12 April 2009

Vancouver Event: A Vote for STV is a Vote for Women

Expert panel discussion April 17, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, YWCA Welch Room, 535 Hornby St.
  • Judy Rebick - former president, National Action Committee on the Status of Women;
  • Tricia Marwick - Scottish MP and successful advocate for STV in local elections;
  • Shoni Field - alumnus of the BC Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform.
Ever wonder why we elect so few women? A paltry 24% of BC MLAs are women. Voters aren’t the problem – British Columbians are just as likely to vote for women as they are for men.

What we lack are enough women candidates. There are many factors that make it difficult or unappealing for women to run. However, even if we want to run, our current electoral system places barriers in our way.

First Past the Post has the worst record on women’s representation of any electoral system. Fortunately we can get rid of these structural barriers by voting for BC-STV in the May 12th referendum. Come for lunch and find out more.

Forward this invitation to other women who might be interested.

RSVP by April 15th by calling 604-637-3551.

Lunch is provided. Donations to help cover costs would be greatly appreciated.

h/t Antigone Magazine.

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