City of Vancouver introduces program to empower young women in politics

May 29 2019, 7:57 pm

The City of Vancouver is looking for young women interested in municipal and civic issues to participate in a new initiative for the next generation of diverse voices in politics.

Women4Politics aims to encourage women between 18 to 23 to become more involved with politics at a local level.

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Program participants will be mentored by a current city councillor, learn about the ins and outs of municipal government, and participate in a mock city council meeting that focuses on issues impacting Vancouver.

Women — including Indigenous, black, women of colour, trans*, gender-diverse, two-spirit (TGD2S) — between the ages 18 to 23 who live, work, or go to school in Vancouver are encouraged to apply online by July 5.

The City of Vancouver will select 11 women to participate. Priority will be given to those who have volunteer experience related to civic engagement or issues facing our city, or can demonstrate an interest in municipal leadership.

Women4Politics is part of a wider body of work the city is organizing ahead of the Women Deliver Conference, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, which takes place in Vancouver from June 3 to 6, 2019.