Brock Women in House dinner fundraiser

Photo Credit: James Beheshti

Photo Credit: James Beheshti

Women in House is a unique initiative at Brock University which aims to increase female engagement and representation in politics.

Women in House takes Brock students to Ottawa to shadow a female MP throughout her day. 13 students will attend this two-day conference that will take place in Ottawa from February 5 to 7 and gives students first-hand experience and face-to-face contact with women who live life on Parliament Hill.

“We are looking to bring even more students on this trip than last year, and we so appreciate Brock University and the community supporting our initiative,” said Victoria Goertz, a member of Women In House.

In order to help fund this trip, they have partnered with Boston Pizza to host a dinner fundraiser event on Wednesday January 15 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a non-alcoholic beverage, salad and personal pizza, with half of the cost going directly to the cause.

There is increasing realization around the world that more women need to be included in politics since the Beijing Plan of Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which has been engaged in research regarding women in politics, made a statement that, “The concept of democracy will only achieve true and dynamic significance when political policies and national legislation are decided jointly by men and women with equitable regard for the interests and aptitudes of both halves of the population.”

The recent election here in Canada saw the most female Members of Parliament elected to the House of Commons in Canadian history. For the Liberal party, women accounted for 33 per cent of the party’s seats, the Conservatives have 18 per cent women, while the NDP and Bloc both tied for having the highest percentage of women in a federal party caucus at 37.5 per cent. The Green Party, while not formally recognized in the House, elected three members in the last election, two of which were women.

Women’s participation in politics makes a difference. Women bring different views, talents and perspectives to politics which help shape the political agenda. Changes in how parliaments operate reflect the positive impact of the presence of women, such as an improvement in the language and behaviour in parliaments; a different prioritization of issues and policies; gender sensitivity in all aspects of governing, including budgeting and the introduction of new legislation and changes to existing laws.

Anyone interested in buying a ticket for the event should contact brockwomeninhouse@gmail.com.

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