by Helena Najm, Natasha Ramkissoon and Nouran Sakr
Originally published: June 22, 2017
On June 7, five current and former elected officials and past candidates gathered at the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre to celebrate the launch of Women Win TO, an organization that aims to support and teach women and gender nonconforming people how to thrive and succeed when seeking election for public office.
As part of the Toronto Women’s City Alliance, Women Win TO is intended to make women and gender nonconforming people feel more welcome in the political realm. The initiative comes prior to the 2018 municipal election.
Speakers and their experiences
Former MP Olivia Chow delivered the opening remarks at the event, reflecting on the messages she wished to imbue during her 2014 bid for Mayor of Toronto and what parts of her platform were lost in the campaign process.