“Temporary Special Measures” To Increase the Participation of Women in the NWT Legislative Assembly

“Temporary Special Measures” To Increase the Participation of Women in the NWT Legislative Assembly

(YELLOWKNIFE) Thursday, May 31, 2018 – The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Honourable Jackson Lafferty, tabled today a white paper titled, “Temporary Special Measures to Increase the Representation of Women in the NWT Legislative Assembly”.

Introduction from the paper:
One of the priorities of the 18th Legislative Assembly is “supporting initiatives designed to increase the number of women running for elected office in the NWT.”  On March 8, 2018 a motion was adopted by the Legislative Assembly establishing a goal of increasing the representation of women in the Legislative Assembly to 20 per cent by 2023 and 30 per cent by 2027.  The White Paper is intended to generate discussion on the advancement of these goals.
There will be a press conference during the Committee of the Whole break on Friday, June 1, 2018 in the Media Briefing room at the Legislative Assembly. 

Quotes:
“As elected leaders of the NWT, we have the ability to act as role models and supporters to change the status quo. We must encourage greater participation of women in all aspects of work and life, but especially within our own legislature,” – Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

“Women in the Northwest Territories have the lowest elected representation in Canada. Now is the time to change that. This white paper is one possible way to encourage women to become involved in territorial politics,” – Julie Green, MLA Yellowknife Centre

“As the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, it is important to me to see more women in politics. This white paper on Temporary Special Measures is an important discussion paper that opens up the dialogue about this essential issue,” – Honourable Caroline Cochrane, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

Links:
International Parliamentary Union, Women in national parliaments
United Nations Development Programme, “Temporary Special Measures to Increase Women’s Political Participation in the Pacific”
Speaker Jackson Lafferty’s Statement on International Women’s Day
Motion 13-18(3): Increasing Women’s Participation in the Legislative Assembly
Mothers and Others: The Role of Parenthood in Politics

For more information, please contact:

Danielle Mager
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
P: 867-767-9130 ext. 12017
E: Danielle_mager@gov.nt.ca