an educational and motivating environment for us to reflect on what we can do individually and collectively to combat the lack of stable, affordable housing that allows all women, children, and gender-oppressed folks to thrive in their communities. A big thanks to our moderator, Tesicca Truong, our panelists, Sara Sagaii, Samantha Pranteau, Ginger Gosnell-Myers, and Janice Abbott and all our attendees and donators!
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.