Women in Government
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Canada, a date which also coincides with our next municipal and school board election. In honour of this historic date, the City of Greater Sudbury has launched a project to put the focus on and encourage more women in our community to run for office in the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections.
Historically, women have been underrepresented in political leadership roles at all levels of government. Numbers revealed during staff's post election analysis of the 2014 Municipal and School Board Election and in consultation with other municipalities across Ontario reinforce this.
What is interesting about the statistics is that although they are quite discouraging at first glance, they reveal that across Ontario, when women make the decision to run they are more 10% more likely to be elected than their male counterparts.
Women in our community hold a number of leadership roles in business, education and health-care to new a few sectors, however, that leadership is not transferring to the political sector.
Programs to encourage more women to run for office are not a new concept, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Equal Voice have previously launched programs to encourage more women to run for office and provide them with the necessary tools in order to do so.
It is based upon these models that staff has launched the Women in Government Project, in order to help us identify and break down the barriers to female political participation in our community.