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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."

Lynne Hamilton

Immediate Past Chair Equal Voice

"Electing more women is just common sense."

Dr. Hedy Fry, MP

Vancouver Centre Liberal Party

"We need more women at all levels of government in order to make better and more balanced public policy decisions. Women still face multiple barriers to running for elected office, and it is important that elected men and women encourage, mentor, and support them."

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.""

Laura Ross, MLA

Regina Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan

"Having capable, qualified women elected to public office is important in the development of well balanced policies."

Anne McGrath

Deputy Chief of staff to Rachel Notley

"Women's participation and leadership is fundamental to our democracy. It's not always easy but more women in politics gives us the potential and possibility of the best possible contribution to progress in society."

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."

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!"

Michael Chong

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Communities and Urban Affairs

"Canadians have only one democratically elected voice in the federal government: their locally elected Member of Parliament (MP). Women and visible minorities are underrepresented in the House of Commons, not reflecting the diversity and composition of the Canadian population. This makes it even more important to ensure that MPs from these under-represented constituencies be accorded the respect necessary to give voice to their views and aspirations. That's why I support Equal Voice's #RespectHER initiative."

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