Be Her or Support Her Campaign

Be Her or Support Her is an action campaign created to galvanize women into seeking elected office or to support another woman in doing so.

 

Please select one of the links (below) to explore how you can be involved:

 

Individual Action 

 

Community Action  

 

Party Action

  

 

STATISTICS

While we've made progress, we can do much more. Here's what's happened recently... 

 

In 2007, all parties accepted Equal Voice’s first Canada Challenge on the same day in the House of Commons.

 

During the federal election of 2008, nearly 28% of all federal candidates were women, a historic high for Canada.

 

In June 2009, the five major federal parties committed to Equal Voice’s second Canada Challenge: Building the Momentum to Elect More Women in CanadaBy participating in this challenge, federal party leaders have committed to promoting the recruitment and nomination of more women to federal Parliament.

 Updated Stats: 

Recent statistics indicate that Canada’s international rank with respect to the number of women in elected office has not improved significantly in the last decade.  According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Canada currently stands in 61st place out of 189 parliamentary nations.

  

Federal

There are currently 91 women out of 337 Members of Parliament on the federal level, which amounts to 26.92%.  This is only a slight improvement to the 2011 election, when women accounted for 25% of the Members of Parliament.
 

Provincial

On the provincial level, 220 women are currently elected to legislatures out of 708 seats, meaning that women represent 31%  of these seats. 

 

Territorial

In the territories, women represent 15 out of 54 seats in the legislature, accounting for 27.7%. 

 

Municipal

Municipally, women represent 18 per cent of mayors and 28 per cent of councillors.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.