Forty-two inspiring young women invited to participate in political forums in Victoria legislature and on Parliament Hill
VANCOUVER, September 26, 2016 – A young woman from a small northern community who represented her people at a UN Indigenous conference, a Shulich Leader studying biomedicine, a slam poet who used to live in foster care, a new Canadian from Ethiopia who is working to help other new arrivals feel at home in Canada, a University of the Fraser Valley’s ‘CLEAR on Consent’ Campaign volunteer, an LGBTQIA+ youth advocate, a renewable energy campaign coordinator from the Kootenays, and a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade employee who delivers leadership programs are among the diverse young women selected to represent British Columbia in Daughters of the Vote (DOV).
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.
“The quality of applications from British Columbia was superb and demonstrate young women are eager to grow their leadership skills and play active roles in the political process,” said Nancy Peckford, Executive Director of Equal Voice, the organization leading DOV. “Through their passion, vision and actions, these inspiring young women will contribute to their communities, their province, our nation and the world in creative and impactful ways.”
On Monday October 3rd, many of British Columbia’s DOV delegates will participate in a special event in Victoria to launch Women’s History Month. The event takes place at 11 a.m. in the provincial legislature, and is open to media who register in advance. As part of the celebrations, a permanent exhibit representing 100 Years of Women and the Vote will be unveiled in the provincial legislature. Afterwards, DOV delegates will participate in a roundtable discussion on engaging more young women in Canadian politics.
The women will next meet in Ottawa when 338 delegates – one for every 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 42 young women, between the ages of 18 and 23, were among 226 applicants from British Columbia. They were selected by an independent adjudication panel based on their demonstrated leadership potential, keen interest in public policy issues and level of community engagement. A list of the BC delegates and their short bios is available at www.daughtersofthevote.ca
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; only three Premiers are women. Canada is ranked 64th in the world on the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s list of Women in National Parliaments. http://www.ipu.org/WMN-e/classif.htm
Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization, with chapters across Canada, including in British Columbia, where there are volunteer groups in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and at the University of British Columbia. For more information visit: www.equalvoice.ca.
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Media interested in attending the October 3rd event in the Provincial Legislature must register in advance with Carolyn Jack. Interviews with Equal Voice leaders and Daughters of the Vote delegates are available upon request.
Contact: Carolyn Jack, cell: 604-970-3234; firstname.lastname@example.org