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Conseil des Montréalaises

Promoting equality

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On September 26, 2004, city council appointed the first 15 members of the new Conseil des Montréalaises. Female citizens and groups of women had been actively involved for years to bring about such an entity, which was another priority stemming from the Sommet de Montréal.

The Conseil’s mandate is to advise the administration on any subject that may impact the living conditions of Montréal women and on any subject related to equality between women and men.

The Conseil also has a mandate to contribute to and follow up on the implementation of the policy Pour une participation égalitaire des femmes et des hommes à la vie de Montréal, adopted by Ville de Montréal in 2008.

The Conseil is well attuned to Montréal’s various women’s networks and groups, and plays an educational and awareness-raising role with Montréal elected officials and civil servants.

« In general, it is difficult for women to gain access to the powers that be. Our living environments, our streets, our neighbourhoods, all readily accessible, are usually our primary concerns and our main arenas for expression, where we exercise democratic participation. To ensure that Montréal belongs to Montréal women, we must cultivate those spaces. That is why I am here. »
Anne Richard-Webb, Member


The members of the Conseil des Montréalaises are civilians appointed for a three-year term by city council following a public call for nominations. Since its creation, 50 women have sat on this council.

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