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WTC Café XXVI: Near and Far

Who’s doing what to improve city life for women and girls? Come share your knowledge and experiences of local, national and global successes. Hear Ellen Woodsworth (former Vancouver City Councillor) talk about her trip to Ankara, Turkey for the UN Women Friendly Cities international conference. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl (SFU Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair) will discuss her work as a feminist urban geographer in Lethbridge, Alberta and other places. Marnie Tamaki (architect and founding member of GROOTS Canada) will share exciting news about UN-Habitat’s Urban Thinkers Campuses and how we all can be involved.

When? Monday, July 6th 6:30 to 8:30. Doors Open at 6

Where? Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews (Roundhouse Skytrain stop)

Join in the conversation; English & Spanish round table discussions. Refreshments provided.

You can register for the event here

Please contact for help with child care.

Wheelchair accessible. Everyone Welcome!


Tiffany Muller Myrdahl is the Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She is an urban geographer whose work focuses on municipal social policy, community engagement, and creating spaces of belonging in the changing city. She serves on the boards of Women in Cities International and Women Transforming Cities.

Marnie Tamaki has worked in Vancouver, New York, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea as an architect, primarily supporting women’s community development projects. As a founding member of GROOTS Canada and a board member of GROOTS International, she brings a passion to supporting movement building among organized groups of community women in the North & in the South to catalyze democratic urban development & advance sustainable cities. She has facilitated multi-country peer exchanges involving grassroots leaders, organized several exhibitions of grassroots & professional women’s innovative housing, space claiming community development practices, and co- authored an Our Spaces publication. Having been active in the UN Human Settlements process since 1996 Habitat 2 Istanbul, including the biennial World Urban Forum series, most notably the 2006 World Urban Forum III Vancouver, Marnie is pleased to be part of the current preparations with Women Transforming Cities for Habitat 3, the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development 2016.

Ellen Woodsworth is a long time activist for social justice, economic equality, environmental sustainability and creative cultures. She is Past President of Britannia Community Centre and Co founder and Secretary of the World Peace Forum. She was a Vancouver City Councillor for six years and during that time was able to co establish a Women’s Task Force which wrote the “Gender Equality Strategy for the City of Vancouver,” set up a Vancouver City Council Women’s and LGBTQ Advisory Committees, moved many motions to do with human rights and social justice policy including to have the City join the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination, encouraged the city to begin putting a Gender/Equity Lens on the City policies and budgets as well as founding Women Transforming Cities, Designing an Ideal City for Women and Girls of which she is now the Chairperson.

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