The Vancouver Women’s Advisory Committee invites you to join them at City Hall to learn more about the City's new Women’s Equity Strategy (WES), created by City staff and passed at City Council in January 2018. We aim to raise awareness about the strategy across the city, invite questions and dialogue, and host a conversation about its progress culminating in recommendations and next steps.
Vancouver is one of very few cities to have an equity strategy like ours. It's a crucial start to the very important task of creating equality in our city. What does this strategy really mean for the people of Vancouver, and what is the role of individuals, organizations, and city officials in making this strategy work? Come and find out.
This event is being held as a lead-up to the Vancouver City Planning Commission’s Summit: A City For All, on December 4 2018. The goal of that summit is to explore, reflect on, and demonstrate what it means to be an inclusive community, and we will use this lens to explore the Women's Equity Strategy and consider how it can evolve and grow to become as robust and inclusive as possible, reflecting the ongoing and evolving needs of our community.
This is your Women's Equity Strategy, and your City Hall — join us in City Council chambers for a lively discussion followed by refreshments and socializing.
This is a free event, but requires RSVP.
Questions we will explore:
What should a «women's equity strategy for all» look like? Does the current strategy meet this standard? Who is being left behind?
What is the community’s role in the strategy? How can the community be involved in shaping next steps and action points?
Phase two of Vancouver's new strategy is yet to be determined: what goals and actions can we build into it to achieve a higher standard? What's missing? Is anyone being left behind?
In an environment of inequality, what mechanisms can we build to create greater resiliency for vulnerable individuals?
How can we use intersectionality (the overlap of different social identities) as a strength?
How can we create a sense of belonging and citizen engagement through the women's equity strategy?
Opportunities for community: After the October 20th election, all of Vancouver’s community Advisory Committees will be dissolved and then reassambled with new members. Put yourself forward to join one of the many community Advisory Committees that bring the priorities of the people of Vancouver to City Council!
The Women's Advisory Committee is a group of community members mandated to advise City Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for women and girls to fully participate in City services and civic life. We strive to create a safe, open environment for all and welcome people of all ages, genders, city neighbourhoods, racial origins, income levels, sexual orientations, and abilities.
We acknowledge that our community and this event is taking place is on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
The event meeting space is fully accessible, with wheelchair accessible and trans-inclusive washrooms. Children are also welcome.