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This article was published 10/4/2017 (954 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
As a part of my role as MLA, I was recently appointed to be the Chair of the Manitoba Chapter of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP).
Part of that role is to promote equal representation in legislatures throughout Canada by inspiring women to discover their potential and to be engaged in politics. Being that I am an elected official who is a woman, I was excited to take this on, but was also surprised at what I have learned.
I recently found out that I am one of only 60 women to have ever been elected to serve as an MLA in the Manitoba Legislature, and of those 60 women, I currently sit with 13 of them. This would mean women only make up 23 per cent of our current Legislative Assembly.
If we look at the total number of seats in the House of Commons that are being occupied by women, the number rises slightly to 26 per cent, but as we can see, a disparity is evident.
This past March, I was honoured to represent the Province of Manitoba while attending Equal Voice’s historic Daughters of the Vote in Ottawa, Ontario. Having the opportunity to be inspired by the 338 female delegates who filled each seat in Parliament to mark International Women’s Day was a moving experience. Each woman represented the strength, determination and achievements of all parliamentarians who had come before her.
As these young women joined together in a multi-partisan gathering, they demonstrated that despite political differences, it is a shared desire for equality that will continue to bring us all to the table, and I firmly believe it will take a balanced dialogue and fighting spirit from both men and women to continue the global strategy of working towards gender equality.
I would like to extend my thanks to all those who organized, volunteered and participated in Daughters of the Vote and wish to tell any girl or woman who may think they are not capable of achieving their political potential to reach out. You are one of our wealthiest resources and if we work together, we will continue to see the percentage of women representation in politics rise towards equality.
For anyone who would like to learn more about participating in the effort towards gender equality in politics, contact my office at 204-505-9300 or email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
See you next time in St. Vital.
St. Vital constituency report
Colleen Mayer is the PC MLA for St. Vital.