Publications

These publications are part of a three-year project titled, “Action on Systemic Barriers to Women’s Participation in Local Government”, funded by Status of Women Canada. The collaboration between the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and Women Transforming Cities involves working within the cities of Vancouver, BC and Surrey, BC to develop effective and sustainable approaches to gender-based inclusion and equity within local governance policies and structures.

 

 

Fact Sheets


Cities as Employers: Vancouver and Surrey (2020)

    CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

Cities as Employers is part of a 4-part series of 2-pagers summarizing the main issues that arrose during the Action on Systemic Barriers to Women's Participation in Local Government project. This 2-pager explores: What is the current lanscape of the employees working for the cities of Vancouver and Surrey? How can cities, such as Vancouver and Surrey, ensure that they hire and support women workers in all their diversity? What recommendations have diverse women put forward to this end?

 

 

Public Engagement: Vancouver and Surrey (2020)

    CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

Public Engagement is part of a 4-part series of 2-pagers summarizing the main issues that arrose during the Action on Systemic Barriers to Women's Participation in Local Government project. This 2-pager explores: How do the cities of Vancouver and Surrey currently engage with and learn about citizens' needs? Which women are missing from these conversations? How can cities improve these efforts to include and meaningfully engage with women in all their diversity?

 

 

Women in Local Government: Vancouver and Surrey (2020)

    CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

Women in Local Government is part of a 4-part series of 2-pagers summarizing the main issues that arrose during the Action on Systemic Barriers to Women's Participation in Local Government project. Research found that City Councils in Vancouver and Surrey do not represent the cities' respective populations; there is a lack of representation of diverse women and people as elected officials. This 2-pager offers an in-depth look at this issue and offers recommendations to cities and citizens on how to get involved and gain adequate representation.

 

 

Women on City Advisory Groups: Vancouver and Surrey (2020)

    CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

Women on City Advisory Groups is part of a 4-part series of 2-pagers summarizing the main issues that arrose during the Action on Systemic Barriers to Women's Participation in Local Government project. Citizen-led advisory groups are avenues where women can contribute to making the decisions that affect their daily lives. It is important that women's voices are heard in all city advisory groups, however that is not currently the case in Vancouver and Surrey. This 2-pager looks at the current obstacles that are hindering diverse women's meaningful participation in these groups and what cities and citizens can do to ensure that more women can contribute.

 

 

Reports


Final Report: Action on systemic barriers to women's participation in local government (2020)

    CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

The final report offers an overview of this three-year project, concentrating on four areas in which women participate in local civic life: as candidates and elected decision-makers; as participants in citizen-led municipal advisory bodies; as municipal employees; and as participants in city-led public engagement efforts. Project staff conducted quantitative and qualitative research for each of these areas to establish an evidence base of barriers women encountered, opportunities they experienced, and their recommendations for change and action for each of these areas. The focus was specifically on what cities as institutions can do to create more opportunities for women from diverse backgrounds to participate fully in these civic forums.

 

Dark Blue Cover Page of Report with white text

 

Voter Engagement, Electoral Systems, and Diverse Women’s Political Representation: A Brief Review (2019)

CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

Using the 2018 Vancouver, BC elections as a case study, this brief review looks at representation on citcouncil and who votes in municipal elections.

 

 

 

 

Funding for Women's Organizations policy briefing note

 

Pathways to a Women-friendly Surrey: Outcome Report (2018)

CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

This outcome report presents the expertise of women participating in a forum held in Surrey, BC. The forum set out to find out why and how women become involved in the city, what helps and supports a woman candidate and what barriers or challenges she faces.

 

 

 

 

The title page of the report features a young women with a ponytail looking down while writing.

 

Hot Pink Pathways to a Women-Friendly Vancouver: Outcome Report (2018)

CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

This outcome report presents the expertise of women participating in a forum held in Vancouver, BC. The forum set out to find out why and how women become involved in the city, what helps and supports a woman candidate and what barriers or challenges she faces.

 
 
 
 

Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce policy briefing note

 

Barriers Facing Women in Politics (2018)

CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

This briefing note was submitted to House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women in July 2018. It presents the many barriers that explain women's significant underrepresentation at all levels of government, as well as recommendations on how to alleviate these barriers.

 

 

 

Literature Review for Action on Systemic Barriers to Women's Participation in Local Government

 

Literature Review for “Action on Systemic Barriers to Women’s Participation in Local Government” (2017)

Willow Samara Allen, Ph.D.

This literature review gives an overview of the identified barriers to women’s involvement in local governance in Surrey, BC and Vancouver, BC, and the strategies to overcome those barriers.  

 

 

 

 

Presentations


First page of the slideshow presentation with the workshop title and partner logos. There is a green pattern on both sides.(Taking) Action on Systemic Barriers in Women's Participation in Local Government (2020)

CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

This presentation delivered at the Women Shaping Surrey summit explains the importance of women's issues in municipal policy and gives examples of women's organizations promoting political advocacy and involvement.

 

Title slide for the Taking Action on Systemic Barriers Surrey Presentation

(Taking) Action on Systemic Barriers in Women's Participation in Local Government (2020)

CRIAW-ICREF and WTC

This presentation delivered at the Women Shaping Surrey summit looks into barriers diverse women face in getting involved in municipal politics and advisory committees.