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Governance

From advocating on evolving legislation to well-managed boards, we take a structured and strategic approach to change.

​Scroll through the categories below to learn more about our Goverance-related Programs & Initiatives. 

Tools for women interested in running for public office

Trainings and campaigns may be seasonal and active only for the duration of an election preparation period. The tools listed here are online resources available anytime of the elections cycle:

Getting to the Gate Online Campaign School

Developed by Equal Voice and funded by Status of Women Canada, this extensive online course aims to increase the number of elected women by providing practical tools for women of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life interested in running for public office.
 

What elected women have to say about their experience in public office

Women who overcame the barriers to become elected representatives in all levels of government share their experiences and thoughts – and may inspire more women to run for office:

Encouraging & Supporting Women in the Municipal Election video series

AUMA interviewed 3 Albertan female elected officers to get their thoughts and ideas on the role of women in municipal politics and things to consider when running for office:

Resources

In response to the unbalanced representation of women in elected public office, and acknowledging the relevance of gender balance and the diversity of perspectives it brings, several initiatives were created in Canada and worldwide.

AUMA Advocacy

AUMA has been working and continues to work to increase women’s participation in Alberta’s local governments.

Highlights of Past Work: Women in Municipal Government

In 2009, members adopted a resolution sponsored by the Board that AUMA urge the Government of Alberta to support the goal of increasing women’s participation in municipal government through provincial policy and program decisions, as well as urging them to adopt strategies to achieve a goal of increasing women’s participation in provincial government.

Why does it matter?

Increasing the number of women in office can bring massive changes to a community. Above all, strengthening their presence in local politics is inherently a democratic issue. In a democratic system, politicians are entrusted to make decisions as representatives of their voters’ values and needs. In Canada, we deem it important to have appropriate geographic representation in our governments as we understand that geography can define our concerns.

A comparison amongst federal, provincial and municipal levels

For the past three elections, a steady increase in the percentage of female elected officials was seen in all levels of government, with the province leading this rise:

Gender distribution in the Parliament of Canada, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and Albertan City Halls has been slowly changing, with more women being elected for public office in all levels of government:

The gender gap in political representation

Although they comprise over 50 percent of the population, women continue to be under-represented at all levels of government throughout the world. Internationally, at the federal level they account for 23 percent of parliamentarians and only six percent of the heads of governments. An international indicator on the representation of women in local governments is still missing, but it is estimated that 20 percent of councillors and five percent of mayors worldwide are female, a proportion similar to the one seen at the federal level.

Women in Municipal Government Hub

Women play a vital role in municipal government. Studies have shown that diversity improves an organization’s effectiveness. Leadership groups with a diversity of opinions, backgrounds and lived experiences help to make better decisions. Local government plays an important role in creating and supporting services, policies and programs that directly shapes a community. Having more women in council means more perspectives will be debated.

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