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Gender Equality Week through the years

Explore Gender Equality Week's infographics, and themes through the years.

Gender Equality Week 2021

Gender Equality Week 2020

Gender Equality Week 2020

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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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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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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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.

#BecauseOfYou

2010 to 2015

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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.

#BecauseOfYou

2015-2020

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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.

#BecauseOfYou

Gender equality achievements

Milestones for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

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Milestones for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) - Transcript
  • Providing girls and women with equal access to education ensures our future leaders reflect our diversity as Canadians.
  • In 2016, 33% of STEM graduates are women, but only 23% are working in this field.
  • When women lead in STEM, the ripple effect can be profound…
  • 2017 – Dr. Theresa Tam is appointed as Canada’s first woman Chief Public Health Officer. As a physician with expertise in immunization, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness, she is leading Canada’s COVID-19 public health response
  • 2017 – Mona Nemer becomes Canada’s first woman Chief Science Advisor. Born in Lebanon, as a young student, she advocated to expand her school’s curriculum so girls could study science at higher levels and went on to complete a PhD in chemistry at McGill University in 1982 [photo].
  • 2020 – Of the 14 chief medical officers and public health officers battling COVID-19 in Canada, seven are women.
  • We are making waves—increasing the number of women in these fields fuels change that improves the lives of people across the country.
  • #BecauseOfYou

Milestones on women’s economic participation and prosperity

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Milestones on women’s economic participation and prosperity - Transcript
  • Everyone – regardless of gender identity or expression – deserves to receive equal pay for work of equal value.
  • 2001 – The Canadian Human Rights Commission recommends employers examine their pay practises to ensure women and men receive equal pay for equal work – workers should not have to file a complaint before action is taken on pay equity.
  • From 2001 to 2004, the Bilson Task Force fuels progress in our pursuit of pay equity and recommends changes to the law and the role of unions so that we can not only achieve—but maintain—pay equity.
  • The rate of women participating in paid work increases by 12% in between 1995 and 2020.
  • The pay gap decreases by 6 cents between 1997 and 2019. Women earn 88 cents for every dollar earned by men.
  • 2018 – Parliament adopts the Pay Equity Act to ensure fair compensation of men and women in the federal public service and federally governed institutions.
  • 2019 – Karen Jensen is appointed as Canada’s first Pay Equity Commissioner [photo].
  • We have lessened the pay gap and are gaining momentum. Let’s continue to work for parity.
  • #BecauseOfYou

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Pay equity - Text version

Pay equity

Everyone – regardless of gender identity or expression – deserves to receive equal pay for work of equal value.

2001 - The Canadian Human Rights Commission recommends to Parliament that a proactive pay equity system be established so that employees proactively get equal pay, without needing to file a complaint to receive it.

2001-2004 - From 2001 to 2004, the Government of Canada appoints the Bilson Task Force to improve federal pay equity approach. 113 recommendations were made for a new proactive pay equity system.

2018 - Parliament adopts the Pay Equity Act to ensure fair compensation of men and women in the federal public service and federally governed institutions.

2019

  • Karen Jensen is appointed as Canadaʼs first Pay Equity Commissioner.
  • Women earn 88 cents for every dollar earned by men, a 6 cent increase since 1997.

We have lessened the pay gap and are gaining momentum. Letʼs continue to work for parity.

Milestones on LGBTQ2 rights

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LGBTQ2 rights - Transcript
  • Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure, to live free from discrimination and persecution, and to express themselves fully, no matter who they love or how they identify.
  • 1996 – Sexual Orientation is added to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • 2005 – Same-sex marriage is legalized across Canada.
  • 2009 – The first Trans March in Canada is organized during Toronto Pride.
  • 2017 – Gender expression and gender identity are added to the Canadian Human Rights Act.
  • 2017 – The Government of Canada makes a formal apology for the historic purge of LGBTQ2 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, and civil service.
  • 2019 – Gemma Hickey Becomes one of the first Canadians to receive a gender-neutral birth certificate and passport [photo].
  • Let’s celebrate all those who work to advance gender equality and continue to create a better and equal world for all.
  • #BecauseOfYou

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LGBTQ2 rights - Text version

LGBTQ2 rights

Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure, to live free from discrimination and persecution, and to express themselves fully, no matter who they love or how they identify.

1996 - Sexual orientation is added to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

2005 - Same-sex marriage is legalized across Canada.

2009 - The first Trans March in Canada is organized during Toronto Pride.

2017 - Gender expression and gender identity are added to the Canadian Human Rights Act.

  • The Government of Canada makes a formal apology for the historic purge of LGBTQ2 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, and civil service.

2019 - Gemma Hickey becomes one of the first Canadians to receive a gender-neutral birth certificate and passport.

  • The Government of Canada announces support to help grassroots LGBTQ2 organizations grow.

Letʼs celebrate all those who work to advance gender equality and continue to create a better and equal world for all.

Milestones on women in leadership roles and democratic participation

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Political participation and leadership - Transcript
  • When more women and people from diverse gender communities take on leadership roles in politics and civic life, we create healthier and more inclusive communities that better reflect our diversity as Canadians.
  • Graphic depicting the increase of women elected to parliament from 1/5 in 1997 to 1/3 in 2019.
  • 1993 – Jean Augustine becomes the first African Canadian woman to be elected to Canada’s House of Commons and led the campaign to create Black History Month.
  • 1993 – Kim Campbell becomes the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Canada.
  • Graphic depicting 2015 – an equal number of men and women are appointed to Cabinet for the first time.
  • Graphic depicting 2020 – Senate parity.
  • We have made so much progress—just imagine what we will achieve in the years to come as new trailblazers rise and advance gender equality in Canada.
  • #BecauseOfYou

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Political participation and leadership

When more women and people from gender diverse communities take on leadership roles in politics and civic life, we create healthier and more inclusive communities that better reflect our diversity as Canadians.

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

1997- One in five (1/5) people elected to Parliament are women.

2015 - Canada has its first ever gender-balanced Cabinet in history.

2019 - A record number of women run for Parliament, representing 42% of candidates.

2020 - One in three (1/3) people elected to Parliament are women.

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

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Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

September 1995 -

Canada, along with the international community, reaffirms its commitment to advance the goals of equality, development and peace for women and girls everywhere, in the interest of all humanity.

In addition to committing to critical actions, from addressing the needs of women in poverty and pay equity, to eliminating gender-based violence—areas of concern that are as relevant today—the Beijing Declaration commits to:

  • Womenʼs rights are human rights
  • Equal treatment of women and men in education and health care
  • Women have the right to control all aspects of their health
  • Womenʼs economic empowerment, leadership, and political participation
  • Prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls
  • Develop and implement gender-sensitive policies and programs

July 2020 -

The Generation Equality Forum is established to mark Beijing + 25, and Canada, along with the Netherlands, are named co-leads on the Feminist Movement and Leadership Coalition. The goal is to press for action on issues where progress still needs to be made, to honour those who have paved the way, and celebrate those who are working to advance gender equality in their communities.

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