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Toronto – February 26, 2013 – The event was called "Girl Power", but the audience was almost equally comprised of men and women students at the recent gathering held at Toronto's Ryerson University.
The seminar, sponsored by UFCW Canada Local 1000A, was organized by B-2026. This group of Ryerson students — including Kanisha Clark who is also a Local 1000A member at No Frills — wants to advance the goal that by 2026, 30% of Canada's political posts will be filled by women.
The themes of women, leadership and politics were addressed by five women presenters including Local 1000A representative Rehya Yazbek, and Nancy Quiring, UFCW Canada regional director for the Western Provinces and chair of the Women's Advisory Committee.
"More women have to get to the table politically, so that issues like daycare, and other work/family balance issues become legislative priorities," said Sister Quiring to the gathering of more than 20 student political activists.
The theme of Women in Politics continues in March with a B-2026 presentation by Ontario NDP MPP Cheri Dinovo.
"Women have a vital role to play in their union, their community and in politics," says UFCW Canada Local 1000A President Pearl Sawyer," so we're proud to have supported our student Sisters through this initiative."