While some say factors such as environmental impact and reducing taxes need to be factored into more of the decisions in civic politics, local group Women Transforming Cities says, a key factor that’s missing in the city’s dialogue is: women.
Spokeswoman Ellen Woodsworth says Vancouver’s “Greenest City” strategy is just one example where a gender equity lense is lacking.
“We’re not looking at recycling in terms of it will probably be women who do the most of the recyling. We are not looking at the fact that women make 80 percent of the business decisions in their families.”
Woodsworth says the group is developing ideas that they’re hoping more candidates and parties running in the upcoming civic elections in November will sign on to.