Canada has a smaller proportion of women in federal office than both Iraq and Afghanistan — and it’s not at all clear whether that will change after the Oct. 19 election.
In 2011, Canadians voted in a historic number of female MPs — 76 out of 308 seats in the House of Commons, or 25 per cent.
But that only put us in 46th place in the world when it comes to percentage of women elected to national parliaments, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s latest findings. As of June, Iraq was at 26.5 per cent and Afghanistan 27.7 per cent. The world average is 22.88 per cent.
There are 30 seats more in the House this time around, and the total women confirmed as candidates as of Monday sat at around 30 per cent.
That’s not good enough, says advocacy group Equal Voice.
“We’re seeing very incremental rises, and we need to do more, to infuse significantly more women into the process at the federal level,” spokesperson Nancy Peckford says.
The NDP’s stated policy is gender parity: itsRead More »from NDP leading with most female candidates running in federal ridings