It's been 132 years. Vancouver, it's time to elect a qualified, passionate, and hardworking female Mayor.
Vancouver is considered to be a progressive jewel sitting on the gateway to Canada's pacific coast. For many, that is true. However, for a lot of us, that isn't necessarily the case. Vancouver was incorporated on April 6, 1886, and since then, we have never had a leader in this city who shares the perspective and the experiences of around 50% of the population.
Women experience Vancouver differently. And, those experiences vary for women of colour, LGBTQ+ women, indigenous women, and new immigrant women. The City government has existed in its current form for over 132 years, and that government has never led by a woman.
I am not running to be the first female Mayor of Vancouver. I am running as an extremely qualified, passionate, and hardworking female leader who will use the office of Mayor to tackle some of the key issues that women face in this city.
We are often invisible in the homeless count because we live in precarious and unsafe conditions to avoid the street. Indigenous women face additional violence and go missing. We yet do not have a system set up to prevent us from facing sexualized violence, and we do not have a system set up to take us seriously when we report it. Women over the age of 65 are twice as likely to live in poverty than men of that age.
There are so many areas that we can make serious progress on, but that begins by electing strong, competent female leadership to positions of power and authority. As Mayor, I commit to every woman in this city that I will never stop fighting for equity, that I will never tire to make Vancouver a place where we are safe and welcomed, and that I will always be there for every woman and girl who also wants to lead.
Vote Shauna Sylvester to be a Mayor who will build a city for the people! Sign the petition below if you stand with Shauna.