A dynamic online series exploring women’s roles and engagement in municipal politics and leadership titled “The Chestermere Toward Parity for Women in Politics Project” concluded earlier this year.
The initiative led by the City of Chestermere, in partnership with the Chestermere Rotary Club and Rocky View Immigrant Services, released an online feature magazine, “Women in Leadership.” The publication shines a light on the extraordinary women who lent their expertise to the project and shares their tips for success. Read the magazine here.
Towards Parity for Women in Politics
During the 10-month long series, women engaged in and exchanged ideas, stories, challenges, and successes in the pursuit of confidently claiming a seat at the table. They received tips and must-know information on topics imparted by skilled professionals such as provincial and municipal women in politics, psychologists, style experts and life coaches.
Their discussions centered around what women perceive to be barriers to participating and engaging in municipal politics, such as work/life balance, childcare needs, sexism, ageism, racism, confidence, body image, and more.
The sessions saw over four hundred engagements with project participants. Although initially intended for Chestermere residents, the online series garnered attendees from across the nation and beyond (even as far as Asia).
Running in Chestermere’s Upcoming Municipal Election
Chestermere women interested in joining local politics by running for City Councillor or Mayor in next month’s municipal election should visit chestermere.ca/election for more details. The deadline to submit your candidacy is September 20 before noon.