Be Her.
Support Her.
Celebrate Her.

Wow, what strides women leaders in Canada have made! Let’s keep it up!

Equal Voice has been thrilled to witness the extraordinary accomplishments of so many women leaders from across the country.  But we also know that our efforts to ensure women get elected just CANNOT stop here. Despite a historic high of six female premiers as of mid year 2013, Canada currently has three female premiers serving as of the spring 2015: Premier Kathleen Wynne in Ontario, Premier Christy Clark in British Columbia and, most recently, Premier Rachel Notley who leads a newly elected majority government in Alberta. In several provinces and territories, there are some dynamic women leading Opposition parties. 

However, the reality is that Canada needs far more women (thousands actually!) serving in the House of Commons, in provincial/territorial legislatures across the country as well as hundreds of municipal councils.  Currently, just under 25 percent of Canada’s Members of Parliaments are women. Across the country, women occupy an average of 25 percent of all municipal seats.  

While many people think municipal politics is more accessible to women, did you know that only 16 percent of Canada’s mayors are female?

This is where YOU come in.

Equal Voice’s mandate is to be the place and space that women politicians and those wanting to run congregate in order to find the support, the networks and the tools to succeed.

EV also regularly celebrates women politicians through our annual EVE Awards in Ottawa and Toronto.  EV knows that every women we honour is an inspiration to thousands of other women for her courage and commitment to serve in elected office -  no easy task given the intense media scrutiny and workload getting and staying elected entails.

Will You Be Her, Support Her or Celebrate Her (or all three!) ?

To strengthen Equal Voice’s capacity to encourage and equip women to get elected now (or someday soon), Equal Voice is renewing its campaign to encourage one thousand Canadians to JOIN EV in just one hundred days.

We are also inviting dynamic women and men to consider serving as a 2014 EV Champion - adding your name to an esteemed list of leaders from a variety of sectors!

Meet our current champions here!

Our champions, women and men, are working with Equal Voice to EXPAND the opportunities for women on the political landscape. They are spreading the word about the work we do, encouraging individuals to join Equal Voice and reaching out to women to become involved in every aspect of the political process- whether it be as candidates, organizers, or supporters- or all three!

EV knows that Canada needs thousands of more women to Be Her and many more women and men to Support and Celebrate Her if we are to sustain the progress we have made.  Equal Voice believes that Canada's democracy only stands to benefit when women are equally represented at every decision making table.  Research throughout the world demonstrates that when women are well represented in politics, the conversation, the culture and the outcomes change – for the better.

To apply to be a champion, email us at champions@equalvoice.ca and tell us in 100 words why you are motivated to support our campaign!

 

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

Who Is Being Her. Supporting Her. Celebrating Her.

Minh Luu

Chief Social Architect, M&C

"The lack of women in leadership decreases diversity. When we decrease diversity, we decrease the pool from which we draw ideas and solutions. Equal Voice understands that diversity in leadership enriches us all and that's why EV's work is important to a stronger Canada."

Dr. Zul Merali

President & CEO, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research

"I am proud to be an Equal Voice Champion because of the strong role women have played in shaping who I am. Women need to bring their voice to the governance of our country. "

Alison Redford

Premier of Alberta (former)

"I know I have a strong caucus because it reflects Alberta’s diversity and includes the voices of some very smart and accomplished women. I’m proud to be Alberta’s first female premier and I get so encouraged when I hear other women talk about getting involved in the political process. With organizations like Equal Voice driving this cause forward, I know we’re going to keep making progress."

url: http://alberta.ca/premier.cfm

Amy Kishek

Law student, University of Ottawa

"It's about damn time."

Kerry Patterson-Baker

Product and Partner Communications MBNA, a division of TD Bank Group

"Women remain stubbornly under-represented in Canada’s boardrooms and legislatures. I have long supported initiatives that work to remove the obstacles that limit a woman’s ability to take their rightful place as leaders and decision makers. This campaign illustrates the ways in which we can all move this important objective forward: BE her, SUPPORT her, CELEBRATE her. I hope you will help."

Kathleen Walsh

Operations Coordinator, Rideau Institute

"I want to see more women in politics so that that one day it will no longer be acceptable for the media to concentrate on a female politician's appearance rather than her policies. I believe EV can, and does, help shape the media's portrayal of women in politics."

Hon. Raynell Andreychuk

Senator

"Involving women in the democratic process is about more than improving the representativeness of our political system. It is about fostering a policymaking process that is truly receptive to and reflective of the unique perspectives Canadian women bring to the table. Done properly, greater inclusiveness results in policies that more accurately reflect the breadth of Canadian society and experience, and that are more adept at upholding the common good for all Canadians."

url: http://raynellandreychuk.sencanada.ca/

Elizabeth May, MP

Saanich-Gulf Islands, Leader, Green Party of Canada

"Why should you join Equal Voice? Do you want your voice to be equal or do you want your voice to be 24% of the male voices that dominate Canada's Parliament? Do you want Canada's Parliament to rank 45th out of 189 countries in terms of representation of women? You should join Equal Voice because you want to be represented, and you are no longer willing to be embarrassed by this country's poor record. Women are needed in Parliament, and only you can get us there. "

Hon. Jean Augustine, PC, CM

Fairness Commissioner

"Women’s voices need to be represented among all levels of government to ensure a civil and caring society. Our political structures require the full and active participation of women to truly reflect the concerns and issues of all Canadians."

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