YWCA Works With District To Elect More Women To Municipal Government

Posted: 2019-11-19 08:10:33 By: hbr

The District of Muskoka in partnership with YWCA Muskoka, has received a grant of $5,000 through the Towards Parity in Municipal Politics project funded by the Department for Women and Gender Equality.  The Towards Parity program funds local initiatives that strengthen opportunities or reduce barriers for women and allow them to fully participate in local government. The District of Muskoka is one of 20 grant  recipients across Canada.

Muskoka’s Towards Parity project plans to engage a range of local women in a one-day Election School with three follow-up Booster Sessions to further prepare women as they work towards their candidacy and running for municipal government in fall 2022. All events will take place in the spring of 2020.  Currently in Muskoka there are 52 municipal councillors. Of these, 30%  are women, despite the fact that women make up almost 51% of Muskoka’s permanent population.

Muskoka’s Towards Parity Election School and Booster Sessions will focus on women who are interested in becoming involved in municipal government by providing engaging information and educational opportunities. 

For more information about the project and for updates on the Election School and Booster Sessions, please contact YWCA Muskoka at: 705-645-9827.