(YELLOWKNIFE) Monday, December 3, 2018 – The Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in the Legislative Assembly, established on November 1st, 2018, had its first meeting on November 28, 2018, to discuss plans of the Committee.
The Special Committee is focused on examining options that will address barriers and recommend initiatives to increase the representation of women in the Legislative Assembly to 20 percent by 2023 and 30 percent by 2027. The Special Committee will be holding public consultations and taking written submissions to incorporate the view of residents of the Northwest Territories on this issue.
The Committee strongly urges feedback from interested northerners and will be releasing information on community travel in the coming weeks. The Committee will evaluate a range of options, from changing rules in the Legislative Assembly to making changes in Territorial Legislation.
“We are on a mission to get women into the Legislature. Why do we need more women? Women are voters and taxpayers. We hold important roles in the courts, public service, and business. We want to share the power. We want to present our own perspectives on the issues of the day. I am hoping that as this committee meets, we will identify attainable recommendations that will have more women in the Legislative Assembly, and soon,” says Julie Green, Chair.
Updates on public consultations will be posted on the Legislative Assembly’s website, as well as on the Legislative Assembly’s Twitter, and Facebook pages.
To learn more about the Committee and its members, please visit the Legislative Assembly’s website: https://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/committees-18th-assembly.
All written submissions can be sent to:
Jennifer Franki-Smith, Committee Clerk
Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Phone: (867) 767-9130 ext. 12009
For more information, contact:
Danielle Mager, Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
p: 867-767-9130 ext. 12017