The Sikh community has established itself as a political force in Canada. However, while the entire community has been responsible for helping elect a record number of Sikh parliamentarians, it is rare to see female members of the community participating in the electoral process.
Politicians routinely court the male members of the Sikh community without addressing the specific needs of the women or creating forums by which women can have their issues heard.
There are a number of possible reasons for this lack of engagement with Sikh women, which the WSO Charity's KaursVote initiative will help address.
The WSO Charity would like to take a first step in addressing the underrepresentation of Sikh women by educating them on why their voice is so important through panel discussions across the country.
- Increase Sikh women’s engagement in the political process through education
- Improve accountability of politicians to Sikh women’s issues by educating Sikh women on what to expect and ask of their elected officials
- Provide advocacy training and campaign training
KaursVote takes concrete action to empower Sikh women to actively participate in politics. In addition to organizing awareness campaigns, KaursVote events are also hosted across Canada which provide Sikh women with a platform to voice their concerns and aspirations. The events include a panel made up of Sikh women with jobs and experience in the political industry. The aim of these events is to bridge the gap between Sikh women and the political process.
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