A panel discussion honouring gender equality week continued at Calgary’s City Hall today. The panel, made up of local leaders who advocate the importance of gender equality in government and communities focused on the challenges of achieving gender equality.
During the discussion, Michelle Robinson, the acting director of Calgary’s Neighbourhoods and a former Municipal councillor candidate, said the change from “alderman” to “councillor” back in 2010, was a step in the right direction, but she believes that more needs to be done, in order to achieve a greater awareness of other issues, such as violence towards women of colour, including indigenous women.
It was also noted that in Calgary’s history of mayors, 36 in total, not a single one has been female.
Yesterday, City Hall honoured the achievements of Annie Gale.
Gender Equality week will wrap up on Friday.
-Cindy Letic, Vanessa Arrate