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WTC Position Statement

What We Do 

Women Transforming Cities works to dismantle intersecting systems of oppression with equity-seeking genders and movements to transform where we live into places where everyone can belong, participate, and have social, economic and political equity.

 

How We Do It

Using an intersectional feminist lens*: 

  • We educate through workshops, mentorship, and knowledge sharing.

  • We investigate the systemic barriers that prevent equitable civic action and participation. 

  • We advocate for radical policy change that addresses all forms of inequity. 

  • We organize to create a more inclusive and representative local civic system.

  • We collaborate to strengthen our impact.

 

Our work centers and amplifies the experiences of those made most marginalized by the systems we are fighting to dismantle.

 

*We credit Dr Kimberlé Crenshaw with the term and theories of intersectionality, a groundbreaking scholar and writer on civil rights, critical race theory, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism, and the law. 

Where We Work

We work in cities, towns, local communities, and neighborhoods. We collaborate locally, nationally, and globally as part of a movement to transform cities. 

 

Who We Work With

We work with equity-seeking genders, including women, girls, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA++ and allies. We are committed to continuing to learn and evolve our understanding, language, and actions around gender inclusion.

 

Our Principles

 

We are an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-colonial, and anti-neo-liberal organization. 

 

We are 2SLGBTQIA++ positive, SOGI education affirmative, and strongly advocate for sexual and reproductive freedoms and rights, including pro-choice. 

 

We seek to be accessible and in solidarity with disabled community members/community members with disabilities. 

 

We support the rights, health, safety, liberty, fair-wage, well-being, and equal protection of all sex workers. Recognizing the distinction between human trafficking and consensual sex work, we advocate for the decriminalization of sex work. 

 

Why Cities? 

Municipal government is the closest level of government to communities. Local governments make policy decisions every day that directly impact equity-seeking genders - including transit, housing, childcare, land planning, use of public spaces, community safety, reconciliation and decolonization. 

 

Cities, towns, local communities, and neighborhoods are an important and often overlooked site of resistance and action in our pursuit of gender, racial, and social equity.