Women Transforming Cities launches “Hot Pink Paper Campaign" to highlight major issues

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Women Transforming Cities (WTC) - an organization of women, girls and allies - has launched a “Hot Pink Paper Campaign” to put 11 key issues forward for the municipal election, which would make cities work for women and girls.

Men and women and girls are working for cities but cities aren’t working for women and girls, WTC said in a press release. In organizing over 20 cafés in neighbourhoods across the Lower Mainland, they say they listened the key priorities for women and girls living in the region. Cities don’t put an equity or intersectional lens on their work, there are pressing issues concerning, WTC added.

Transit, Affordable housing, environment, aboriginal, immigrant, young women, violence, childcare and electoral reform are some of the issues outlined in the brochure.

One of the issues in the brochure calling for electoral reform also listed possible solutions for change.

“Women and girls work for cities; why don’t cities work for women and girls?” asked WTC members. “Only 16% of Canadian Mayors and 26% of City Councillors are women, and the diversity of women on municipal Councils, Park Boards and School Boards does not reflect that of the general population.”

Candidates and parties are asked to commit to running at least 50% women representing the diversity of the cities and encouraging Aboriginal candidates.

WTC worked with partners, which included SFU’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, Vancouver and District Labour Council Women’s Committee and Housing Justice Canada, to develop a brochure and the backgrounders.

The organization is asking all parties and all candidates to commit to acting on these issues. The brochure gives them concrete solutions, WTC said. Many candidates and parties have committed already the names will be posted on the group’s website Nov. 10.

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