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Carleton University and Equal Voice Join Forces to Highlight Research on Women and Politics

Nov 14, 2011

 

 Carleton University and Equal Voice Join Forces to Highlight Research on Women and Politics

 

Monday, November 14th 2011

(Ottawa)- Equal Voice and Carleton University’s Centre for Women, Politics and Public Leadership have joined forces on a new initiative to make research about women and politics more accessible to those who need it – female candidates, their supporters and those involved in politics and public policy formation. 

 

Equal Voice and Carleton will work with leading academics in Canada who will oversee the development of a user-friendly web portal designed to feature key resources for women in politics in Canada. The project was made possible by the generosity of the Bluma Appel Community Trust in Toronto.

 “It is our hope that a newly-minted female candidate or someone who is seriously thinking about running will be able to use this site as a valuable resource as they potentially prepare for a nomination or campaign as a confirmed candidate,” said Nancy Peckford, executive director of Equal Voice. 

The portal will feature four different themes pertaining to women and politics:  women’s experiences as candidates, including recruitment, nominations, fundraising, leadership and elections;  impact of women’s participation in public life; gender and voting behaviour; and existing and new strategies to promote increased women’s participation. 

Further, the portal will promote discussion among women with political experience regarding possible strategies to advance women’s participation in public office. 

“We are excited by the prospect of bringing new and relevant research to Canadians through this innovative partnership between Equal Voice and Carleton University,” added Clare Beckton, executive director of the new Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership at Carleton.  

“It is so important that women candidates and those involved in politics have a clear understanding of what is happening in the field and what women can expect to confront,” added Beckton.

Currently, Canada ranks 40th in the world for its representation of women in elected office at the federal level.  In the last election, 25 per cent of all MPs elected were women- a new high for women but well under the United Nations minimum threshold of one third.   

For more information:

Clare Beckton, Executive Director
Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership, Carleton University 
613 795-5026      

Nancy Peckford,  Executive Director
Equal Voice
613-292-7941

 

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Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.