Women underrepresented on Calgary city council; 18 seek council and mayor seats in 2021

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Women underrepresented on Calgary city council; 18 seek council and mayor seats in 2021

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Three women city on Calgary city council ahead of the 2021 municipal election: (L to R) Jyoti Gondek, Druh Farrell and Diane Colley-Urquhart. Supplied by the City of Calgary

Calgary city council has a representation problem.

Of the 15 people on council, including 14 councillors and one mayor, five are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) and three are women.

Calgary’s demographics from the most recent federal census are drastically different: about 40 per cent of Calgarians identify as BIPOC and 50 per cent are women.

‘We know that when we have a council with equal representation, there are better outcomes for everyone,” said Zoe Keirstead, chair of Equal Voice Calgary.

Click here to read the full article published by Global News on 24 April 2021.

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