But wait... gender equality already exists, doesn’t it?
Equality between women and men is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Government of Canada is committed to upholding gender equality in all sectors of Canadian society. We have made great strides in many areas, such as education and workforce participation.
Nevertheless, challenges remain:
Too few women are advancing into leadership roles.
Women make up just 21.6% of Financial Post 500* board members. Footnote i
*The Financial Post’s ranking of Canada’s largest companies by revenue.
Women are under-represented in politics.
Women continue to spend more time on caregiving and housework.
Women in the workforce tend to earn less than men.
Women continue to experience high rates of gender-based violence.
Some groups are at particular risk for gender-based violence.
- Aboriginal women (10%) were about three times as likely to report being a victim of spousal violence as non-Aboriginal women (3%). Footnote x
How do we change this?
- It starts with changing attitudes and behaviours.
- It starts by recognizing that the gender stereotypes and subtle sexism we encounter every day are part of the problem.
- It starts by challenging the sexism and discrimination that allow gender inequality to exist.
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