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Dr. Joy Masuhara

Women Transforming Cities International Society
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Joy is Co-Chair of Women Transforming Cities International Society (WTC). She has been actively involved in WTC’s participation in UN Habitat as a participant and speaker. She has been a lead on the Women Friendly Cities Challenge project which was launched at the World Urban Forum 9 in 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. She is also Co-Chair of the SOGI Partner Constituency Group of the General Assembly of Partners, a multi-stakeholder civil society group helping to inform UN Habitat.

She is the WTC lead on a Canadian Government funded project “Action on Systemic Barriers to Women’s Participation in Local Government”. Joy works in Vancouver as a physician in the area of older adult mental health and has a special interest in how multicultural issues impact health outcomes. She serves on several Boards and Committees related to elder care, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and applies an intersectional feminist lens to her work. Prior activist work includes being a litigant in the same-sex marriage case, which resulted in Canada becoming the 3rd country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003. She is a former member of the Katari Taiko drumming group.
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