Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership promotes equitable representation of women in democratic institutions at all levels of government and in all positions of leadership within the public, private and non-profit sectors.
This non-partisan centre works to strengthen public leadership by providing outstanding education, training, dialogue and research. The centre works with a wide range of partners to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life, in Canada and internationally.
- Produces scholarly research, and articles for newspapers, magazines and journals to create greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in and contribution to the democratic life of this country, and to foster critical dialogue around the significance of inclusive public leadership.
- Collaborates with political parties, governments at all levels, universities, private sector and civil society on research, outreach activities and best practices to building equitable representation.
- Builds sophisticated leadership talent through professional development in public leadership.
- Cultivates young women leaders by offering leadership training and development for university students and young women wishing to pursue positions of leadership.
- Provides a space for encouraging bi-partisan meetings of women politicians and public leaders, to discuss issues of concern to women.
- Hosts high-profile speakers, conferences and other events that highlight women in politics and public life.
- Develops focused programming for women from minority and Aboriginal communities.
- Promotes leadership capacities of women in developing and transition countries by working in partnership with international organizations and governments to provide culturally-relevant education, training and learning networks.