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Equal Voice Calls for an End to the Harassment and Bullying of Women Candidates and Elected Officials

Nov 15, 2016

 

Equal Voice stands with the women in Alberta who are speaking out against discrimination and harassment directed towards female candidates, and towards those already serving in elected office.  

 

We are distressed by the treatment of women in public life and deeply concerned about its impact in terms of the engagement of women in politics generally.

 

Equal Voice supports all efforts to end discrimination waged against women who pursue elected office and other leadership opportunities.  

 

To this end, the contempt shown by some towards the two prospective female candidates for the Alberta PC Leadership race is unacceptable. 

 

While a competitive leadership within any party can strengthen democracy, bullying and harassment  of those seeking to serve only weaken it.  

 

These recent incidents underscore the urgent need to dramatically improve the political culture, in addition to increasing women's participation in politics overall. 

 

In the coming months, Equal Voice will be working with champions across party lines in several legislatures in order to ensure the modernization of these key democratic institutions, and increase the sustainability of the day to day life of elected officials.  

 

Related Articles:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/polarization-politics-women-alberta-1.3845885

 

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/women-in-politics-unite-against-bullying-of-female-candidates

 

We Need to Address Misogyny in Politics: Attracting more women to politics both urgent and complex (Written by Equal Voice) 

 

 


For more information: 

Equal Voice National Spokesperson

Nancy Peckford: 613-854-9793


EV Alberta Co-Chairs:  

Lisa skierka: 403-465-3929
Lana Cuthbertson: 780-394-7473

 

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