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Women & Politics Forum
City Council, St. John's NL
April 26, 2014
April 21 2014
St. John's, NL: The Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of Equal Voice, an organization with a mandate to see more women engaged in, and ultimately elected in all levels of government, is hosting a ‘solution-driven’ forum at St. John’s City Hall from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Registration begins at 9:30 am.
"During the forum we will hear from incredible women who serve or have served in municipal, Aboriginal, provincial and federal politics,” notes Hammond. “There will also be a media panel, a panel representing the three political parties, and an opportunity for round table discussions and participant feedback.”
Equal Voice is hoping the forum will be the catalyst for garnering interest and support for the provincial Chapter.
“While this event will be held in St. John's, it will be recorded and posted via YouTube for the benefit of those who are unable to attend,” explains Hammond. “This is just a first step in our goal to engage women throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”
This forum is being made possible with support of the Office of Public Engagement, the Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Women's Policy Office, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The event is corporately-sponsored by ExxonMobil and the in-kind support of many local businesses. Registration for the event is $20, which includes lunch and snacks. Tickets must be purchased in advance at: Eventbrite.ca. There are also a number of subsidized seats available for individuals who require them.
QUICK FACTS - Women Elected in Newfoundland & Labrador (as of April 2014)
In the 2013 municipal elections, of the 1,982 candidates who put themselves forward for election,
31% (624) were women and 69% (1,358) males.
Among those elected, 34% (514) were women and 66% (1,018) were males. Compared to the 2009 elections, this is a 2% increase in women in municipal politics.
At 34%, Newfoundland and Labrador has a higher number women elected to municipal office than the national average of 22%.
The number of female Members of the House of Assembly currently stands at 17% (eight females, 40 males), and the number of female cabinet ministers is 20% (three females and 12 males).
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