In just under ten weeks, Equal Voice received 1,525 applications from young women eager to participate in Daughters of the Vote, a unique initiative to mark 100 years of women’s formal political engagement in Canada, as well as celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Applications came from every province and territory, and included 220 entries from First Nations, Inuit and Métis women.
“This level of ready engagement from young women in cities, towns, rural and remote communities all across Canada, is fantastic,” said Denise Siele, of Equal Voice Canada. The quality of applications is superb and demonstrates that young women are eager to grow their leadership skills and play active roles in the political process.”
One woman, between the ages of 18 – 23, will be chosen to represent each of Canada’s 338 ridings, based on the caliber of their applications. Selected participants will be announced this fall, following an evaluation by independent panels in each province and territory. The five person adjudication teams are comprised of women who hold public office, work in the private sector and are volunteers with Equal Voice chapters. At least one will be an indigenous woman.
While in Ottawa, the young leaders will help to develop a strategy to accelerate progress on closing the gender gap of women in politics, meet prominent women involved in politics and other sectors, and will literally ‘take their seat’ in Parliament on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017.
The goal of Daughters of the Vote is to advance gender parity at all levels of government by providing young women interested in politics the knowledge, confidence and motivation to seek out roles in election campaigns, as candidates, campaign managers, fundraisers, data, policy, communications, and canvass leads, as well as ‘Get-out-the-Vote’ organizers.
With just 26 per cent women elected to the House of Commons in 2015, Canada is ranked 47th in the world on the “List of Women in National Parliaments. Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization, with eleven chapters across Canada