Ten inspiring young women invited to participate in political forums in Fredericton legislature and on Parliament Hill
OTTAWA, February 6, 2017 – A municipal councillor elected at age 18 in Rogersville, the President of the Canadian Francophone Games in 2017 and a biology student with a passion for assisting refugees are among 10 of the diverse young women selected to represent New Brunswick in Daughters of the Vote (DOV).
Other DOV delegates from New Brunswick include: an advocate for the development of a sexual assault crisis centre, a woman planning to start a business focused on mental health awareness and the director of youth engagement at a community centre in Quispamsis.
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 New Brunswick DOV delegates, along with brief bios, are available at www.daughtersofthevote.ca.
“The quality of applications from New Brunswick 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 New Brunswickers will contribute to their communities, their province, our nation and the world in creative and impactful ways,” said Siele.
On Tuesday, February 7th, some 15 – 20 of New Brunswick’s applicants to DOV have been invited to participate in a day long program to celebrate young women in leadership.
The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a briefing at the Women's Equality Branch Office led by Denise Siele and Melina Bouchard of the Women’s Equality Branch. Media are invited to attend this session at 551 King Street, Suite A. (Enter using the side door on right hand side of the building.)
Delegates will then depart for the Legislative Assembly to watch the Budget Speech. After this, from 2:00 -3:45 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on engaging more young women in Canadian politics, with MLAs Monique LeBlanc and Dorothy Shephard. This panel is also opening to the media and will be held in a Committee Room in the Legislature.
The New Brunswick delegates will next meet in Ottawa in early March, when 338 young women – 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 10 young women, between the ages of 18 and 23, were among a total of over 50 DOV applicants from New Brunswick. They were selected by Equal Voce, with input from New Brunswick community leaders, on the basis of 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 female 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.
Contact: Susan King, 613.724.1518; firstname.lastname@example.org