She Governs: Participating in Municipal Leadership

She Governs

Participating in Municipal Leadership: Model Council and Speakers' Panel— March 1, 2024

She Governs is an annual program that offers participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Calgary’s municipal government. This includes how council meetings are conducted and what it takes to become a member of council.

Through a Model Council meeting and Speakers' Panel, participants learn more about how local government works and hear perspectives from those serving in local politics.

The annual event also gives students the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals who are civically engaged and interested in local issues that affect Calgarians.

The She Governs event is offered in partnership with Equal Voice Calgary.

2024 Program

Model Council

This year, we conducted two model council opportunities for participants. Participating in a model council gives students a unique opportunity to understand the responsibilities of elected officials at City Hall.

Students attending school in Calgary can apply. 30 young women and gender-diverse youth, grades 9 to 12 were selected to participate. 

Selected participants assumed the role of a Member of Council and went through a model council meeting with the opportunity to debate, provide amendments to motions, and vote on motions. After completion, participants received a certificate. 

Speakers' Panel

Following the Model Council, all participants attended a Speakers' Panel and heard the perspectives and experiences of Members of Council.

Attendees asked questions of City leaders and had the chance to meet and hear from our municipal leaders with fellow participants.

2024 Registration

Who: Young women and gender diverse youth, grades 9 to 12
: Friday, March 1, 2024
Time: Model Council Meeting and Speakers Panel 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber, Municipal Complex, 800 Macleod Trail S.E.
Cost: Free

Registration for 2024 is now closed.

What past participants say about She Governs

She Governs past participants

"My biggest takeaway was simply understanding and gaining insight on how decisions are made in government."

There’s no linear path to become involved in politics. You could have any kind of background and become involved due to a want to help your community, at any age.

"I loved most getting to spend a morning with other inspiring young women, getting to debate and talk with."

"What I learned was that although women can face tons of struggles when applying to positions of political power, reaching out to their community and connecting is really helpful and important."

About She Governs

In partnership with The City of Calgary, Equal Voice Calgary aims to equip and inspire young women to participate in the political sphere in the years and decades to come.

The She Governs initiative seeks to involve young leaders in Calgary's political process by familiarizing them with the political institutions and those serving them locally.


  • Introduce young women leaders and gender diverse youth to municipal politics and governance roles. 
  • Provide a forum for women members of Council to discuss how they have broken through barriers that women often face in elected politics.
  • Provide opportunities for young women leaders to ask questions of political and administrative leadership.
  • Create an understanding of the opportunity to influence governance through Boards, Committees, and Commissions and administration’s role in supporting Council’s vision.
  • Foster enthusiasm, excitement, and desire for involvement in elected politics.
  • Encourage young women to run for office.

Get involved with city government

She Governs past participants

2024 She Governs Speakers' Panel

The 2024 event is over but you can view the recording of the virtual speakers panel discussion.