According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, in Canada, women occupy only 18% of mayors’ positions and 28% of councillors’ seats. Women play a vital role in municipal government, and studies have shown that diversity improves an organization’s effectiveness.
AUMA is hosting an International Women's Day virtual gathering featuring Kasey Machin, cofounder of Areto Labs and ParityBOT, an initiative and resource that quantifies and counters online abuse of women in politics. A campaign toolkit developed by ParityYEG that can help candidates throughout Alberta will also be profiled.
The event will be moderated by Charlene Smylie, previous small community mayor and AUMA Board member.
The Zoom meeting platform will be used for the virtual gathering to allow for as much interaction amongst participants and presenters as possible.