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Women Members

In 1979, Canada signed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), a key element of which was the belief that women and men should have equal participation in public life, and equal opportunity to contribute in positions of power and decision-making.

Most parliaments around the world have adopted the benchmark of 30% of their members being women as the minimum representation required to achieve a balance of equality in their institutions. In the 2011 election, Prince Edward Island elected 6 women MLAs, resulting in 22% of the members in the house being women. After the 2011 federal election, 25% of Canadian Members of Parliament were women. As of July, 2013 the worldwide percentage of women in parliaments was 21%.*

*Source: Cool, Julie."Women in Parliament." Library of Parliament. Parliamentary Information and Research Service. Legal and Social Affairs Division. Revised 2 July 2013. Publication No. 2011-56-E.



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