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New group encouraging women to run for Calgary council

Ask Her YYC aims to educate and partially fund any female candidate in 2017

Nirmala Naidoo, left, was the guest speaker at the Launch of Ask Her YYC held last Saturday. She is pictured here with Ask Her YYC VP Kerry Cundal.

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Nirmala Naidoo, left, was the guest speaker at the Launch of Ask Her YYC held last Saturday. She is pictured here with Ask Her YYC VP Kerry Cundal.

There are currently only two women serving on the Calgary City Council, but Esmahan Razavi wants to increase that number in next year’s election.

Razavi is one of five board members on a new group called Ask Her YYC, and their goal is to encourage and assist any woman running for council, regardless of political stripe.

“Studies show that women are less likely to enter into politics than men is because they don’t receive as much encouragement and often they’re not asked, even thought they might be equally as capable as someone else in the room,” she said.

Before the group can assist female candidates, they first have to get more women in the race. Razavi said they’re asking Calgarians to approach women they feel would be good candidates and ask them to run.

The campaign seems to be working already.

“My phone’s been ringing and I’ve been getting emails. People are asking us to meet with them and talk about what kind of support we can give them.”

Ask Her will be holding educational sessions for female candidates on topics such as campaign finances and getting out the vote.

The group will be fundraising, and they plan to split any money raised equally between any eventual female candidates.

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