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“There’s no Gender equality without trans women”: National coalition of community organizations

March 8 2023

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OTTAWA – On International Women’s Day 2023, hundreds of community organizations from across Canada have signed a statement declaring that gender equality cannot be achieved without supporting, celebrating, and uplifting trans women. Canada has seen rising hate against trans communities, and particularly against trans women, but trans women deserve our respect and care – in addition to concrete government action to address anti-trans hate.

Today, hundreds of organizations – both individual organizations and major national networks – have joined together to declare that ‘there’s no gender equality without trans women’. On International Women’s Day, advocates across the country have joined together to celebrate women in all their diversity.

While far right and hate-based movements have surged, trans communities have been under attack. But today, and every day, we must stand together to protect the wellbeing of trans folks, and particularly trans women – especially trans women of colour.

Concrete action is needed, now more than ever, to keep trans communities safe and protected. The national coalition has endorsed the following calls to action to address anti-trans hate:

  • We call upon the Government of Canada to ensure that trans communities are included in the forthcoming National Action Plan to Combat Hate, and supported with dedicated resources allocated to fighting anti-trans hate
  • We call upon civil society organizations across Canada to accelerate efforts to affirm, engage, employ, and uplift trans and gender diverse people
  • We call upon all feminists to proclaim that feminism must be trans-inclusive, and that there’s no gender equality without trans women

This latest campaign comes as a follow up to the Trans-Inclusive Feminism Campaign launched by the CCGSD, Wisdom2Action, and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in 2021.

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National organisations are listed in bold

2QT Pride at Nipissing University

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

ActingOut WR

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

Aide aux Trans du Québec (ATQ)

AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia

Amnesty International Canada (English Speaking)

APTS Quebec

ARC Foundation

Association Étudiante de l’Université de Saint-Boniface

Atira Women’s Resource Society

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

BC Federation of Labour

BC Health Coalition


Black Women In Motion

British Columbia General Employees Union

Broadbent Institute

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS)

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

Canadian Anti-Hate Network

Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

Canadian Federation of Students

Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Lived Experience Leadership Network

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Canadian Union of Public Employees (Nova Scotia Division)

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Cape Breton University Students’ Union Pride and Ally Centre

Capital Pride / Fierté dans la Capitale

CATIE, Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information

Centrale des syndicats du Québec

Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity

Centre for Gender Advocacy



Chroma NB

City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) / Initiative: Une Ville pour Toutes les Femmes (IVTF)

Coalition des familles LGBT+

Comité FrancoQueer de lOuest

Common Weal Community Arts

Community-Based Research Centre

DAWN Canada

Disability Justice Network of Ontario

Egale Canada

Elementary Teachers’s Federation of Ontario

Ending Violence Association of Canada

Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education

Faculty of Education, University of Regina

Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec-FIQ

Flamingo Rampant

Fora: Network for Change



fYrefly Institute

Gay and Grey Montréal

Globe Theatre

Halifax Sexual Health Centre

Hamilton Trans Health Coalition

Health Sciences Association of Alberta

HIV Legal Network

Horizon Ottawa

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

IBEW 353

Imagine Canada

It Gets Better Canada


Kind Space

La Débrouille

LGBT YouthLine

Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre

Manitoba Federation of Labour

MSVUSU Pride Centre

National Association of Women and the Law | Association nationale Femmes et Droit

New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity / Coalition pour l’équité salariale du Nouveau-Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour

North Shore Women’s Centre

Northern Mosaic Network


Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants – OCASI

Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association

Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)


Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)


Outloud St. Albert


Oxfam Canada

PACE Society

Parkdale Food Centre

Peel Alliance to End Homelessness

PEERS Alliance

PEI Transgender Network Ltd

People for Reproductive Freedom and Choice

Pivot Legal Society

Planned Parenthood Ottawa

Planned Parenthood Regina

Planned Parenthood Toronto – PPT

Pride at Work Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Public Service Alliance of Canada

QMUNITY, BC’s Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit Resource Centre

Qu’ART – Ottawa Queer Arts Collective

Queer & Trans Health Collective

Rainbow Collective of Thunder Bay

Rainbow Pride Centre

Rainbow Railroad

Rainbow Refugee Society

Rainbow Resource Centre


RDP PRIDE on Campus

Regina Pride Inc. (Queen City Pride Festival)

Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick

Rise Women’s Legal Centre

Saige Community Food Bank

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union

SEIU Healthcare

Sexuality Education Resource Centre of Manitoba

SHORE Centre


South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario

Spectrum (Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space)

Stratford-Perth Pride

Syndicat de professionnelles et professionnels du gouvernement du Québec

Ten Oaks Project

The 519

The AIDS Committee of Durham Region

The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough

The Enchanté Network

The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity

The Landing

Toronto Neighbourhood Centres

Trans Sask

Trans Support NL

Trans Wellness Initiative

Trans Wellness Ontario


TRAPs Quebec

Trent Queer Collective

UFCW Canada


University of Lethbridge Q-Space

UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity Inc

USSU Pride Centre

UVic Pride Collective

WAVAW Rape Crisis Center

West Coast LEAF

Women Transforming Cities

Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF)

Women’s National Housing & Homelessness Network

Women’s Shelters Canada

Women’s Network PEI


YWCA Banff

YWCA Cambridge

YWCA Edmonton

YWCA Halifax

YWCA Hamilton


YWCA Regina Inc

YWCA Saskatoon

YWCA St. John’s

YWCA St. Thomas Elgin

YWCA Toronto

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