March 12, 2018
Less than a week after International Women’s Day, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is speaking at a public event at City Hall to talk about her experience as the only queer woman of colour on council.
It’s called the Protégée Seminar 3 – Women in Politics with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, and it’s organized by the city’s Youth Development Unit.
The event is being billed as an opportunity to talk with Wong-Tam about “the joys and challenges of being a racialized woman in politics and how she navigates these challenges in her daily work.”
Last week at the event to honour the first Pam McConnell Young Women in Leadership Award, as Wong-Tam read off this names of those on the shortlist of nominees, she encouraged attendees to stay involved in the award process.
“It goes without saying that a city as diverse as ours, we really have a lot of work to do,” Wong-Tam said, later adding, “when you have empowered women, they empower other women.”
The event organizers, in the description for the event, argue the city needs diversity on city council.
“Simply put, when women are at the table, we change what gets discussed and how we have political conversations,” the event description page says. “Without a City Council that reflects Toronto’s diverse population, we risk continuing to make policy decisions that do not meet the needs of everyone.”
The free event is being held at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in Committee Room 3. Those interested in attending can register through the eventbrite page.