Coming up

Release of ‘What We Heard’ Report for Men and Boys

In early 2019, we will release a “What We Hear Report” from the Men and Boys roundtables held this summer with a wide range of stakeholders and individuals across Canada.

The roundtables opened conversations with Canadians to better understand how to engage men, boys and members of the LGBTQ2 community on the issue of gender equality, and how they, in some cases, both experience and sometimes perpetuate gender inequality.

Visit our website to read more about it.

Pay Transparency – BIA2

To complement the proactive pay equity regime, the Government will also implement pay transparency by publishing user-friendly online content on the pay practices of employers in the federally regulated sector through an investment of $3 million over five years, starting in 2018-19.

International Women’s Day

Each year, March 8 is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women and renew our efforts in achieving gender equality – in Canada and around the world.

The beginnings of International Women’s Day (IWD) trace back to the early 20th century, emerging from the activities of labour movements in North America and Europe and reflecting a growing movement for women to participate equally in society.

The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. On that day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. In the years that followed, other countries began to observe and celebrate this day.

The United Nations recognized 1975 as International Women’s Year and began celebrating IWD on March 8, later adopting a resolution designating March 8 as International Women’s Day.

Today, International Women's Day is celebrated around the world – in many countries, it is a national holiday. It has grown to become a global day of recognition of women's achievements and a call to action to support women's rights and advance gender equality.

Stay tuned for information about this year’s theme and events.

63rd Session of the United Nations Commission of the Status of Women

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), a commission of the UN Economic and Social Council, is the principal global policy-making body dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women.

Canada has participated in the UNCSW since its creation in 1947. The Department for Women and Gender Equality, in collaboration with the Department of Global Affairs Canada, leads preparations for the annual meeting.

Countdown to UNCSW in New York 2019 - Preparations are underway both in Canada and abroad for the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) which will take place in New York from March 11 to March 22, 2019.

The Department sought nominations of candidates from women’s and other civil society organizations (CSOs) to serve as members of the official Canadian delegation at the 63rd session of the UNCSW.

Thanks to all of those who nominated someone to serve in the Canadian delegation. Chosen delegates will be contacted closer to the 63rd session date.

Women Deliver

Women Deliver, a global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women, debuted as a global conference in London, England in 2007.

Every three years, the Women Deliver Conference brings together world leaders, activists, government officials, parliamentarians, NGO representatives, and business people to discuss gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Canada to Host in 2019

Canada will host the next Women Deliver Conference, set for June 3- 6, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Canada will provide $20 million between 2017-2020 to assist Women Deliver in their global advocacy. These contributions will support programs promoting the health, rights, and wellbeing of women and girls, with a focus on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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