Women in Toronto Politics is creating A gender-inclusive civic discourse in Toronto
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Women in Toronto Politics is a non-partisan grassroots group that amplifies women’s voices and promotes a more inclusive civic discourse for all women. For short, you can call us WiTOpoli (rhymes with “monopoly”!).

Through events, online resources, social media campaigns and workshops, we spark discussion in the broader public discourse about how city issues might have different impacts based on gender and other aspects of identity (e.g. race, class, ability, sexuality). We also challenge the ways our existing civic discourse may be hostile to and/or dismissive of women as politicians, media workers and engaged residents. Finally, we create inclusive spaces, online and offline, for women and trans people to share ideas and discuss municipal politics and city-building.

All this city-building, while we enjoy doing it with all our hearts, costs money to bring to life - especially if we want our events and resources to be accessible to as many people as possible. We want the brilliant creators of our online resources and facilitators of our workshops to receive honorariums for their work. We want to offer child-minding at more of our events so that parents can attend more easily. We want to be able to hire interpreters so that those with hearing challenges and those who speak other languages can still attend and derive value from our events. None of this costs a fortune, but as a grassroots group our access to grants is limited. That's why we need you - so we can offer inclusive, community-powered events and resources to build a city that works for all of us.

When you support WiTOpoli, you're supporting a group with a civic engagement track record that is pretty kick-ass, if we do say so ourselves. Here are examples of the kinds of things you're putting your money toward:
  • The Position Primer, a user-friendly website that helped Toronto residents compare their council candidates' positions on 10 key city issues, and an accompanying workshop for adult ESL learners.
  • A workshop series on city-building that resulted in four women delivering their first-ever deputations at Toronto City Hall, each of them supported by a research assistant and deputation mentor.
  • Simple online resources like our 4-Step Guide to Deputations at City Hall and the WiTOpoli Guide to the Budget, each with accompanying workshops.
  • Mixers and other fun events for politically engaged women to connect with each other IRL, like our "Women Explaining Politics to Each Other" mixer with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and our ELECTION movie party, where we played feminist bingo while watching cult classic "ELECTION".
This year, we've got even more cool stuff in the works, like our "How-To" blog series that documents how women have successfully navigated the institutions that govern our city in order to effect change in their communities. With your help, we want to produce an accompanying set of "How-To" workshops with live ASL interpretation and on-site child-minding.

We also want to adapt our Position Primer workshop for adult ESL learners to suit a non-election context and support a variety of learning levels. Finally, we plan to produce more online content that translates the city's jargon-filled and byzantine processes into plain language and concrete examples so residents can get involved without feeling intimidated.


We're full of ideas and lots of volunteer power to make them happen - but we need your support to keep costs low/non-existent for participants, so anyone can access the events and resources we create. So now that you know the deal, let's do this thing! Thanks for taking the time to learn about WiTOpoli. We're grateful for any contribution you can make to help us build a more equitable city.
Women in Toronto Politics is a non-partisan grassroots group that amplifies women’s voices and promotes a more inclusive civic discourse for all women. For short, you can call us WiTOpoli (rhymes with “monopoly”!).

Through events, online resources, social media campaigns and workshops, we spark discussion in the broader public discourse about how city issues might have different impacts based on gender and other aspects of identity (e.g. race, class, ability, sexuality). We also challenge the ways our existing civic discourse may be hostile to and/or dismissive of women as politicians, media workers and engaged residents. Finally, we create inclusive spaces, online and offline, for women and trans people to share ideas and discuss municipal politics and city-building.

All this city-building, while we enjoy doing it with all our hearts, costs money to bring to life - especially if we want our events and resources to be accessible to as many people as possible. We want the brilliant creators of our online resources and facilitators of our workshops to receive honorariums for their work. We want to offer child-minding at more of our events so that parents can attend more easily. We want to be able to hire interpreters so that those with hearing challenges and those who speak other languages can still attend and derive value from our events. None of this costs a fortune, but as a grassroots group our access to grants is limited. That's why we need you - so we can offer inclusive, community-powered events and resources to build a city that works for all of us.

When you support WiTOpoli, you're supporting a group with a civic engagement track record that is pretty kick-ass, if we do say so ourselves. Here are examples of the kinds of things you're putting your money toward:
  • The Position Primer, a user-friendly website that helped Toronto residents compare their council candidates' positions on 10 key city issues, and an accompanying workshop for adult ESL learners.
  • A workshop series on city-building that resulted in four women delivering their first-ever deputations at Toronto City Hall, each of them supported by a research assistant and deputation mentor.
  • Simple online resources like our 4-Step Guide to Deputations at City Hall and the WiTOpoli Guide to the Budget, each with accompanying workshops.
  • Mixers and other fun events for politically engaged women to connect with each other IRL, like our "Women Explaining Politics to Each Other" mixer with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and our ELECTION movie party, where we played feminist bingo while watching cult classic "ELECTION".
This year, we've got even more cool stuff in the works, like our "How-To" blog series that documents how women have successfully navigated the institutions that govern our city in order to effect change in their communities. With your help, we want to produce an accompanying set of "How-To" workshops with live ASL interpretation and on-site child-minding.

We also want to adapt our Position Primer workshop for adult ESL learners to suit a non-election context and support a variety of learning levels. Finally, we plan to produce more online content that translates the city's jargon-filled and byzantine processes into plain language and concrete examples so residents can get involved without feeling intimidated.


We're full of ideas and lots of volunteer power to make them happen - but we need your support to keep costs low/non-existent for participants, so anyone can access the events and resources we create. So now that you know the deal, let's do this thing! Thanks for taking the time to learn about WiTOpoli. We're grateful for any contribution you can make to help us build a more equitable city.

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