On March 8, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of those who identify as women and girls in Kitchener and around the world.  

Gender equity is not just a “women’s issue”: advancing gender equity benefits everyone. Today and every day, we must continue to challenge, undo, and disrupt the structures that impede women’s rights socially, economically, culturally and politically.  

We must also acknowledge that all women do not face the same barriers or the same number of barriers.  Race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and socioeconomic status all intersect to create varied experiences and degrees of oppression. When we come together in solidarity as women, we understand that there is no universal experience. 

As City Councillors, we recognize the privileged position we hold and commit to using that privilege to uplift and amplify the voices of women who are most marginalized in our city. In support of this year's theme, #BreakTheBias, we will be sharing how we as female leaders will be breaking the gender bias towards a more inclusive and equitable society.  

We hope our stories inspire you to join us in challenging gender biases everywhere and spark meaningful change in our city.  

 

Councillor Christine Michaud (ward 4) 

Councillor  Kelly Galloway-Sealock (ward 5) 

Councillor  Margaret Johnston (ward 8) 

Councillor  Debbie Chapman (ward 9) 

Councillor  Sarah Marsh (ward 10)