Feminist City: How to Build a More Just, Sustainable Vancouver

November 27, 2019

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 27, 7:00PM–9:00PM, ICBC Salon 20–30, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance)

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities & ZG Communications

Who is the city of Vancouver built for? How does our city actively re-enforce social inequalities? And, most importantly, how do we revolutionize urban life in the name of social equality and justice?

Esteemed community leaders Mebrat Beyene (Executive Director, WISH Drop-In Centre Society) and Genesa Greening (Head, BC Women’s Health Foundation) join Women's Studies Professor Leslie Kern for a galvanizing discussion, exposing how our city is a site of ongoing gendered struggle. Together, they'll lead a fiery exploration on how women and marginalized persons of all backgrounds can push back against systemic barriers designed to keep minorities "in their place," and re-imagine a more sustainable, just Vancouver that supports all of us.

Join us for a powerful, barrier-breaking discussion on how we can transform Vancouver into a more feminist, inspiring and vibrant community.


Leslie Kern, Author and Women’s Studies Professor
Mebrat Beyene, WISH Drop-In Centre Society
Genesa Greening, Head of BC Women’s Health Foundation

Additional speakers to be announced.

About "Feminist City"

"Feminist City: A Field Guide" combines memoir, feminist theory, pop culture, and geography to expose what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built right into our cities, homes, and neighbourhoods. Focusing on gendered experiences of the city, the books grapples with the challenge of claiming urban space amongst barriers designed to keep women “in their place.” From the geography of rape culture to the politics of snow removal, the city is an ongoing site of gendered struggle. Yet the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping new social relations based around care and justice.

Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out a feminist intersectional approach to urban histories and pathways towards different urban futures. Feminist questions about safety and fear, paid and unpaid work, and rights and representation prompt us to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and open space to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and care-full cities together.

Accessibility Information

Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor in the east hallway. All floors within the building, including the venue and washrooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators. Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can make this event more accessible for you.

For further accessibility inquiries, please contact Rebecca Pengl, publicist: rebecca@zgcommunications.com