Message from Councillor Shirley McNamara
Women in Local Government Committee Chair
In Nova Scotia, we need more women in municipal government decision-making. Women make up more than half the population, yet only 25 per cent of municipal councillors and 18 per cent of mayors. The Women in Local Government Project aims to have at least 30 per cent of all council seats represented by women. On a positive note the number of women Chief Administrative Officers in Nova Scotia is steadily increasing−now at 30 per cent.
It is important to increase women’s participation in municipal government in order to:
- help ensure that municipal governments reflect the populations they serve
- increase the range of people who make decisions and who have input into decision making
- promote democracy by ensuring women’s perspectives are counted
- increase the talent pool available to municipalities.
This website will inform you about the Women in Local Government Project and outline ways women can actively participate in municipal decision-making. Key projects we continue to offer include municipal campaign schools for women, a mentoring program for women elected officials and a bursary program for women municipal staff.
We encourage women to get involved in all areas of municipal government. We want women to vote, to get involved in community issues important to them, attend public consultations, join committees and boards, and run for council.