Gender Equality

#DoneWaiting: Make Canada a Leader in Global in Gender Equality

March 7, 2020

This International Women’s Day, Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to meet its international obligations and show real progress towards women’s equality and economic justice.

“We know some steps the federal government can take right now to be a global leader in gender equality—if they are bold enough,” said Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress.

In 1995, 189 governments, including Canada’s, signed on to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set out a clear roadmap to achieve gender equality and the human rights of women. 

“Despite recent progress, there is still so much work to do. At the current rate, women will have to wait 164 more years before Canada closes the economic gender gap,” added Clarke Walker.

This year, the Generation Equality Forum will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. With gatherings in Mexico and France, this forum will engage women’s rights activists, governments and other stakeholders in a global public conversation. Together, these groups will take stock of progress and set an agenda of concrete action to realize gender equality before 2030. 

The Platform for Action committed governments to taking strategic, bold action in 12 critical areas: poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment and the girl child.  

“The number one thing our federal government can do immediately is to restore core funding to women’s rights organizations and feminist movements,” said Clarke Walker. “For far too long, these organizations have struggled for necessary resources to fund their important, and often life-saving, work. Funding that covers core operational costs can build strong, independent women’s movements that drive change.”

Canada’s unions are committed to building strong, vibrant feminist movements. Working together, we can be a powerful force for women’s economic justice.

The Canadian Labour Congress is inviting Canadians to mark International Women’s Day by taking the following actions:

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Urgent action needed to end homophobic and
    transphobic violence at work

    May 17, 2023
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  • Social Justice and Democracy
  • Never again: Canada’s unions mark 10 years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse

    April 24, 2023
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  • Ending Discrimination
  • Statement from Bea Bruske: To uphold refugee rights, Canada must suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement

    April 4, 2023
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  • Gender Equality
  • To union feminists, this International Women’s Day, I salute you

    March 8, 2023
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  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Canada’s unions are celebrating Canada’s ratification of International Labour Organization Convention 190

    January 30, 2023
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  • Ending Discrimination
  • It’s time to commit to ending gender-based violence and say never again!

    December 6, 2022
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  • Ending Discrimination
  • Political leaders must work together and fast-track Bill C-22 on Disability Benefits

    October 3, 2022
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