Women Transforming Cities needs your help to run our biggest impact and furthest reaching Hot Pink Paper Campaign ever.
Your donation will enable WTC to amplify the voices of communities who are otherwise not heard in the election process, and hold the Mayor and council accountable to their commitments.
As a grassroots, volunteer led organization, every single donation will have a significant impact and help WTC ensure intersectional feminist issues are at the top of the new Mayor and council's agenda.
What’s a Hot Pink Paper Campaign (HPPC)?
The HPPC is a way to look at how cities thrive when we apply an intersectional feminist lens to them.
ENGAGE - we connect with community groups and wise organizations and individuals to identify the priority municipal issues for all women and girls in Vancouver. We prioritize hearing from groups who are systematically excluded and oppressed from democratic processes.
ANALYZE - we synthesize all the important information we have heard into a list of policies asks to candidates for Mayor and council with the question: will you commit to implementing this if you are elected?
CHANGE THE DISCUSSION - we use the HPPC to challenge public discussion and debate around city issues and centre the folks who need the city to work for them most.
ACCOUNTABILITY - once elected, we keep the Mayor and council focused on making Vancouver a woman friendly city a priority through regular engagement, monitoring council agendas, and a mid-term report card to celebrate their successes and highlight work that still needs to be done. You can read more about that here.
Why the HPCC Works
We’ve run the HPPC for 10 years in Vancouver, and have achieved the following results:
The campaign keeps the issues that impact women made-marginalized at the forefront of election issues and encourages candidates to make it a part of their platform
It provides sitting council member and the Mayor with the blueprints and references needed to embed intersectionality within bylaws, motions, and decision-making
It gets results - councillors have told us that this campaign raises issues they otherwise wouldn’t have considered, and knowing that WTC is following decisions made at council holds them accountable during their term
The campaign helps residents make informed decisions when voting by providing accessible information to rally around issues that matter the most
We need you
Our budget for a successful campaign is $25,000.
Your donation will enable:
$25 will cover a month of the Zoom subscription that is essential for running virtual community engagement
$50 will allow us to distribute printed score-cards and information on the campaign in multiple languages to community groups around Vancouver to inform voting
$250 will cover venue hire and translation costs for one community engagement event to hear from women who are excluded from municipal processes
The money is used for:
ACCESSIBILITY - pay for translators, interpreters, presenters and moderators to increase accessibility of engagement
FAIR PAY - we compensate the folks who work on this campaign fairly
ENGAGEMENT EXPENSES - printing, digital tools and costs related to in-person community engagement events to help us reach groups who aren’t often heard from
PLEASE DONATE TODAY to make this campaign a reality.
Women Transforming Cities is a society and as such, can not issue tax receipts. Your donation will be made because you are invested in building a better city with us!
Wondering why we do all of this?
The city is experiencing multiple intersecting crises, and urgent, meaningful action is required by the Mayor and council.
The 2022 election for the City of Vancouver is a critical moment to create change on issues including:
Affordable, safe and secure housing - Vancouver is now the second-least affordable city in the world
Toxic drug supply - which is taking the lives of 100 people a month in BC
Climate crisis - the most recent heatwave has highlighted how unprepared the city is for more frequent and extreme weather events
Truth telling and reconciliation with First Nations in Vancouver
Anti-Indigenous, anti-Black, and anti-Asian racism, and islamophobia
Your support of the Hot Pink Paper campaign will enable WTC to amplify the voices of communities who are otherwise not heard in the election process, and hold the Mayor and council to account on their commitments.
One more ask...
Would you please send this to a great feminist you know and ask them for their support as well? It’s an easy way to double your donation and get the HPPC up and running faster.
About Women Transforming Cities
For 10 years Women Transforming Cities has worked in Vancouver, across Canada, and internationally to promote policies and programs that adequately address gender, race, and other forms of inequity in their design and implementation.
The WTC community speaks up on city issues, builds the capacity of all women and girls to engage in the civic process, runs local campaigns, conducts research and runs initiatives driven by our vision to live in cities where all women and girls, in all their diversity, have real social, economic and political power.
Our work focuses on fighting alongside all women and girls, including trans women, and anyone facing gender oppression.
Find out more about Women Transforming Cities.