"Be More Than a Bystander Program" Get your municipality to be a partner

“Be More Than a Bystander Program” Get your municipality to be a partner ! This motion passed at the recent Union of BC Municipalities AGM. It is an initiative of the Ending Violence Association of BC and the BC Lions Football Club. The North Vancouver motion below is just one example of what your municipality could do.

Where are we now? The Hot Pink Paper Municipal Election Campaign Follow-Up.

In 2014, we asked municipal candidates to commit to policy reform in 11 key areas. We asked them to start prioritizing the needs of women and girls in the City and commit to action. 3 years later, we have followed up and here’s the executive summary of what they had to say about the Environment, Housing, and Violence Against Women and Girls. You may also wish to read the full report or look at the individual fact sheets in each of the three areas. WTC has learned that city staff after consultations with the Women’s Advisory Committee and in community consultation are completing an assessment of the 2005 Gender Equality Strategy for the City of Vancouver. This will go to Council by the end of

Our Annual General Meeting will be held November 18th

Our AGM with guest speakers Barinder Rasode and Sara Oritz Escalante will be held from 3pm - 5pm on November 18th at the Britannia Rink Activity Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver. You walk into the rink building and it is on your left. There is lots of space and all are welcome to attend. Our guest speaker, former Surrey City Councillor Barinder Rasode, will talk about being a city councillor, running for mayor and how we make cities work for women and girls. And Sara Oritz Escalante, from Collectiu Punt 6 (a Spanish feminist organization of urban planners and architects that directly engages women in urban planning though feminist participatory methods), will be at the AGM and will speak

WTC Cafe: SPEAKING UP, PUBLIC ART AS RESISTANCE: HONOURING OUR SISTERS

Friday November 3, 2pm-4pm VPL: nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, 730 E. Hastings Free Join us for a discussion with women artists working in the Downtown Eastside who are generating public art to share stories of women of this community. Their public art is a form of resistance as it honours women for their power, courage, resilience, activism, strength, memory, cultures and voices. The artists speaking up this afternoon include: Mercedes Eng, writer and teacher; Sharon Kravitz, activist and documentary filmmaker; Kathy Shimizu, a sansei (3rd generation Japanese Canadian) graphic and web designer; Karen Ward, art=politics=love=justice; Skundaal Bernie Williams (Haida/Coast Salish), carver

Thank you to all who made the "Cities Designed to Work for Women Networking Event" a succe

Women make up nearly half of the Canadian population, but their voices, experiences and physical needs are not adequately reflected in current planning and design of communities. Women Transforming Cities is challenging the way we plan and design collective spaces and experiences. Over 70 people attended our Cities Designed to Work for Women Event on October 3 to share ideas on how we can make urban spaces more accessible and inclusive of women and girls. We’d like to thank our generous partner sponsors Dudoc, for sharing their innovative showcase space and World Service University Canada, a Canadian non- profit organization dedicated to improving education, employment and empowering opport

Meet WTC Board Member Emily Morales

DATA StartFragment Emily brings to us a unique multicultural and social justice background shaped by her upbringing in Venezuela as well as her studies and work in international development. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, Emily interned in Canada with the former Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada); and abroad with the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation. Upon graduating, Emily worked for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada where she provided instrumental support in planning and implementing the Foundations two signature fundraising events that took place in ten Canadian cities. Emily moved to Vancouver in the fall

University Women's Club features Ellen Woodsworth at Persons Day Luncheon

Join The University Women's Club of Vancouver for their annual Persons Day celebration and luncheon on October 18th. This year they will welcome guest speaker, Ellen Woodsworth, former Vancouver City Councillor and Founder and Chair of Women Transforming Cities International Society. Ellen is a writer, organizer and international speaker and consultant on urban issues and is passionate about working for social justice, economic equality and environmentally sound planning. Ellen will speak about the work of Women Transforming Cities in partnership with the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) in a three-year project titled “Action on systemic barriers to women’s pa

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