Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy (left) has announced she's supporting Mike Farnworth (right) in his bid for the NDP leadership.

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy (left) has announced she's supporting Mike Farnworth (right) in his bid for the NDP leadership.

Conroy backs Farnworth

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy used International Women’s Day to announce she’s endorsing Mike Farnworth for the NDP leadership.

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy used International Women’s Day to announce she’s endorsing Mike Farnworth for the NDP leadership.

Conroy said in a release that Farnworth understands that real equality for women requires improving programs that assist women and families.

“Mike’s priorities, from his commitments to expand childcare and increase supports to single parent families … to his commitment to ensuring there are more resources for seniors care are all concrete steps to addressing the challenges that women face,” she said.

Farnworth has also pledged to re-establish a Ministry of Women’s Equality.

Conroy was on a list of 30 prominent women endorsing Farnworth released by his campaign Tuesday, although she was the only member of the NDP caucus.

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall has not yet endorsed any of the leadership candidates.