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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, 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...
Friday, November 23, 2018
Clear perceptual barriers’ that prevent women from entering politics: study
David Coletto of Abacus Data revealed key findings of the latest research study that surveyed women’s participation in politics, finding alarming but “not surprising” results on the gender disparity of engagement and political participation between...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Canada to host first women foreign ministers meeting
Canada is set to host the first meeting of women foreign ministers in September, officials said Wednesday. The meeting will take place in Montreal on September 21 and 22 while the UN General Assembly is underway in New York, Canada's foreign...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Canada: New project announced to engage Prince Edward Island women in politics
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Organizers of a three-year project hope to increase the number of Island women engaging as elected representatives and organizers. “Engaging Island Women for Political Action” is a project of the P.E.I. Coalition for Women in...
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Canada: New Brunswick's government to give political parties financial incentives to field women candidates
FREDERICTON -- New Brunswick's government is winning praise for its plan -- thought to be a Canadian first -- to give political parties a financial incentive to field more women candidates. Premier Brian Gallant said Wednesday more women are needed...
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Canada: Removing Barriers Preventing Women from Attaining Top Leadership Positions
Building on the Canadian government's long-standing support for broader gender diversity, Ontario is working to eliminate barriers women face in attaining top positions in businesses and provincial agencies and boards. With input from the new Women...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Canada: All-party support for legislation to end gender inequality in politics
As MPs start debate on Bill C-237, MP Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby South) announced politicians from across party lines support his private member's bill aimed at bringing gender parity to Parliament. "Most of the time in Ottawa, politicians from...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Canadian MP Michelle Rempel paints picture of routine sexism in Parliament
Female MPs are applauding one of their colleagues for writing a scathing op-ed that sheds light on the routine discrimination endured by women in politics. In an opinion column, Michelle Rempel, the Conservative MP for Calgary Nose Hill, recounted...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Canada: Daughters of the Vote
As part of the lead up to Canada’s 150th celebrations in 2017, Equal Voice is launching a national initiative, Daughters of the Vote, to recognize a significant event in Canadian history: The 100th anniversary of the first voting rights for a select...
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UN Women's Executive Director join forces for gender equality
During a High-level event on March 16, 2016 on how to achieve gender equality during the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations Headquarters, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the Executive Director of UN...
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Canadian Prime Minister names 50-50 Cabinet
On Novermber 4, 2015, Justin Trudeau, Canada’s freshly elected Prime Minister, named 15 women to sit in a cabinet of 30. Trudeau’s new ‘parity cabinet’ is a revolution in Canada as it puts an end to the long-standing habit of naming men to a large...
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Canada faces 'crisis' on indigenous living conditions
Canada faces a "crisis" over the living conditions of its aboriginal residents, the UN special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous peoples has said. James Anaya said Canada had taken "positive steps" but that "daunting challenges" remained,...
Friday, March 14, 2014
Carolyn Bennett
International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics spoke with Carolyn Bennett, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Liberal Women's Caucus in Canada on women's political participation in Canada, the challenges of creating a women's caucus and how...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Canada: Parliament Panel Fails Indigenous Women
A landmark Canadian parliamentary report released on March 7, 2014, failed to recommend needed steps to stem violence against indigenous women, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee did not recommend either an independent national inquiry or...
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Canada announces support for women in Middle East and North Africa
The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), announced Canada's contribution to two projects that will encourage the participation of women in the political process in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Canada: Women’s influence in Canadian politics growing slowly
Canada is seeing a growing number of women taking on the highest positions of power in the country. Five of Canada’s 10 provinces and one of its three territories are now led by female premiers. (Read article at: Cape Breton Post)