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The What:  How are women faring in politics in Canada?

  • So what exactly IS THE DEAL regarding women in politics in Canada? How well or poorly is Canada doing (apart from our six female premiers) and why does it matter? EV’s Fundamental Facts page with its Canadian and International reports gives you a better picture.
  • In partnership with Carleton University, Equal Voice is designing a web portal which will profile current Canadian research on four crucial aspects of women’s experiences in politics. Diving Deeper: A Better Understanding of Women's Experiences in Politics will allow women to Engage with Electorate Behaviour, Connect with Women's Participation in Public Life, Employ Exisiting and New Strategies to Promote Increased Women's Participation and Learn from Female Candidates' Experiences. Watch for the launch later this year!

Equal Voice’s One of a Kind Canada Challenge:

Before every federal election, Equal Voice works with all major federal parties on its Canada Challenge campaign.  Leveraging the good will we have generated in Ottawa and engaging in high diplomacy with party officials, Equal Voice secures before every federal election a shared commitment from the leaders of all major parties to field more women candidates. Read more about out 2007 and 2009 campaigns.  

In comparing the 2006 and 2011 federal elections, Equal Voice was pleased to see that 72 more women ran in 2011 (representing 28.5 percent of all candidates).

Our Signature Welcome Back to Parliament Event:

Equal Voice hosts its annual signature Welcome Back Event on Parliament Hill every fall for all MPs and Senators to raise awareness about the need for and value of more women in Parliament.

Our fall 2012 event focused on Optimal Performance: Balancing Work and Life in the World of Politics and Business and featured the Hon. Lisa Raitt, Nazanin Afshin Jam, Julie Jacobson, and Members of Parliament Justin Trudeau and Libby Davies.

Equal Voice in the Media

Equal Voice is the go to organization for comment on women in politics.  As a multipartisan organization with its eye on the numbers and women’s real time experiences in politics, we respond regularly to daily events and breakthroughs like the election of female premiers.  

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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.

Hon. Lisa Raitt, MP

Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party

"Studies have proven that women improve the management and performance of companies. Meaning that we, as women in politics, must also be improving the management and performance of this country. So I will continue to work to ensure there are more women. This is not only an issue of moral or ethical equality - it's just good sense."

Catherine Fortin Lefaivre

Principal, CFL Communications 2014 Municipal Candidate, Ottawa

"Encouraging women of my generation to become leaders in their community has never been so critical. "

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. "

Lesia Babiak

Executive Director, Government Affairs, Johnson & Johnson

"Johnson & Johnson, Family of Companies in Canada has been a sponsor of Equal Voice since 2005. I am proud of Johnson & Johnson's involvement in helping to encourage more Canadian women to seek public office. But as in public life, so too must corporate Canada remove barriers for women keen to serve boards and lead in senior executive positions. Equal Voice is helping to change the face of Canadian politics, but also stimulating important discussion in corporate Canada. I am excited, personally and professionally, to be a part of the EV team."

Lynne Hamilton

Immediate Past Chair Equal Voice

"Electing more women is just common sense."

Nicole Loreto

Vice-President, Communications & Stakeholder Relations, The Royal Ottawa

"We need to bring gender balance to all levels of government. EV is a national organization that can help create that parity"

Aimee Foreman

Past Equal Voice New Brunswick Co-chair

"“Deep change in our political system is needed. I believe it will only be achieved when our elected officials truly represent our citizenship; including ensuring a balanced gender perspective. More women running = more women winning.”"

Sheila Gervais

Former National Director, Liberal Party of Canada

"Women in positions of political leadership make a huge difference in how campaigns are run – and won – and improve the chances of having legislation adopted once elected because of their collaborative approach to decision-making."

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!"

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