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Women's Initiative logo The Women's Initiative fosters and promotes equality, opportunity, access to services, justice and inclusion for women in Edmonton.

We're proud to be ensuring that the unique perspectives of women and girls are included in the conversations that shape our city.

For more information, see About Women's Initiative.

Our Goal

To ensure women's rights, issues, and opinions are represented fairly and equally from every background including social, cultural, physical and occupational.

Key themes have been identified and include:

  • Engagement: The Women’s Initiative will facilitate networking opportunities through an annual symposium, focused gatherings and other opportunities.
  • Leadership: Through mentorship opportunities, the Women’s Initiative wants to increase leadership within the City by encouraging women to actively engage in civic and political life. This includes addressing the need for equal access to employment possibilities.
  • Best Practice: Universal research into other municipalities will identify best practices that can be incorporated into the Women’s Initiative mandate and activities. This includes recognizing issues and opportunities, and profiling the demographics and psychographics of women.
  • The Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE) Committee, formed to bring female community leaders together to help advance the work of the Edmonton Women's Initiative, will help to advance this initiative.

In 2012, several community forums and conversations were held, reaching out to over 700 diverse women to talk about women's issues, engagement and leadership. This phase of the work was spearheaded by then-mayor Stephen Mandel. His vision is supported and now championed by Councillor Bev Esslinger and Mayor Don Iveson, and the City’s Community Services Department (now Citizen Services Department).

Equality in Edmonton

This is a chance for women and girls to be heard, for diverse perspectives to be embraced, and for a gender lens to be applied to today's decisions that impact everyone's future.


Calendar of Events

March 5, 2017

International Women’s Day Rally and March

Time: 1-4pm
Location: City Hall
1pm Gather at City Hall
2:30pm Cultural Forum at City Hall

For more information or to volunteer, visit the International Women's Day Facebook Page or email

March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day Celebrations

Time: 10-11am
Location: City Hall
MC Hersharon & Melissa

Norquest College: 1000 Women; A Million Possibilities

Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Location: Matrix Hotel 10640 - 100 Ave

Mommy Monologues

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Alberta Avenue Hall 9210 - 118 Ave

MC Cristina Stasia


March 25, 2017

Women March Forward 

Time: 1-5pm
Location: Boyle Street Community League 9515 - 104 Ave NW


April 11, 2017

Women and Money 

Location: Southview Acura 9820 34 Ave


Strategic Plan

WAVE Strategic Plan 2016 - 2018


Edmonton Women's Quality of Life Scorecard
Note: There has been a revision to the bottom of page 7 to reflect accurate and more comprehensive gender based violence statistics.Corrected rates continue to demonstrate a higher than average rate of gender based violence in Edmonton.

WAVE: Annual Report - May 2015 - June 2016

WAVE: Annual Report - March 2014 - April 2015
Highlights our accomplishments and the building blocks of success of our first year. It was presented by Jackie Foord to Edmonton's Community Services Committee on Monday, June 29, 2015, and was very well received.

Women's Spring Symposium: Final Report - April 7, 2013

Women's Fall Symposium: Final Report - September 15, 2012

Resource Links

Increasing Women’s Involvement in the 2017 Municipal Election 
A focus and priority for WAVE is increasing women’s participation and
visibility in the 2017 municipal election. This includes voting, supporting a
campaign, or running as a candidate for municipal office.

2016-17 Program Guide
Opening the Potential: Women Leading in Edmonton 2016/2017 Pilot Program for Women Interested in Municipal Politics

Women In Municipal Government
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Committee that works to raise awareness of the importance of women in governance and to strengthen the participation of women in the democratic process.

Equal Voice
A national, bilingual, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada.

Women in Local Government
Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Standing Committee on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government.

Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Decision Making
Federation of Canadian Municipalities' report on increasing women's participation in municipal decision-making processes.

How to Design a City for Women
Article about a "gender mainstreaming" experiment in Vienna. A project taking gender into account in public policy.

Sustainable Gender Equality
Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions shows how citizens, municipalities and regions can benefit from gender equality.

Vancouver Women's Advisory Committee
Works with Vancouver City Council and staff to implement the Gender Equality Strategy and enhance access to full participation in Vancouver services for women and girls.

YWCA -  A Turning Point for Women
YWCA is Canada's oldest, largest women's multi-service organization. Turning Point Programs for Women™ address personal safety, economic security, and well-being.

World Economic Forum - Global Gender Gap Report
Benchmarks national gender gaps of 142 countries on economic, political, education, and health-based criteria.


Bad cities to be a woman
July 10, 2014: CTV Alberta Primetime interview with Rajvir Gill. 

Outstanding Women

Sue Trigg
A natural area in Riverbend is named in honour of Sue Trigg, who has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the community for decades. See Councillor Bryan Anderson's speaking notes.

WAVE Committee

Meeting schedules, agendas & minutes, members' bios and other resources.

The Mayor Reads

This edition of the Mayor Reads is in celebration of International Women's Day.

For More Information

Marian Bruin



Fax 780-577-3525

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