Measuring progress

Gender Results Framework – now online!

The Gender Results Framework is a whole-of-government tool that defines the Government of Canada’s gender equality goals, the actions we are taking to get there, and how we will measure our success.

Check out the website to find out how we’re working towards reaching our gender equality goals by focusing on:

  • Education and skills development
  • Economic participation and prosperity
  • Leadership and democratic participation
  • Gender-based violence and access to justice
  • Poverty reduction, health and well-being
  • Gender equality around the world

Gender Equality Success Stories

Women in Politics around the World

On March 12, the Interparliamentary Union presented the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU-UN Women map of Women in Politics during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) at the UN in New York.

The map, which presents global rankings for women in the executive and parliamentary government branches as of January 1, 2019, shows the proportion of women ministers is at an all-time high at 20.7%, up 2.4% since 2017. It also shows that the types of portfolios women ministers hold are diversifying.

Nine countries, up from six in 2017, have 50% or more women in ministerial positions. Canada is ranked 8th in the world with 50%.

There has also been an interesting shift in the types of portfolios held by women ministers. Although women continue to mainly hold portfolios on social affairs, the trade/ industry portfolio is among the top five ministries held by women for the first time, and for the first time since 2012, portfolios held by women ministers covering employment/labour/vocational training return to the top five. Also noteworthy, more women are in charge of portfolios traditionally occupied by men compared to 2017: 30% more women ministers cover defence, 52.9% more women finance, and 13.6% more women cover foreign affairs.

The Canadian Council of Young Feminists

Two young women in Ottawa have formed the Canadian Council of Young Feminists, and chose the occasion of UNCSW 63 to launch this new national organization. Katrina Leclerc and Alexandria Kazmerik, staffers in the office of Independent Senator Marilou McPhedran, decided to team up and take on the challenge of bringing more people into international development and advocacy and gather young people together under “a feminist and gender equality-driven lends to facilitate their access to different opportunities and different experiences on an international scale.”

This new Council has formally partnered with another newly formed group, the Canadian Association of Feminist Parliamentarians – which already boasts sixty members.

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