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Report Finds Women in Canada Still Face Systemic Inequality, Encourages Action

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A report published by the Canadian Women’s Foundation this week provides new insight into the state of gender equality in Canada.

Women’s Equality in Canada: An Environmental Scan is designed to inform the work of the Gender Equality Network Canada, a national women’s collaboration that is working on a national action plan for gender equality. The network was launched last year with funding from Status of Women Canada and is convened by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

“Despite progress and momentum towards gender equality, women have not achieved equality in Canada. Whether measuring women’s equality or women’s equity; women’s well-being or specific outcomes in employment, health, education; there are women in Canada who continue to face significant challenges and systemic inequality.”

The report tracks how gender equality in Canada experienced serious setbacks during a 10-year period when government support for equality was withdrawn. Despite this, grassroots women’s organizations continued to organize, collaborate, advocate, and take legal action to advance gender equality. Women played key roles in creating some of the most important social movements of the last few years, including Idle No More, Black Lives Matter, and #MeToo. Because of their ongoing activism, women’s organizations are now well-positioned to leverage the new federal commitment to equality, reflected in recent funding and policy decisions.

The Gender Equality Network Canada will take collective action on the most urgent issues facing women and girls in Canada, including violence, poverty and economic security, and issues for Indigenous women. It will work from an intersectional framework, which recognizes that women aren’t just women—they also have multiple other identities such as race, religion, class, ability, sexual orientation, language, income, and more. As a result, they can experience multiple forms of discrimination and deeper inequality.

“An intersectional approach reveals no area that has unequivocally improved for all women. Deeper analysis reveals that for some women – Indigenous, Black, and other racialized women, immigrant women, women with disabilities and women in remote areas – improvements have been marginal or insignificant.”

By convening and supporting women leaders from across the country to come together with a clear mandate, the Gender Equality Network Canada will be a powerful catalyst to make intersectional gender equality a reality in Canada.

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3 Responses to “Report Finds Women in Canada Still Face Systemic Inequality, Encourages Action”

  1. Avatar ghd sports says:

    Every day, in every country in the world, women are confronted by discrimination and inequality. They face violence, abuse and unequal treatment at home, at work and in their wider communities – and are denied opportunities to learn, to earn and to lead.

  2. Avatar Cheryl Bosse says:

    In very bad situation of long term abuse childhood and domestic violence into third generation abuse

    I am a experienced social worker and social justice advocate

    My complaint is in front of the RCMP commissioners office and I need to report very bad abuse involving high levels of authority

    I need safety to go forward and can’t be heard involved in high level reviews

    I am being completely marginalized and abuse right now and have gone everywhere

    Please help me have a voice I do not want to die like this an abused woman in Canada

    I think I have a landmark case for helping to change things as it is all documented and witnessed but I can’t get any representation

    It involves many authorities abusing women and children and high authorities and I have it all but no voice

    Please I still have a young son who is handicapped and I want to save him I am a loving mom and a great person and should not be killed like this in my own country

    Please help me a dying woman from severe abuse and I can’t even report another woman that died this way

    Please help I think you need to hear my story It involves high levels of women abuse that are covered up in our society and it could help me and many other women and people

    I was educated at McGill and University if Toronto with over 40 years experience I have it all documented and witnessed and it could well help

    Please contact me Cheryl Bosse I need help one woman can not be heard in Canada by herself but I am still trying 905 975-1286

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  3. Avatar vex 3 says:

    It is unfair to be a woman who has suffered when the society is unfair to the injustice of women who are too disadvantaged

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