Advancing Gender Equality Issues

Women's Leadership

If you are considering running in an upcoming community government election, please visit MACA’s municipal elections portal.

Increasing the role of women in leadership is not just about equality for women. It is about strengthening the territory for the benefit of all Northwest Territories residents.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) supports initiatives designed to increase the number of women running for elected office in the NWT:

The “She Can” social marketing campaign is funded by the GNWT and Government of Canada and is intended to encourage women across the NWT to consider running for all elected positions, including: federal, territorial, municipal and school board/DEA elections

The Campaign School for Women is a “made in the North” program designed to help women overcome the challenges and barriers they face when considering running for elected office. Campaign School workshops have been delivered in NWT communities since 2007 by the GNWT, the Native Women’s Association of the NWT and the Status of Women Council of the NWT. The Campaign School curriculum is publicly available and can be viewed at any time:

On Aug 8, 2019, Canada and the GNWT announced a joint federal-territorial investment to empower women in the North. The Government of the Northwest Territories received $525,000 from the federal government to bolster our own $121,500 investment to:

  • develop a new online portal for Women’s Leadership initiatives in the NWT;
  • expand pilot testing of the Campaign School curriculum in five NWT communities; and
  • provide ongoing support for the “She Can” social marketing campaign.