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Apply to participate in second Daughters of the Vote

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the inaugural Daughters of the Vote. – Daughters of the Vote photo

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis with Loyalist College graduate Amanda Bain in the prime minister’s seat in the House of Commons during last year’s Daughters of the Vote

MP Neil Ellis encourages Bay of Quinte women to apply to participate in the second edition of the Daughters of the Vote (DoV) initiative.

Equal Voice Canada launched its second edition initiative, providing an opportunity for 338 young women aged 18 to 23 from across Canada to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime multi-partisan political leadership program in the spring of 2019.

The DoV initiative was named by CTV News as one of “2017’s Most Memorable Moment in the House of Commons” and earned widespread national and international media attention as 338 young women took their seats in the House of Commons on International Women’s Day to mark 100 years since some women obtained the right to vote.

In addition to the House of Commons sitting, the Daughters of the Vote 2017 four-day program included an Indigenous Forum, policy development workshops, leadership training sessions and many engagement opportunities with elected officials of all stripes.

The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose, former NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May also addressed the DoV group.

“We have seen how the Daughters of the Vote program changed the lives of many of our young women delegates,” said Nancy Peckford, Equal Voice’s Executive Director and one of the architects of the Daughters of the Vote concept. “Many delegates have gone on to work in politics at different levels, including in Ministers’ and MPs’ offices or party headquarters; some are leading national and local advocacy projects; some are engaged in social justice activism, while others have become political candidates themselves.”

The 2019 version of the program will repeat the original format, but will benefit from lessons learned from the 2017 edition, and from greater federal support through the newly established department, Status of Women Canada led by Maryam Monsef.

Additionally, 2019 delegates will be able to access $1,000 micro grants, subject to approval by Equal Voice, to accelerate advocacy efforts in their community.

The dates of the 2019 program were chosen to coincide with the anniversary of Indigenous women obtaining the right to vote – the last group of women to be granted the franchise in Canada on March 31, 1960.

The online DoV application process closes Nov. 22. One young woman aged 18 to 23 will be chosen, after careful consideration, to represent each of the 338 federal ridings.

No previous political experience is required, but prior community leadership experience in a variety of forms will be valued. The DoV program will take place in Ottawa from March 31 to April 4, 2019.

Equal Voice is a national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.

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