Status of Women Canada Ministerial Transition Book
Key Decisions, Meetings and Activities



16 Days Of Activism Against Gender Violence (November 25 – December 10)

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence begin on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and end on International Human Rights Day on December 10. They also include the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and Girls on December 6. The 16 Days of Activism is a time to both reflect on violence against women and to take action to end it.

As organizations working on gender based violence finalize their activities, you will be provided with a calendar offering several opportunities to take part in events commemorating this internationally recognized period of time.



December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6 marks the anniversary of the murders of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989.

As this is part of the 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender Violence, options for speaking opportunities will be included in the aforementioned calendar.

2015 Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case (early December, TBD)

As Status of Women Canada is responsible for administrating the Awards, you will be a speaker at the awards ceremony, presided by the Governor General. The Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were created in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Persons Case, which changed the course of history for women in Canada. Each year, five recipients are chosen from across Canada.



Canadian delegation to UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2016

Your decision will be required on the final delegation (including non-governmental organizations, Provincial and Territorial representatives and Member of Parliaments)



Second National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Winnipeg, Manitoba, TBC)

In late February 2015, the Government of Canada committed to participate in the second Roundtable with National Aboriginal Organizations, Provinces and Territories. It is anticipated that you may represent the Government of Canada at this Roundtable in Manitoba (timing to be confirmed). At the first Roundtable, participants negotiated the Framework For Action To Prevent and Address Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls, which sets out the objectives and the priorities for coordinated action by all parties involved.


Women’s Memorial March 2016, February 14 (26th edition)

The Women’s Memorial Marches take place annually on Valentine’s Day in many communities around the country to honour the lives of missing and murdered women (mostly Aboriginal women). You may wish to attend one of these marches and meet informally with family members.



2016 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)
(March 14 – 24 )

The UNCSW is the main international mechanism to address issues relevant to gender equality and women’s human rights. The UNCSW convenes annually and is a forum through which emerging issues and trends are identified. At this event, national women’s machineries and inter-governmental bodies discuss challenges and opportunities with respect to advancing the global agenda for gender equality and women’s human rights. You will be leading the Canadian delegation, on behalf of the Government of Canada, and promoting Canada’s commitment to gender equality. Your presence is typically required for the first 2 to 3 days of the meeting.


March 8: International Women’s Day

Each year, March 8 – and the week in which it falls – provides an opportunity to take stock of progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world. Events and speaking opportunities will be proposed as a way of promoting the Government of Canada’s work domestically and around the world to advance gender equality.

When Parliament Resumes


Departmental Performance Reports (DPR)

DPRs inform Parliamentarians and Canadians of the past year results achieved for Canadians by government organizations. The DPR will be tabled when Parliament resumes and you will be requested to sign off on SWC’s 2015–2016 Report.

Annual Report on Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP)

As Minister, you are responsible for signing and tabling of SWC’s 2014–2015 report on ATIP. Tabling must take place on any of the 15 days after Parliament resumes. This report will be made available to Canadians simultaneously, via our website.  


Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO)

As Minister of Status of Women, you will be called to appear before the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO). Your first appearance will most likely be on the topic of Supplementary Estimates (B).

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