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Unlocking the Power of Diverse Women in Politics

May 16, 2018 from 12 to 1:30 pm (EDT)

The upcoming municipal elections are an opportunity for more women of all backgrounds to enter the political arena and help break down the gender barrier. The United Nations defines 30% female representation as "the minimum percentage required in a government body before policy can begin to adequately reflect women's concerns". At present, an average of 26 % of all Canadian municipal politicians are women, with only 18% of Canadian mayors as women. However, among these same women, women from diverse backgrounds are some of the groups not well represented in local leadership.  

Join our panel discussion featuring women across diversities who hold elected office as they discuss how they have worked to change the face of leadership at the municipal level.   


  • Yolaine Kirlew, Deputy Mayor, City of Sioux Lookout, ON
  • Madeleine Redfern, Mayor, Iqaluit, NU
  • Rosa Pires, Development Officer, Concertation Montreal and Teacher at School of Community & Public Affairs, Concordia University


  • Paulette Senior, President & CEO, Canadian Women's Foundation  
Page Updated: 25/05/2018