Canberra, Australian Capital Territory – 6 May 2024 – As Australia struggles to reach gender equality in politics, and two billion people around the world head to the polls for the biggest global election year in history, Women for Election is calling on women to “Calculate Your CALIBRE” and recognise their potential as future political candidates.

The CALIBRE model, designed by the not-for-profit organisation, provides practical support for women seeking to enter politics, and asks women to assess their Community Aligned Leadership in Brave Representation of Everyone.

Licia Heath, CEO of Women for Election said: “Across Australia, women demonstrate CALIBRE every day in their communities. Whether they are managing the local sporting team, chairing the regional business chamber, or are presidents of the school P&C, every day they make a difference. We know from our program that this difference can be even bigger, as the highly transferrable skills that come with each role make these women incredible candidates for local, state, or federal government.”

“Research consistently shows that diverse groups of people lead to better, more inclusive policy outcomes. With so many state and territory elections, including local government elections coming up in Australia in 2024, now is the perfect time for women to think about running for political office.”

To support the women interested in running, Women for Election is running its first national EQUIP Roadshow, aimed at providing women with the vital skills they need to run for office. Sessions will focus on providing a highly practical and non-partisan workshop that speaks to how women can run at all levels of Government. The next session is set to take place in Canberra on 17 May.

Funded by a federal grant from the Office for Women and supported by a diverse consortium of partners – including the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, the Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Ruth McGowan Pty Ltd, and Quantum Impact Group Pty Ltd – the training will teach attendees about how to be the best candidate they can be, and acquire the tools and techniques required to run for office.

Ms Heath said: “Our training is focused on helping build potential candidates’ existing skills, whilst also giving women the tools they need to run for election and succeed.”

“Women represent more than half of our population and bring a different lived experience to problem-solving and decision-making. Their experience is essential to strong policymaking, building thriving communities, and improving political culture and we’re thrilled to bring our training to the women of the ACT. We’re looking forward to seeing more women on the ballot paper in the Territory election this October.”

Women for Election will be hosting additional training sessions in Tasmania and Western Australia later in the year. All attendees will also gain access to an Australian-first digital product for ongoing support, Campaign in Your Pocket.

Further details on how to register for events can be found at: https://wfe.org.au/events/

ACT event information:

· Date and Time: 17 May 2024, 9am-3pm
· Location: Members Dining Room 1, Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
· Price: Free

About Women for Election Australia:

Women for Election is a not-for-profit organisation, focused on increasing the number of women successfully running for elected office in Australia. Founded in 2014, Women for Election provides programs specifically to empower and help women overcome the many challenges they may face when considering a career in politics and is paving the way to gender parity in Australian Government.

Date: Wed 15 May 2024 - Fri 17 May 2024

Website: https://wfe.org.au/

Email: [email protected]