FCM to deliver municipal campaign training workshop for women June 9 and 10 in Regina, Saskatchewan (23/05/2012)
Berry Vrbanovic, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and councillor for the City of Kitchener, Ont., announced a two-day workshop in Regina aimed at helping women overcome the obstacles they face in running for municipal office. The workshop will be held June 9 and 10.
"This is one more concrete contribution to FCM's continued efforts to increase the participation of women in municipal decision-making," said Vrbanovic.
While women make up over 52 per cent of the Canadian population, only 25 per cent of the country's elected municipal representatives are female. Canada ranks 39th out of 189 countries for the number of women in politics.
The workshop is one in a series that FCM is offering in municipalities across the country with funding from Status of Women Canada (SWC). The workshops provide instruction, networking, and mentorship opportunities to women interested in running for municipal office. Women who already serve on municipal councils are involved in the workshops wherever possible, and provide a mentorship role.
"These workshops are an excellent opportunity to increase the participation of women in the building of a stronger Canada. We hope that the Regina venue will draw a large number of registrants from Regina and the surrounding areas," said Sharron Bryce, Deputy Mayor of Regina. "More women at the table will make a difference and ensure we are ready to represent citizens of Canada in all levels of government."
Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell, chair of FCM's Committee on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government, notes that "FCM´s program will make a meaningful contribution to help us reach the United Nations target of having a minimum of 30 per cent female participation in government."
Based on current statistics, Canada would need 1,414 more women elected to municipal office to reach the 30 per cent target. This represents an increase of more than 100 women every year for the next 13 years.
The workshops are just one element of FCM's broader program to increase the number of women in municipal government. FCM gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Status of Women Canada for this program. Participants are invited to register online.
For more information on FCM´s campaign to increase the number of women in municipal politics, contact Maurice Gingues or 613-907-6399.
All workshop and related materials will be made available on FCM's website.