About Gender Equality Week

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Canada is celebrating Gender Equality Week from September 23 to 27, 2019!

The theme for Gender Equality Week is Gender equality benefits everyone, inspired by the vision of a gender equal society and the benefits of advancing gender equality to women, men and people of all gender identities. When we make progress towards gender equality, #EveryoneBenefits!

This week is an opportunity for people from coast to coast to coast to celebrate the progress we’ve made in advancing gender equality in Canada, while reflecting on the work that remains to make sure that everyone – regardless of their gender – can reach their full potential.

Gender Equality Week is the result of Bill C-309, the Gender Equality Week Act, which received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018. This legislation designates the fourth week in September as Gender Equality Week.

Throughout the week, show your support with the hashtag #EveryoneBenefits and tell us why gender equality is important to you.


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This image is a graphic of several people surrounding the hashtag "#EveryoneBenefits" which sits on a green field and is below a light blue sky scattered with little white clouds. The hashtag is written in green, fading from light to dark from top to bottom. On the left, there’s a man in a wheel chair and a woman wearing a hijab talking on a cellphone. On top of the words in the middle, there’s a man is pushing a baby carriage and an elderly woman following them. On the right, a man is throwing a football to a woman. On top the hashtag, it reads "Gender Equality Week" in orange-red and “September 22-28, 2019” in dark green. The department’s signature “Women and Gender Equality Canada” appears on the bottom left in white. The Canada Wordmark appears on the bottom right in white. The bottom of the graphic has bouquets of different shapes of leaves ranging from green to orange-red, yellow and blue leaves.

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