Despite constituting more than 50% of the population, women still account for less than 30% of elected positions in local government across Canada. Social, structural, and economic factors can all hinder a woman’s ability to run for political office and to thrive while serving. Women of intersectional identities will often face compounding effects of these impacts.
The Toward Parity Framework provides a sector wide vision on the challenges and the opportunities that individuals, local government, communities, stakeholders, and regional bodies can adapt and implement to increase the participation of all women. Focusing on four key pillars of interventions, the Framework lays out a roadmap to support more women running for office, winning their campaigns, and leading effectively once elected.