Women Diversifying Cities: Making Your Vote Work for Women Webinar

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Explore how structural changes to our electoral system in Vancouver would help increase the diversity of the council.

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Women Diversifying Cities: Making Your Vote Work for Women - electoral reform

Join us our third event in the Women Diversifying Cities series where we will explore how structural changes to our electoral system in Vancouver would help increase the diversity of the council, and how you can get involved to create the change.

Zoom webinar link will be made available the day before the event.

This webinar is the second in a series about women diversifying cities, we welcome you to join us for all three.

Webinar 1: Dare to Run - Monday October 5th

Webinar 2: How To Take Action in Your City - Monday November 16th


Halena Seiferling

Halena Seiferling (she/her/hers) is a policy analyst, community organizer, and artist based in Vancouver on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh lands. Halena was a Researcher on the recently-completed "Action on Systemic Barriers to Women's Participation in Local Government" project with Women Transforming Cities and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW). Halena has a Masters in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University where her thesis focused on how to encourage more women to run for office at the municipal level. Halena has also worked on electoral reform, campaign financing, and climate change adaptation within a municipal policy setting, and from 2016-2019 she served on the City of Vancouver's Independent Election Task Force which made recommendations through two robust reports focused on increasing civic engagement, voter turnout, and fairness in election campaigns.

Rhiannon Bennett

Rhiannon (she/her/hers) is a much-sought-after speaker and is well known for asking tough questions in a manner that encourages engagement and dialogue. She is actively working to create a more equitable world for all. Rhiannon is Musqueam and was raised in Ladner with deep roots in the community with some ancestors living on land since the first sunrise and others who were part of the new fishing community arriving in the early 1900’s. In 2014, she was the first Indigenous person elected to the Delta Board of Education. As a Trustee, she focused on repairing and building stronger relationships with education partners along with ensuring a decolonization lens was applied to all board work.

Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer is a public servant, organizer and change-maker who served four terms in local government from 2002-2018 including 10 years on Vancouver City Council where she led ground-breaking policy efforts on social justice, greenest city, reconciliation and the emerging economy. She was the driving force on many municipal engagement, governance and electoral reforms including successfully garnering provincial support to ban union, corporate and large individual donations from municipal elections and establishing Vancouver’s first-ever Independent Election Task Force.

In 2018 she was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard in recognition of her civic leadership and currently works as an educator and strategic advisor, teaching about power and supporting courageous leaders in government, non-profits and mission-driven businesses. She also currently holds volunteer positions as Co-Chair of the World Future Council’s Climate and Energy Commission, Co-Chair of the Loeb Fellowship Alumni Governance Committee and as a member of the UBC Board of Governors where she chairs the Indigenous Engagement Committee.

Ellen Woodsworth (moderator)

Ellen Woodsworth is the founder of Women Transforming Cities International Society and Co-Chairperson. She works to make cities work for self identified women and girls all over the world from local neighbourhoods to global gatherings like UN Habitat 3. She thinks that women and girls work for cities but cities don’t work for women and girls. She believes cities must put a gendered intersectional lens and use disaggregated data on policies, programmes, budgets, funding, staffing and governance in order to create women-friendly cities.

Ellen is an international speaker and urban consultant on gender and intersectional planning. She is a former Vancouver City Councillor and was their representative on the Executive of Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee. Ellen provides workshops for cities and NGO’s using “Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for Municipalities”. She spoke at the UN Habitat 3 conferences in Prague and in Quito and at the Smart Sustainable Cities conference in Montevideo, Uruguay as well as participating in the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights meeting about the “Right to the City” and housing. She also spoke at WUF 9 in Kuala Lumpur and moderated the Women Transforming Cities launch of an online library of wise practices tied to the SDG’s, CEDAW and NUA. She spoke at WUF 10 on LGTBQI2S issues in Abu Dhabi and been a consultant to UN Habitat on LGTBQi2S issues. She is coordinating the Hot Pink Municipal Campaign, which focuses on 11 issues that could make cities women-friendly. She gives talks on how to put a gendered intersectional lens on everything from climate change, housing, transit, electoral reform and COVID 19.

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