News and Events

Percentage of Women Elected to PEI Municipal Councils IncreasesMedia Release
Nov 06 2018
Despite an increase in the number of women elected to municipal councils yesterday the percentage remains well below parity.
Nomination of Women Increases in 2018 Municipal ElectionsMedia Release
Oct 22 2018
The PEI Coalition for Women in Government is pleased to see an increase in the number of women running as candidates in the four PEI municipalities whose elections are managed by Elections PEI.
Coalition Hosts Public Event on Gender-based CyberviolenceMedia Release
May 20 2018
The PEI Coalition for Women in Government invites members of the public to a free presentation and panel on “Confronting Gender-based Cyberviolence Against Women in Politics,” on Thursday May 24, 2018, from 6:00-8:30PM, UPEI.
Coalition Supports Women Fundraising for Municipal Campaigns Letter to the Editor
Apr 08 2018
The belief that candidates should be able to fund their campaigns on their “own dime” would mean that only people with lots of money to spare could run for office, which would create disadvantages for many women and underrepresented groups.
It's About Time! Op-ed for the Guardian
Apr 06 2018
As the Spring Session of the Legislative Assembly of PEI begins, the Coalition for Women in Government is looking forward to increased action in the area of equity and inclusion for women and diverse groups in PEI.
Municipal Campaign School for Women Training Opportunity
Feb 01 2018
Women interested in running in the 2018 municipal elections are invited to attend a municipal campaign school in Charlottetown or Summerside.

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PEI in 2018

  • 0% of MPs in PEI are women
  • 18.5% of MLAs are women
  • 50% of appointed Senators are women
  • 75% of Lennox Island Band Council members are women (no women are currently members of Abegweit First Nations Band Council)


How Does PEI Compare?

Percentage of women in provincial, territorial and national legislatures (2017):

Rank Jurisdiction % of Women in Legislature
1 British Columbia 39%
2 Yukon 36.8%
3 Ontario 34.5%
4 Alberta 33.3%
5 Nova Scotia 33.3%
6 Quebec 30.4%
7 Saskatchewan 26.2%
  CANADA 26%
8 Newfoundland and Labrador 25%
9 Manitoba 24.5%
10 New Brunswick 22%
11 Prince Edward Island 18.5%
12 Northwest Territories 10.5%
13 Nunavut 9%
Organize to Lead: A Political Guidebook for PEI

Organize to Lead: A Political Guidebook is a resource for women interested in elected office. 

LATEST ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES

PEI Famous Five 25th Anniversary Conference

PEI's Famous Five 25th Anniversary Conference

On October 30th, 2018 you are invited to participate in a forum that will mark this milestone and its significance in the political history of PEI and Canada as well as discuss the role of women in government and leadership. Let's celebrate PEI's living history and change the future through engagement, awareness, and creating tools for action!

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2018 Municipal Elections: Women Candidates

2018 Municipal Elections: Women Candidates

PEI Women in Government Timeline

PEI Women in Government Timeline
 

Equity in Governance Project Resources

The objective of the Equity in Governance Project is to increase opportunities for women to achieve positions of leadership by addressing the systemic and structural barriers that limit the leadership role of women on ABCs in PEI.
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