Thursday is deadline for Daughters of Vote leadership contest

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OTTAWA – Next Thursday at midnight is the deadline for young women from Skeena-Bulkley Valley and across Canada to apply to temporarily take a seat in Parliament in an historic national initiative marking 100 years since women won the right to vote in provincial elections.

“I’m very excited about the Daughters of the Vote project in which one young woman from every federal riding in Canada will represent their home community in Parliament, share their vision for Canada and develop political and leadership skills,” MP Nathan Cullen said.

Equal Voice Canada, an organization that works to elect more women to public office, invites women aged 18-23 years to apply to be one of 338 who will take their seats in Parliament for a two-day leadership summit ending on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017.

Daughters of the Vote is designed to help these emerging young women leaders become familiar with Canada’s political institutions and equipped and inspired to participate in politics and decision-making in the future.

 In 1916, some women in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan won the right to vote provincially. A year later, this same right was extended to a limited number of women in federal elections.  It took another 45 years for the majority of women living in Canada, including indigenous women living on reserves, to win the right to vote.

Despite advances in political participation in Canada, women are under-represented, often significantly, in every federal, provincial and territorial legislature.   The Daughters of the Vote project will help young women of all backgrounds to see themselves in positions of power and politics as part of their futures.

To learn more, or to apply, visit www.daughtersofthevote.ca.

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Contact:        Hugh Pouliot, 613-993-8662; nathan.cullen.a1@parl.gc.ca