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Friday, November 08, 2019
Canada: Parties not voters to blame for slow rise of women MPs
By Melanee Thomas, When the ballots were counted, Canadians had elected a mere 10 more women in 2019 than they did in 2015, bringing up the proportion of women in the House of Commons from 26 percent to 29 percent. At this rate, it will take decades...
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Canada set a new record for most elected female MPs, but advocates expected more
Monday’s federal election saw a new record – the most female Members of Parliament elected to the House of Commons. Global News counted a total of 98 women MPs that were elected across all parties, an increase of 10 from the 2015 election and seven...
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Canada: NDP's Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, is Nunavut's next MP
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, was the youngest candidate running for federal MP in any of the three territories. Early Tuesday morning, she became one of the youngest MPs in the country. With 55 of 59 polls counted, the NDP candidate sat at 3,717 votes —...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Panel discussion challenges underrepresentation of women in politics
On October 11, the UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions and UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) hosted a panel discussion on women’s representation in Canada. The event included two panels, one with academics and...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Women in politics face abuse every day – and it’s getting worse
By Elizabeth Renzetti, Imagine, for a second, that you’re walking down the street with your kids or your dog and someone who doesn’t like the way you do your job decides to hurl abuse at you. This probably seems inconceivable, if you’re a teacher or...
Monday, September 16, 2019
Women in politics say they face more challenges than male counterparts
With nearly a month until the 2019 Federal Election, politicians are upping their campaign efforts more than ever. However, while campaigning is hard work for anyone, female politicians and those with political experience say women face challenges...
Friday, September 06, 2019
Men are more confident to enter politics and more likely to have been encouraged to run, poll shows
Men have greater confidence in their ability to serve as politicians and are more likely to have been personally encouraged to enter politics, a new poll shows, underscoring factors why women are under-represented at all levels of elected office in...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
How we can help women in politics overcome the 'cash ceiling'
By Tanya Nayler, Ottawa recently hosted Canada’s first-ever gathering of female first ministers for a candid discussion of the barriers for women entering and succeeding in politics. While Canada has had more than 300 first ministers in its history...
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
No women at the table as Canada’s premiers gather in Saskatoon
Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial leaders are in Saskatchewan this week, but for the first time in years, the annual gathering won’t have women at the table. “Symbolically, it’s very significant that there is no woman premier,” said Sylvia...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
House of Commons unanimously adopts new parental-leave policy for MPs
For the first time ever, members of Parliament will have the right to take paid parental leave from their jobs on Parliament Hill when they adopt or give birth. The House of Commons unanimously agreed to new rules that will allow new parents who are...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Canada’s first Ambassador for women, peace & security
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada has said that when women play an active role in conflict prevention and peace building, and when their rights are respected, we are better able to achieve long-term, sustainable peace. As Canada’s first...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Canada: Where have all the female premiers gone?
By Jennifer Hollett, Politics is the worst. It needs to be said. We can’t have an honest conversation about getting more women in politics without acknowledging this. I know it first hand, as I’ve run for office one and a half times. The first time...
Friday, May 10, 2019
Another barrier for women in politics in Canada: Violence
Despite Canada’s self-proclaimed feminist prime minister and gender parity in the federal cabinet, Canada falls well short when it comes to women’s representation in federal politics. Canada has just 27 per cent women in its Parliament and currently...
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Women in politics: Is the gender gap in Canadian parliaments growing?
 By Bhinder Sajan, You’ve probably heard of women smashing glass ceilings, or breaking through barriers faced by females. But in politics there’s also increasing recognition that women may also be vulnerable to falling off what’s known as "the glass...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Twitter bot tracks abusive tweets against female politicians
Artificial intelligence is tracking the vile comments hurled at female Alberta politicians during the election campaign. “One of the major barriers that women face when they're thinking of running for office, especially lately, is the abuse they...
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
'There needs to be more women in politics'
By Meghan Balogh, Young women from every federal riding in the country took part in a historic sitting in the House of Commons last Wednesday. Caberry Yu, a second-year medical student at Queen’s University, was one of 338 women ages 18 to 23 to...
Thursday, March 07, 2019
Being believed shouldn't be a barrier to women in politics
Individuals from all corners of Canada stood in awe watching (or listening) to Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony to the House of Commons justice committee on February 27. Many were shocked to hear about the alleged political interference from our...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Canada should elect a gender-balanced Parliament in 2019
It was nearly a century ago that Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the House of Commons. Her victory in 1921 meant she represented not only the southwestern Ontario riding of Grey South East, but every Canadian woman across the...