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City Shift

Not everyone has had an equal voice in how we build and grow our cities.  

YWCA City Shift is aims to make our region more equitable, prosperous and just by supporting Metro Vancouver cities to challenge assumptions, incorporate diverse perspectives and support actions that serve the entire community.

I am an elected official or policy maker
  • The YWCA City Shift team can support your city to go beyond general commitments to equity and inclusion and move to tangible action.
  • Our project team and Advisory Council members are available to meet with Councillors and city staff to talk about options that meet your community’s needs.
  • Our Kick-Start Guide includes sample motions and policies from other jurisdictions, helpful examples, and other tools to support the process. All we need from you is leadership and commitment.
  • Sign up to hear from us and receive the Kick Start Guide.

 

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I am a member of the general public
  • Vote. General voting day for the 2022 General Local Elections is on Saturday, October 15, 2022.
  • Tell your local candidates about YWCA City Shift (cityshift.ca)
  • Ask your local candidates if they will commit to working with the YWCA City Shift team to support equity in decision making.
  • Attend one of our workshops and events
  • Sign up to learn more about City Shift

 

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Events and Workshops

City councils don’t always reflect the communities they serve. For policies that serve everyone, diverse input is needed.

YWCA City Shift will be hosting events, workshops and candidate meetings. Stay tuned to learn more and have your voice heard! 

 

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Reimagining Our Cities

To create cities that are safe, innovative and prosperous, we must support and empower everyone to thrive.  

This fall, YWCA City Shift will host a series of events and workshops. Join community, business and political leaders to imagine what our cities could be if equity and inclusion were at the heart of decision-making. 

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WHY CITY SHIFT?

Women from all backgrounds and identities have not had an equal voice in how we build and grow our cities. YWCA City Shift is committed to changing that – building cities where all women and gender diverse people are seen, heard and cared for. To create cities that are safe, innovative and prosperous, we must support and empower everyone to thrive.   

When we look at things from a variety of perspectives, we begin to understand that our identities impact how we experience city life. Because some people might just see a crack in the sidewalk as a crack. But for someone with a stroller, or limited mobility, a crack can be a major obstacle. Dark streets feel a whole lot different depending on your gender.   

Placemaking through the lens of different perspectives means taking into account the full scope of identities, realities, challenges and experiences of the people who make a city a city.   

We have the tools to make our cities fairer and more equitable, we just need to use them. It’s about positive representation. It’s about belonging. It’s about making cities work for all. It’s about creating a place where everyone feels at home.  

Learn more about City Shift

Contact Shauna Shortt, YWCA City Shift Project Lead at sshortt@ywcavan.org.

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Links and Resources

Learn about equity frameworks like Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

Check out more resources on the 2022 local elections

 

City Shift is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada

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