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New Zealand Gov. Gen. Cindy Kiro, left, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are seen in 2021. The country ranks sixth for women’s participation in national parliaments.  NICK PERRY / AP FILE PHOTO
Monday, September 19, 2022
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics. What do Iceland, Mexico and New Zealand have in common? On at least one fundamental measure, they’re more democratic than Canada. That’s because in recent years they’ve...
Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured here in Toronto in June 2022, had insults hurled at her during an encounter in Grande Prairie, Alta. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press)
Monday, August 29, 2022
Chrystia Freeland latest target of public threats, intimidation against women in Canadian politics
Some journalists have been sharing emails detailing disturbing threats. Public instances of threats and intimidation of women in public life have intensified in recent weeks, with significant examples of abuse targeted toward politicians — most...
A conversation with… Iqra Khalid, MP, Canada (IPU)
Friday, August 12, 2022
A conversation with… Iqra Khalid, MP, Canada
As part of the IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Iqra Khalid, a parliamentarian from Canada. The...
Canada: The barriers facing women candidates (Municipal Campaign School Youtube)
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Canada: The barriers facing women candidates
A conversation between Curt (Wellington) and Diane Ballantyne, councillor for Wellington County about the barriers female candidates face. Click here to access the video.
Anita Anand, Chrystia Freeland, Justin Trudeau and Melanie Joly listen (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Creating space for women pays off
Three powerful women in charge of finance, defence and foreign affairs frame the Canadian Prime Minister during press conferences. It’s the first time in our history that these three top cabinet jobs have been held simultaneously by women. And in...
Municipal elections in Canada: A guide for women candidates (FCM)
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
Municipal elections in Canada: A guide for women candidates
In order to promote women’s role in municipal politics, FCM has created a Standing Committee on Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government. One of the tools this Committee has created to encourage and support more women in municipal...
Canada: Toward parity knowledge hub (Picture: Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
Canada: Toward parity knowledge hub
This compilation of resources from across Canada and around the world are some of the many tools, best practices, projects, research and ideas which have been pulled together with the hopes of promoting and achieving parity in municipal...
Toward parity: Inventory of strategies (FCM)
Monday, August 08, 2022
Toward parity: Inventory of strategies
A compendium of ideas to reach gender parity in municipal politics How can we begin to overcome the countless obstacles that are preventing women from fully participating in municipal politics?  The suggestions in this Inventory were compiled...
How to run for office webinars (Picture PoliticsNOW)
Friday, August 05, 2022
How to run for office webinars
Join PoliticsNOW as they dive into their upcoming webinar series. TOPICS INCLUDE: Connecting With Voters Crafting Your Message Canvassing Getting Out the Vote Self-Care on the Campaign Trail Campaign Finances: Fundraising & Reporting All...
Combatting sexual harassment in Canada’s legislative assemblies (Picture: Equal Voices)
Thursday, August 04, 2022
Combatting sexual harassment in Canada’s legislative assemblies
This report highlights the key findings from research conducted by Equal Voice on sexual harassment in Canada’s legislative Assemblies. Click here to access the report.
Building your audience through social media (Municipal Campaign School)
Thursday, August 04, 2022
Building your audience through social media
An interview featuring Kate (Oxford) talking with Alyssa Humphrey from the Social Factory. About Alyssa | Alyssa is a brand developer and digital media marketer located in Woodstock, Ontario with nine years of professional social media management,...
Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows off his gender-parity cabinet in 2015. PHOTO BY TONY CALDWELL /Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Piscopo: Canada’s claims to lead the globe on gender equality in political office ring hollow
Given Mexico's progress in this area, we don't even lead North America. Gender quotas are an effective solution. The prime minister may boast about his gender-equal federal cabinet, but Canada is tumbling down the global rankings for women’s...
Joining the race to replace UCP leader Jason Kenney are, from left: Leela Aheer, Rebecca Schulz, Rajan Sawhney and Danielle Smith.
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Canada: Four women join race for UCP leadership
Alberta politics becoming more open to diverse candidates, says UCalgary political science professor Susan Franceschet.  Despite the long race ahead, a United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership ballot boasting a record number of women is already a...
Why are there still so few women leaders in politics?  ILLUSTRATION BY PAIGE STAMPATOR
Monday, June 13, 2022
Canada: Why are there still so few women leaders in politics?
Women are more likely to hold interim leadership roles in federal politics, but clinching the top role remains elusive. INTERIM LEADERS HOLD a strange position in party politics. They’ve advanced to one of the highest offices in the country, but at...
More women in politics would help safeguard access to abortion (Picture: Toronto Star)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Canada: More women in politics would help safeguard access to abortion
"Women hold just 30 per cent of seats in Parliament; only two of 12 premiers are women. It matters because women matter." I remember sitting in the back seat of my dad’s truck, driving around Saint John when I was 12. I was feeling smug because I...
Quebec Solidaire MNA Ruba Ghazal said the National Assembly still has room to improve on work-life balance. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
How women have helped change the culture of politics in Quebec
As a high number of women leave the National Assembly, things are slow to change — but getting better. It's been 61 years since Claire Kirkland-Casgrain became the first woman elected to Quebec's National Assembly, and though women politicians say...
Catherine Dorion celebrates her win in the Taschereau riding in Quebec City in 2018. (Alice Chiche/Radio-Canada)
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
One in four women in Quebec's National Assembly aren't seeking re-election. What happened?
For women leaving Quebec politics, is quitting an act of self-preservation? The night she was elected in October 2018, Catherine Dorion ran up onto the stage in Quebec City and briefly stared at the crowd, shaking her fists in the air and laughing...
Quebec Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade questions Premier Legault during question period Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Dominique Anglade denounces double standard for women in politics
The life of a politician isn’t easy — even less so if you’re the leader of a party and a woman, says Quebec Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade. In politics, women are judged more harshly in many respects, she says. They feel the pressure to be...

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