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Men must pass the baton to achieve gender parity, female leaders say

Published in the Vancouver Sun 

HALIFAX — Women make up fewer than a fifth of Canadian mayors, and a group of female leaders say men in power need to pass the baton if such inequities are to change.

Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of Toronto’s non-partisan CivicAction alliance, told a Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference that the World Economic Forum estimates it will take over 200 years to achieve global gender parity.

She said it’s unlikely to happen any sooner unless women — and other underrepresented groups — are offered a seat at the table.

“I don’t think we’re going to be able to see huge change on this until certain people pass the baton of power to someone else,” she said Friday.

“It’s not popular to have to acknowledge that you have to tap out and let someone else get that spot.”

Palvetzian was one of four women on a panel about gender equality, women in leadership and overcoming barriers at the conference in Halifax.

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