Mayor to support motion to enhance women's equality in Vancouver

Mayor Gregor Robertson will be supporting a motion introduced at City Council on Tuesday, which sets out steps the City could take to enhance gender equality including ensuring equal representation of women on City advisory committees, reviewing grants to provide more equitable service delivery, and updating the City’s 10 year-old Gender Equality Strategy.

The motion will be introduced by Councillor Andrea Reimer at the Tuesday Council meeting, which is March 8th — International Women's Day.

"While we often think of Vancouver as a progressive city, there's more we could be doing to remove barriers to women and ensure that we are providing an equitable delivery of services," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "We continue to see women underrepresented in public life and in 2016 there's no reason that should be acceptable. I strongly support this motion by Councillor Reimer and hope that all of Council will be unanimous in moving forward with these common-sense policies."

The motion, to be introduced at Council on Tuesday, will propose three steps:

  • Council formally adopt a policy that the number of women appointed to City advisory committees must be equal or greater than 50%;
  • Staff undertake a review of City funding through Social Policy Grants and subsidized housing prior to the 2017 granting cycle to ensure that funding and support enables equitable delivery of services for women and girls, particularly in the DTES;
  • Staff work with the Women’s Advisory Committee to establish a process to review the 2005 Gender Equality Strategy and update it, with an eye to successful approaches, integrating more recently adopted policy such as that in Healthy City and the Mental Health and Addictions Task Force, and taking into account a change in national and provincial context.