What you need to know
Join us on International Women’s Day, External website, opens in new tab a global day of recognition celebrating achievements toward gender equity and raising awareness about the work still left to be done.
On March 8, we celebrate those who seek to improve the lives of women and girls through cultural, legal, economic, and social change.
We continually aim to support and improve our work towards gender parity.
The Women’s Equity Strategy, approved by Council in 2018, is a 10-year initiative aimed at addressing barriers faced by cis and trans women.
This strategy includes multi-year projects aimed at providing all women and girls, Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender diverse peoples with equitable opportunities to fully participate in the political, economic, cultural, and social life of Vancouver.
#BreaktheBias: Women working at the City
This year’s theme is #BreaktheBias, and to celebrate we have highlighted the range of women working at the City in a range of careers that are under-represented by women, such as Engineering, Fire and Rescue Services, Information Technology, and Trades and Operations.
Firefighter, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
Sushmitha Karunakaran (she/her)
Civil Engineer, Waterworks Design Branch, Engineering Services
Civil Engineer, Transportation Planning
Business Consultant, IT, Digital Strategy and 3-1-1
Electrician, Real Estate and Facilities Management
Program Manager, Elections, City Clerk’s and Council, Technology Services
Deputy City Manager
Superintendent, Manager Street Operations
Cathy Palmer (she/her)
Branch Manager, Parking Operations and Enforcement
Beyond March 8
While International Women’s Day is a global occasion to celebrate women and people of marginalized genders, the work to achieve gender equity goes on throughout the year.
Colonial and patriarchal structures continue to oppress racialized peoples and people of marginalized genders. These systems impact people’s ability to access safety, employment, justice, health care, housing, education, and reproductive rights.
We are committed to promoting equity and justice, and continue to work to address these systemic and structural oppressions that perpetuate inequities.
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