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‘My ancestors did not survive 300 years of slavery to feel like I had an overseer’: systemic change needed at Equal Voice after three racialized women fired, say women’s rights advocates

By Beatrice Paez       

Amy Kishek, a former board member of Equal Voice and Hill Times columnist, says she wonders if the premise the group operates on, as a big-tent political group, is feasible, especially as it seeks to broaden its reach to racialized women in the hopes of convincing them to pursue political careers. But MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says Equal Voice should seize this opportunity and learn from it.

Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, left, Shanese Indoowaaboo Steele, centre, and Cherie Wong say they were abruptly dismissed by Equal Voice for allegedly harassing the group's executive director. Photographs courtesy of Cherie Wong, Shanese Indoowaaboo Steele, and Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi

Some women’s rights advocates are casting doubt on whether Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization that seeks to increase gender diversity in politics, can effectively represent racialized women in the wake of its recent decision to fire three young women of colour who say they were brought in to address institutional blindspots.

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


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