From November 21st to the 23rd, the Women’s Issues Network in partnership with the University Students’ Council will be sending approximately 25 undergraduate women at Western University to Canada’s capital city Ottawa, where they will spend a day shadowing a female MP at Parliament.
A literature scan reveals that women are underrepresented in the highest forms of elected leadership on many other university campuses across North America, and many of the systemic barriers facing female university students that deter them from running are often the same barriers faced by women at municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. This exciting experience hopes to encourage and empower women’s participation in politics by giving young women the opportunity to experience representation up-close. Given the lack of representation of women in politics, this initiative seeks to raise awareness of the roles women play in politics, as well as offer the opportunity to learn about the ways women can get connected and involved at any political level.
All aspects of the program will be subsidized, however students will be required to pay for any personal expenses, along with a $30 participation fee.
Applications due: Saturday, October 6th, 2018