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 one female premier serving as of the July 2018: Premier Rachel Notley who leads an 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 27 percent of Canada’s Members of Parliaments are women. Across the country, women occupy an average of 28 percent of all municipal seats.  

While many people think municipal politics is more accessible to women, did you know that only 18 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 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.

Daryna Kutsyna

J.D. Candidate at University of Toronto Faculty of Law

""A more representative government is a government that is more inclusive, more functional, and more accountable to its constituents. By getting more women elected to all levels of public office, we ensure a system that is better to all through being rooted in fundamental equality and complete franchise.""

Michal Harewood

Former National Youth Chair, Equal Voice

"Young women are our future and engaging them now is key to ensuring a balanced and vibrant democracy going forward."

Megan Leslie

Former NDP MP president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund Canada

"Working together we can reduce barriers for women in all aspects of politics from political research, writing and organizing, to running for elected office. Having legislatures and decision-making bodies that truly reflect gender balance in this country will create a better Canada for all Canadians – let’s get going!"

Avril Benoit

Humanitarian Aid Worker

"Canadians are in no position to hector others on their discriminatory practices against women unless we show, through the meaningful representation of our elected officials, that women have a role in decision-making for the greater good. "

Jackie DaSilva

Communications Co-Chair, EV Toronto

"I can only be what I can see: we need a critical mass of women in politics to finally turn the tide on the centuries-old perception of politics as an 'old boys club', into a world that is abundant with women's voices."

Kathleen Monk

Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Consultant

"Equal Voice challenges women to move beyond exercising influence at the ballot box and supports women in winning seats on the political benches. I’m an Equal Voice champion because I want to see more women winning."

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/

Kathleen Walsh

Director of Policy at Evidence for Democracy

"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."

Denise Siele

Managing Partner, SEMgroup

"Equal Voice gets it and Canadians get it. Strengthened participation means a strengthened Canada."

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