Equal Voice offers a variety of programming, public awareness campaigns, and initiatives to promote the involvement and election of women to all levels of political office.
Join Equal Voice in a historic national initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s formal political engagement in 2016 — along with Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.
100 years ago, some women in three Canadian provinces (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) won the right to vote in provincial elections. A year later, that same right was extended to a limited number of women in federal elections.
Following these partial victories, it would take another 45 years for the majority of women living in Canada (over the age of 18), including indigenous women living on federal reserves, to win the right to vote.
Equal Voice is inviting young women from the ages of 18 to 23 to apply to be one of 338 who will take their seats in Parliament (from coast to coast to coast), literally. One young woman will be chosen from every federal riding in Canada to represent their community and to communicate their vision for Canada.
To ensure that these 338 emerging young women leaders, among others, become familiar with Canada’s political institutions and those women and men serving in them– so that they are equipped and inspired to participate in the formal political sphere in the years and decades to come.
To ensure that women are dynamic and equal participants at every political decision making table in the country.
EVE Award recipients are honoured at a special luncheon, hosted in collaboration with the Canadian Club in both Toronto and Ottawa. Recipients are chosen by each chapter in consultation with the National Office.
To read more about previous recipients, click below.
Be the candidate or support another woman in doing so
Building the Momentum to Elect More Women in Canada
A dynamic and engaging Campaign School designed to support Aboriginal women seeking leadership roles or elected office in their communities
Electing More Women to the House of Commons
Electing More Women to Queen's Park
Equal Voice has launched its Canada-wide initiative, Take a Girl to Vote, in partnership with the YWCA Canada, Apathy is Boring, Girl Guides of Canada, The Historica-Dominion Institute, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, and the Girls Actions Foundation.
This campaign invites Canadians to commit to taking a girl or young women of pre-voting age to the ballot on voting day of the federal election.
Equal Voice invites women and men to invest in them as engaged voters, potential candidates, and future leaders.
Pledge forms and campaign information can be found at www.takeagirltovote.org.
Take a Girl to Vote partners and supporters at launch in Toronto, April 20th. Press conference featuring federal candidates Olivia Chow, Yasmin Ratasani, Rachel Barney, and MPP Elizabeth Witmer.
Using the catch phrase iCommit to Vote/Run/Lead, EV is encouraging young women to not only commit to voting themselves on May 2, but to also lead their friends and peers to the polls to do the same.
Further, young women are invited to champion the cause of electing more women and, ultimately, to consider running for office or running a campaign themselves at the university, community or provincial/territorial/federal level.
With nominations now closed, there are 407 women running for the five majour parties in Canada. Equal Voice has tracked and published the entire list of female federal candidates.
If members are not compelled or do not have the opportunity to support a female candidate in their area, EV asks that voters find a candidate in another riding that they can support.
Individuals can donate their time, resources or simply spread the word about a female candidate or candidates that reflect their values.
Female candidates by region, riding and party affiliation:
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For women of all ages, back- grounds & walks of life interest- ed in running for public office.
Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.