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Equal Voice Youth Condemns the Targeting of Female Candidates at the University of Waterloo

Feb 18, 2011

 

Equal Voice Youth deplores the sexist posters and e-mails sent across the University of Waterloo (UW) campus targeting female candidates running in the Federation of Students (FEDs) election. 

 

This type of unacceptable behaviour only serves to discourage women from taking leadership positions, places where their voices are often not heard equally.
 

As an organization dedicated to changing the face of politics, our mission is to promote the election of women at all levels of governance, this includes student government all the way to the House of Commons.
 

The Waterloo region has a proud history of electing women - from a female Member of Provincial Parliament who has been in office since 1990, to a female majority on the city council, including a female Mayor.

 

We are encouraged to hear that so many young women are running for positions on the student government as this level of politics serves as a first-step interaction with elected office.
 

We applaud the leadership of the UW Women’s Centre and the Federation of Students in speaking out on this matter. Moving forward, we call on all female and male students at UW to speak up for gender equality and against sexism.

 

Michal Harewood– Equal Voice National Youth Chair
Etana Cain – Youth Representative, Equal Voice National Capital Region Chapter & University of Waterloo Alumni (MA, 2010)

 
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