During the 2015 municipal election, Ontarians elected 772 women out of a possible 2,084 municipal positions. Women hold an average of 27% of elected seats in municipal politics, 26% in Northern Ontario.

The United Nations has found women should hold at least 30% of elected seats for a government to reflect women’s concerns. When more women are in the table, there’s more inclusive discussions and also helps to ensure political behavior.

Many female politicians recognize that one of the best ways to change the existing political culture is from within. Women must stand for office if we want to influence our governments and mentor change within systems and culture.

So you are thinking about running: Congratulations! That in itself is a big step. You are not alone!!!! We want to help you in the process: