Women Transforming Cities International Society was founded on the premise of creating cities where all women, girls and all equity-deserving genders can live full, safe and meaningful lives. We know that to do so, we require equitable access to services like housing, education and medical treatment, participation in decision-making and leadership, and for equity-seeking genders to be free from violence in the home and in public spaces.
People living in Palestine, Israel, and the surrounding region are being denied access to these very services. People are living without access to medical treatment, food, water and safety.
We support the Feminist Organizations Joint Appeal For Immediate Ceasefire In Gaza* led by Oxfam Canada’s: “The time for decisive action is now. Peace, human rights, and gender equality are imperatives that must inform the Canadian response to these current events, consistent with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.”
As an intersectional feminist organization, we stand against all forms and manifestations of oppression. This includes bigotry, including anti-Indigenous racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, racism, misogyny, anti-queerness, transphobia, classism, ableism, and all other forms of hate. We are deeply concerned about the rise of Islamophobia and antisemitism in Canada and globally.
We know that local government is an important site of resistance that can influence both our municipal and federal governments. We know that the more voices that join in, the larger the impact. So, together, we continue to take action urging our local leaders, our municipal leaders, and our federal leaders to call a ceasefire now.
For those wishing to support relief efforts, here are some agencies to donate to:
To our Prime Minister, urging Canada to demand an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Palestine conflict using this petition by 12:30 PM PDT on Nov 23rd
Letters to our Ministers or faxes (sent for free) using Canada 4 Palestine: Actions for a Ceasfire Now! template and its resources
To Foreign Minister Joly and members of Parliament using this form letter
To our Mayor and City Council whose names don’t appear on this list urging them to call for a ceasefire
Across BC, join us as we protest in downtown Vancouver and Nelson to call for a ceasefire.
Women Transforming Cities
*Due to the current cease-fire, we call for a continuation of the cease-fire and for peacekeeping efforts.