HAVE A SEAT: ENGAGING WOMEN IN MUSKOKA POLITICS


Curious about running in the next municipal election?
Over the past few months, Muskoka residents had the opportunity to participate in a series of women-centred online workshops aimed at engaging more women in municipal politics. 

Currently in Muskoka, there are 52 municipal councillors. Of these, only 16 (30%) are women.  

Why do we need more women in politics?

Town and District Councillors make important decisions that impact our everyday lives. We know that change can happen at a grassroots level, however greater change happens at a policy level.

Women offer valuable and unique perspectives, because we often experience daily life differently than men. Data shows that women are disproportionately affected by so many factors including gender-based violence, research in health care, childcare and access to employment and pay equity. It’s vital that we are represented equally and that our input is heard and valued.



WORKSHOPS 

We heard from women who ran for/currently sit on Town and District Councils. They spoke about their experience running a campaign; what the job entails and much more. Panelists included: Kemi Akapo from Peterborough; Nancy Alcock from Huntsville; Susan Mazan from Muskoka Lakes; Audrey Van Petegem from Gravenhurst and Penny Varney from Gravenhurst.

We also heard from Body Language Coach, Jennifer Grigg who gave tips about presenting with confidence and how to communicate clearly and effectively.

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WHAT'S NEXT?

In the lead up to the 2022 municipal elections in Muskoka, YWCA Muskoka will be looking for ways to further support potential female candidates. 

If you attended any of the Have A Seat workshops please fill out this short survey!


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:


This initiative is supported by The District of Muskoka and funded by
Women and Gender Equality Canada in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.  


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