Susan Sullivan, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, has recently announced a series of “Young Women’s Leadership Sessions” that will take place across the island, with the goal of encouraging women aged 16 to 30 to take leadership roles in politics and their communities.

“In Canada,” Sullivan says, “women represent 52 percent of the population, yet they only make up an average of 24 percent of the country’s municipal, provincial and federal elected representatives. We hope these sessions will spark a desire for many young women to consider taking an active role.”

The sessions will run from now through September in various communities – see below for a schedule. The workshops were developed through a partnership between the Women’s Policy Office and the Office of Public Engagement, and will be hosted by 19 Community Youth Networks.

By participating in the facilitated workshops, young women will learn how to effectively engage in their communities and with the political system at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.

The Young Women in Leadership Sessions give young women the opportunity to explore the gender distribution of local municipal council positions, share insights on issues faced by their communities, celebrate and explore what young women are already doing in communities to address key issues, and more.

Feedback will be gathered throughout the sessions, and made it available to the public.

Date Location Venue Contact
August 3 Placentia Community Youth Network Placentia
August 10 Plum Point Plum Point Community Youth Network
August 12 Harbour Grace Harbour Grace Community Youth Network (Splash Centre)
August 12 Stephenville Community Youth Network – Southwestern
August 18 St. Lawrence St. Lawrence Community Youth Network
August 19 St. Anthony St. Anthony & Area Boys & Girls Community Youth Network
August 20 Grand Falls-Windsor The Youth 2000 Centre
August 21 Baie Verte St. Anthony & Area Boys & Girls Community Youth Network
August 26 Harbour Breton Harbour Breton Community Youth Network
August 27 Bay d’Espoir Bay d’Espoir Community Youth Network
September 9 Corner Brook Community Youth Network Corner Brook/Bay of islands
September 9 L’Anse au Loup Southern Labrador/Strait of Belle Isle Community Network
September 10 Springdale Springdale CYN
September 12 Happy Valley-Goose Bay Labrador Friendship Center
September 16 Cape Broyle CYN – Southern Avalon
September TBD Gander The Open Door Community Youth Network
September TBD Botwood Botwood CYN
TBD St. John’s CYN St. John’s Inc (Thrive)