Women & Politics London is recruiting two individuals to serve as board members. Joining our board of directors is a one-year commitment, with the possibility for extension. Board memberships take effect as of January 2015, and the expected time commitment is 1-2 meetings (2-4 hours per month), in addition to working group meetings as required.
While we encourage applications from all people who identify as women, we recognize the importance of a diverse leadership team, and encourage applications from Aboriginal women, Francophone women, LGBTQ identified women, women of colour, immigrant women, and women with disabilities.
We are interested in a variety of skills and experiences, however, at this time, we are seeking women with expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Equal Access. Equal Power. Equal Representation.
We will actively engage women in politics and create opportunities to amplify their voices.
Women & Politics is a citizen-led initiative that looks to engage and increase the participation of women in the political landscape. We host social events, develop educational resources and tools, participate in political activities, and connect women with their community and each other.
We are a non-partisan organization. We welcome all women to participate in our programs and events regardless of their political affiliation or knowledge of politics.
Learn more at www.womenandpolitics.ca.
If you are interested in applying to join the board, please email our nominations committee at email@example.com with the following:
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to receive applications is Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
As part of our Candidate Q & A series, we interviewed Marie Blosh, who is currently running for London City Councillor in ward 6.
Q: What most influenced your decision to run?
A: I realized how ready I am to step into the role of city councillor. Over the 13 years I’ve lived in London, I’ve worked on neighbourhood issues and served on city-wide advisory committees on heritage and animal welfare. I’m at a point where I believe I can be effective as a councillor.
Q: What sets you apart from other candidates?
A: I have experience both as a community association president, and as an advisory committee member and chair. I’ve learned how to work collaboratively with city hall and other stakeholders to find solutions.
Q: What do you think is the most urgent issue the City is facing?
A: The economy, jobs, affordable housing, transportation infrastructure, access to higher education, and trust in public government are all inter-related, and parts of a larger issue that must be addressed.
Q: Would you share how you have participated in your community?
A: Two months after moving to London in 2001, I volunteered to be secretary of my neighbourhood association. I’ve never stopped being involved in neighbourhood and city-wide issues, both as a volunteer and as a member of city advisory committees.
Q: What is your vision for London?
A: I see London as a caring and compassionate community for people, animals and the environment.
Q: What is your vision for the ward you aim to represent?
A: Ward 6 consists of several neighbourhoods that surround Western. We are united as a ward, but each neighbourhood has its own unique character that should be nurtured and preserved.
Q: What do you believe is the role is of a city councillor/mayor?
A: A city councilor must represent a ward and at the same time consider the interests of the city as a whole.
Q: In your opinion, what do you feel are essential qualities of a good leader?
A: A leader must be able to listen and consider multiple points of view, have principles, know when (and when not) to compromise, show commitment through hard work but be willing to delegate, be creative and take some calculated risks to try new things.
Q: While compromise is important, are there any issues that you would not compromise on?
A: Details can always be worked out but principles should not be compromised.
Q: There has been a lot of talk in the press lately about the importance of equal representation of women in politics. Could you speak to this issue from your perspective?
A: I was involved in local politics as a university student then broke a longstanding gender barrier to become one of the first women to operate railroad locomotives. I entered law school as a mature, returning student at a time when law students were mostly young and male. All of this happened decades ago, so it saddens me that we are still talking about the lack of equal representation of women. There are factors like family and children that fall on women disproportionally, but also women in general need to feel more confident. I think that female role models in politics, sports and other areas of life will help build that confidence in young women.
Learn more at www.marieblosh.ca
Our #30Days2Vote challenge is designed to help voters flex their civic engagement muscles. Follow along with us, participating in small, easy-to-complete, daily tasks that will help you prepare for the election.
Spend 30 days learning a little more about the responsibilities of municipal government, the candidates running in your area and their platforms. Gain the confidence you need to head to the polls on October 27.
Much like a 30 days fitness program, you may find yourself more advanced than a particular day’s activity. You may already know some of the information or have completed some of the tasks and that’s great! If this is the case, consider reaching out to someone in your community – a neighbour, a friend, or a coworker – and help them to become more informed and engaged that day.
On October 27 we want to raise the bar on voter turnout. We want you to feel more confident in your vote and have fun along the way!
Our #30Days2Vote challenge is open to anyone and everyone who would like to participate, regardless of gender identity.
Download and share the calendar and poster!
Get caught up!
If you’ve just signed up, and haven’t received tasks from earlier in the month, click through the daily challenge emails here.
On October 27 we go to the polls to elect a new Municipal government. Here is your chance before voting to meet your Ward candidates and hear their views on a variety of topics of concern to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Urban League
London Cycle Link, a community-led cycling initiative is looking for women representatives for their steering committee.
Are you committed to making bike riding safer in London? Are you able to commit to one 90 minute meeting once a month?
Contact Londoncyclegroup@gmail.com for more information.