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About Gender Equality Week

September 20 to 26, 2020 marks Gender Equality Week, an opportunity to raise awareness of the important contributions women and gender diverse communities have made to the growth, development, character and identity of Canada; to celebrate the significant achievements and accomplishments that we have made in advancing gender equality; and to reconfirm our commitment to address persistent gender equality gaps in our country. 

Gender Equality Week is the result of the passing 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.

Join the conversation: #BecauseOfYou

This year’s theme, #BecauseOfYou, celebrates the many trailblazers, activists and advocates who are working to advance gender equality in their communities.

This Gender Equality Week:

25 years of progress towards gender equality

1995 to 2000

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1995 to 2000 - Text version

Gender equality 25 years of progress

1995-2000 snapshot

In 1995, Canada and its international allies adopted the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action where we committed to advance the goals of equality, development and peace for all women and girls.

1995- Canada adopted the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action.

1996- The Canadian Human Rights Act is amended to add “sexual orientation” as grounds of discrimination.

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2000 to 2005

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2000 to 2005 - Text version

Gender equality 25 years of progress

2000-2005 snapshot

In 1995, Canada and its international allies adopted the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action where we committed to advance the goals of equality, development and peace for all women and girls.

2004 - Standing Committee on the Status of Women is established in the House of Commons.

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2005 to 2010

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2005 to 2010 - Text version

Gender equality 25 years of progress

2005-2010 snapshot

In 1995, Canada and its international allies adopted the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action where we committed to advance the goals of equality, development and peace for all women and girls.

2005 - Same-sex marriage became legal across Canada.

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2010 to 2015

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2010 to 2015 - Text version

Gender equality 25 years of progress

2010-2015 snapshot

In 1995, Canada and its international allies adopted the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action where we committed to advance the goals of equality, development and peace for all women and girls.

2012- The UN formally adopts a resolution designating the International Day of the Girl under Canadaʼs leadership.

2015 - First full “Minister of Status of Women” position is created.

  • Prime Minister announces first gender-balanced Cabinet in history.
  • The Government of Canada launches National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

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2015-2020

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2015 to 2020 - Text version

Gender equality 25 years of progress

2015-2020 snapshot

In 1995, Canada and its international allies adopted the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action where we committed to advance the goals of equality, development and peace for all women and girls.

2017 - Gender expression and gender identity is added as protected grounds to The Canadian Human Rights Act and lead to expanded protections for transgender and gender-diverse Canadians in Canadaʼs Criminal Code.

  • Canada launches Itʼs Time: Canadaʼs Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence (GBV), the first ever federal strategy on GBV.

2018 - Canada launches the first ever Feminist International Assistance Policy to promote gender equality and empower women and girls.

2019 - The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered

Indigenous Women and Girls is released.

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