We’re Back: Save the Date – June 18, 2022
Join the Guelph Women’s Municipal Campaign School for a morning of networking, information and support. It’s an in-person event at 10 Carden Shared Space (located at 42 Carden St. Guelph) and we’d love to see you there.
Whether you are running for this October’s municipal election, if you’re thinking about running or know someone else who is, or if you think it’s a great idea to get more women to run for office, you’ll want to take part in this informative, community-building initiative. Mark the date on your calendar and we’ll send you more information closer to the date.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our videos on Campaign Basics. There’s lots of great information and inspiration to be found there.
Looking forward to meeting you.
The Guelph Campaign School is particularly interested in encouraging women from diverse backgrounds to run for municipal office in October 2022. We know that women encounter unique barriers to seeking elected office such as stereotyping of women’s roles and abilities and media imbalances in the treatment. Social media is rife with misogynistic comments about women’s abilities as leaders. As a result women may feel they are less qualified to run for office.
Our definition of women encompasses cisgender women, transgender women, genderqueer women, and two-spirit, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people who are woman-aligned.
In Canada, women occupy 18% of the mayors’ positions and 28% of councillor seats despite making up half the population. In Guelph women currently occupy 38% of the council seats but we could do better.
Encouraging Women to Run
At the Guelph Campaign School for Women we want to level the playing field by making it easier for women from diverse backgrounds to participate and have their voices heard. Women often care about different issues. We need more women in office to ensure that these issues are addressed and that institutions begin to change the way they do business to meet the needs of our entire population.
The campaign school is being organized, in cooperation with Councillor June Hofland, by a group of independent women advocates who are interested in the equal representation of women in public life and with the support of local women’s organizations.
Send us an email here to learn more about plans and to get involved.