It is a strange world isn’t it!
The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is way ahead with respect to women in politics!
While women have made gains over the past twenty years, progress has been slow. The numbers of women elected to the House of Commons has hovered around the 20% mark since 1993. Women are 52% of Canada’s population and make up an average of 21% of Canada’s municipal councils, provincial legislatures and the House of Commons.
Canada’s international ranking on women’s political representation, has fallen to 50th in the world. Despite enjoying economic prosperity and political stability, Canada now has fewer women elected than most of Europe, parts of Africa, and Australia
Polling data consistently demonstrates women care about different issues. The United Nations has emphasized that equality in decision-making is essential to the empowerment of women, noting a critical mass is needed before legislatures produce public policy representing women’s concerns
How can a democracy be deemed legitimate if it fails to represent half its population?
Canadians value fairness and equality. We have decided that democracy should be a genuine partnership of men and women. To this end, we adopted a Charter of Rights and Freedoms that reinforces this belief by guaranteeing equality for women. Despite these values, women still encounter barriers to public office.
Canada’s political parties and governments need to adopt action plans to break down barriers for women in politics. Political will and commitment on the part of leaders and their political parties is a necessary ingredient for success. Political parties need to be proactive recruiting and supporting women candidates to run in winnable ridings; all parties need to make the decision on how to address this inequality; and all parties have to identify processes that work for them.
To level the playing field, many parliaments and political parties are implementing well-funded national action plans to reduce the barriers by: recruiting and training women candidates, offering family friendly work environments, introducing proportional representation, electoral financing reforms, setting targets, constitutional reforms, and public awareness campaigns.
But here the old boys have been beating Gwen Gilbert to political death because she is a women. The real men up here believe women should be barefoot and pregnant! Who does Gwen Gilbert think she is trying to run a town! That’s men work don’t you know.
Take her office, phone and computer and she’ll have to go home and work from the kitchen table. Which is exactly what she did and she still managed to get $11,000,000 in funding and an offer on the airport.
Fact is that the women that have worked on this Council are leaders in Canada, hell we are 30% where is the rest of the world is hovering arround 20%.
Gwen is the only female mayoral Candidate! That takes us backward to 20%! Guess we want to be average eh???
Being the red neck that I am I believe we should have all members female as that would leave us men with more time to do more important stuff like fishing, hunting and drinking!
Women are the fiber that make up the fabric of our communities! Women are the ones that mould and shape our children! They are the social conscience of our society! Why aren’t they more political!
Men have had the opportunity to screw things up very well over the last 150 years! Women have to come in and clean up the mess. Isn’t that what our mothers did??
But up here I guess we figure that women belong in the kitchen because that is where they do their best work , just like Mayor Gwen Gilbert!!!