14 inspiring young women invited to participate in political forums in Winnipeg legislature and on Parliament Hill
WINNIPEG, January 23, 2017 – A med-school student who spends her summers coordinating a health career camp; a young Cree woman committed to becoming fluent in the language of her ancestors; a flood relief worker passionate about politics and converting apathetic citizens into active voters are among 14 diverse young women selected to represent Manitoba in Daughters of the Vote (DOV).
Other DOV delegates from Manitoba include: an advocate for Indigenous women, girls, and transgender women who started the first pride movement in Manitoba; a law school student studying restorative justice and community-based healing; and a black belt in Karate born in the Congo but raised in Canada who can speak to parishioners in English, French, Swahili or Spanish while volunteering at her church.
A unique and historic political initiative, Daughters of the Vote will mark 2017 as the 100th anniversary of some women attaining the right to vote in federal elections, as well as celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Names and photos of the Manitoba DOV delegates, along with brief bios, are available at www.daughtersofthevote.ca.
“The quality of applications from Manitoba was superb and demonstrates young women are eager to grow their leadership skills and play active roles in the political process,” said Denise Siele, of Equal Voice Canada, the organization leading DOV.
“Through their passion, vision and actions, these inspiring young Manitobans will contribute to their communities, their province, our nation and the world in creative and impactful ways,” said Siele.
On Tuesday, January 24th, more than a dozen of Manitoba’s applicants to DOV have been invited to participate in a special event at the Legislative Assembly in Winnipeg to celebrate young women in leadership.
As part of the event, the Hon. Myrna Driedger, Speaker of Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly, will host two discussion panels about engaging more young women in Canadian politics.
The panels will let DOV participants hear first-hand from other female elected officials, including the Hon. Rochelle Squires, newly elected MLAs Nahanni Fontaine and Cindy Lamoureux, as well as former Members of Parliament Anita Neville, Dorothy Dobbie and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.
The Manitoba delegates will next meet in Ottawa in early March, when 338 delegates – one for each federal riding in Canada – will gather to ‘take their seat’ in Parliament on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017, to have their voices heard and mark a century of women’s suffrage.
The 14 young women, between the ages of 18 and 23, were among a total of 67 DOV applicants from Manitoba. They were selected by a non-partisan panel based on their demonstrated leadership potential, interest in public policy issues, and level of community engagement.
Daughters of the Vote is designed to underscore the still incomplete and often challenging journey of women's full political participation at all levels of government in Canada -- and to cultivate the women leaders of tomorrow.
Women comprise just 26 per cent of politicians currently elected to the House of Commons, and only three Premiers are women. Canada is ranked a distant 63rd in the world on the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s list of Women in National Parliaments.
Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization, with chapters across Canada. For more information visit: www.equalvoice.ca.
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