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Take Action During Gender Equality Week 2018!

Note: Check out our 2019 Gender Equality Week page!

Canada’s first-ever Gender Equality Week happens Sept. 23 to 29, 2018.

Gender Equality Week is an opportunity to celebrate the progress we’ve made, and take action to further advance gender equality.

Even in a country like Canada, gender equity remains elusive — particularly for women and girls who may not experience progress at the same rate because of race, culture, language, location, sexual orientation, and economic status. Take the #MeToo movement as an example: it’s giving a powerful voice to survivors of sexual assault and harassment, and it’s also revealing how much is left to be done to reach equality.

Want to be a part of Gender Equality Week and take action to support women and girls in Canada? Here are 5 simple actions you can take:


Spread awareness and challenge the myth that gender equality is a “women’s issue”.

You don’t have to look far for evidence that #EveryoneBenefits from gender equality.

Read our latest blog post to learn 5 Ways Gender Equality Improves Life for All.


Learn the facts and bust the myths about pay inequity.

Table Icon44% of Canadians believe pay inequity is the greatest barrier to gender equality.
Many of us have heard someone say the gender pay gap is a myth, or illegal, or a lie.

Here’s a roundup of myth-busting lists to help you counter misconceptions about the pay gap:

Equal Pay Coalition: Myths about the Pay Gap
Press Progress: These 5 charts bust a misleading right-wing myth about the gender pay gap
6 myths about equal pay – and the comebacks you need to shoot them down

Learn more about the issue on the Canadian Women’s Foundation blog, and check out the work of the Equal Pay Coalition.


Loudspeaker IconChallenge policy makers on the issue of sexual assault.

In August, Ontario Superior Court Justice Nancy Spies ruled that the federal law removing the defence of extreme intoxication in sexual assault cases violates the constitutional rights of the accused.

That means someone accused of sexual assault can use extreme intoxication as a defence against criminal charges related to acts of sexual violence.

Intoxication should never be a defence for sexual violence.

Join us in letting policy makers know that we won’t stand by as the safety of women and girls is compromised by this unjust and irresponsible decision. Sign the letter here.

AFTERMETOO: Help address the increased demand on sexual violence support services.

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In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, there has been a sizeable increase in demand on Canada’s sexual violence support services. The lack of support leaves survivors with few options, and in some cases, on their own to deal with their trauma.

AFTERMETOO is a national movement to activate change on sexual violence in Canada. Founded by actors and activists Aisling Chin-Yee, Mia Kirshner, and Freya Ravenburgen, AFTERMETOO has partnered with the Canadian Women’s Foundation to create a fund that addresses the increased demand on sexual violence support services across Canada.

With your help, we can ensure that everyone has the support they need to heal from sexual violence. Donate now.

Join the conversation about gender equality at The Exchange.

The Exchange - Denise Donlon and Anita HillJoin us in Calgary on Thursday, October 25th, and in Toronto on Monday, December 3rd at The Exchange, the must-attend breakfast of the year.
• In Calgary, hear from Denise Donlon, one of Canada’s most successful broadcasters and corporate executives.
• In Toronto, we’ll be joined by Anita Hill, who sparked a cultural shift on sexual harassment when she testified against Clarence Thomas at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 1991. Purchase tickets.

Now it’s over to you: Which actions will you choose to take this week? With YOUR support, we can advance progress for women, girls, and gender equality in Canada!