Women and girls make up half the population of Canadian cities. In Canada, however, only 21 per cent of elected municipal officials are women.
Girls are not typically engaged in decision making that affects their lives in cities. Engaging women and girls in municipal decision-making, policy making, urban planning and budgeting can transform cities to be more equitable, inclusive and democratic for all residents.
In some cities, women set up organizations and council advisory committees to change these statistics by addressing equality, equity and diversity. We want to build on that work.