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What We Do

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

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-deserving 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.
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WHY CITIES?
Municipal government is the closest level of government to communities and to women. Cities make policy decisions everyday that directly impact women and girls - from transit, housing, childcare, use of public spaces, safety, and acknowledgement of unceded lands. Cities are an important and overlooked site of resistance and action in our pursuit of gender, racial and social 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.

*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, race, racism, and law. 

Our Principles

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We seek to be accessible and in solidarity with disabled community members and community members with disabilities. 
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We are 2SLGBTQIA++ positive, SOGI education affirmative, and strongly advocate for sexual and reproductive freedoms and rights, including pro-choice. 
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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. 
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We are an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-colonial, and anti-neo-liberal organization. 
We are an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-colonial, and anti-neo-liberal organization. 
Visit our short glossary of terms to better understand what we stand for.

WTC in the Media

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A Vancouver councillor wants increased surveillance cameras in the city. Will that make us more safe?
 
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Let's rename Gladstone secondary after iconic Rosemary Brown
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Opinion: Racialized women bear the brunt of pandemic terminations in hotels
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Feminist Cities: Why do so many women still feel unsafe walking the streets of our cities?
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Letters to The Sun, Dec. 18, 2021: Vancouver’s mayoral race has a gender problem
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Managing Childcare: The Power Of Family-Friendly And Inclusive Cities