Forty-two inspiring young women will participate in leadership forums in Victoria and Ottawa
VANCOUVER, Sept. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - A young woman from a small northern community who represented her people at a UN Indigenous conference, a Schulich Leader studying biomedicine, a new Canadian from Ethiopia who is working to help other new arrivals feel at home in Canada — these are just some of the diverse young women, aged 18 to 23, selected to represent British Columbia in Daughters of the Vote (DOV).
Today, Equal Voice announced the names of the 42 young women representing BC in Daughters of the Vote — a unique and historic political initiative, designed to encourage more young women to become politically engaged. A full list of names with bios is available here: www.daughtersofthevote.ca
Daughters of the Vote will mark 2017 as the 100th anniversary of some women attaining the right to vote in federal elections, as well as celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. In March 2017, young women from every riding in Canada will gather in Ottawa for a special leadership conference.
"The quality of applications from British Columbia was superb and demonstrates young women are eager to grow their leadership skills and play active roles in the political process," said Nancy Peckford, Executive Director of Equal Voice. "Through their passion, vision and actions, these inspiring young women will contribute to their communities, their province, our nation and the world in creative and impactful ways."
On Monday October 3rd, many BC Daughters of the Vote delegates will participate in a special event in Victoria to launch Women's History Month. The event, hosted by Madam Speaker Linda Reid, takes place at 11 a.m. in the provincial legislature, and is open to media who register in advance. As part of the celebrations, a permanent exhibit representing 100 Years of Women and the Vote will be unveiled in the provincial legislature. Afterwards, DOV delegates will participate in a roundtable discussion on engaging more young women in Canadian politics.
Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the election of more women in Canada. For more information visit: www.equalvoice.ca
Media interested in attending the October 3rd event in the Provincial Legislature must register in advance with Carolyn Jack. Interviews with Equal Voice leaders and BC Daughters of the Vote delegates are available upon request.
SOURCE Equal Voice
For further information: Carolyn Jack, cell: 604-970-3234; [email protected]