Gender Equality Benefits Everyone

Government of Canada marks the first-ever Gender Equality Week

Canada is celebrating the first ever Gender Equality Week from September 23 to 29, 2018!

The theme for Gender Equality Week is Gender equality benefits everyone, inspired by the vision of a gender equal society and the benefits of advancing gender equality to women, men and people of all gender identities. When we make progress towards gender equality, #EveryoneBenefits!

This week is an opportunity for people from coast to coast to coast to celebrate the progress we’ve made in advancing gender equality in Canada, while reflecting on the work that remains to make sure that everyone – regardless of their gender – can reach their full potential.

Gender Equality Week is the result 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.

Throughout the week, show your support with the hashtag #EveryoneBenefits and tell us why gender equality is important to you.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women,  in her sstatement: said, “This is the inspiration for this year’s theme, Gender equality benefits everyone. It is a powerful reminder that we all have so much to gain when we advance gender equality. It is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.

“We have a $150 billion dollar reason to do this well. That is what we will add to Canada’s economy in less than a decade if we successfully bring in policies of fairness and equality. By removing barriers to women’s participation in sectors like the skilled trades and STEM fields – sectors which represent high-quality, well-paid jobs and have significant labour shortages – we are growing our middle class.

“By supporting women in business, in leadership roles and in non-traditional sectors, we are unlocking Canada’s economic potential and creating a strong economy. By including women in decision-making processes, we are creating more profitable businesses and a more secure and peaceful world. By upholding equality and justice, we are advancing human rights within our borders and beyond.

“And by eliminating discrimination, preventing gender-based violence, and challenging harmful stereotypes faced by people of all genders, we are creating a foundation for everyone to lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

“Like Canadians, our government believes that everybody deserves an equal and fair chance at success. Together, we are making tremendous progress on advancing gender equality – progress worth celebrating and, more importantly, progress we are committed to building on in the months and years to come. We still have much more work ahead, but if we all do our part, we will create a more equitable and prosperous Canada for everyone.”

Advancing gender equality leads to countless benefits for women, men and people of all gender identities. Here are some of the ways that gender equality creates a better world – for all of us.

Fairness

Fairness, equality and justice are the foundation of human rights. From the early suffragists to the activists of the #MeToo movement, the idea that gender equality is first and foremost the right thing to do has inspired and galvanized advocates around the world.

Economic prosperity

Gender equality is not only the right thing to do – it’s also the smart thing to do. Advancing gender equality will help create a thriving, prosperous country for everyone. By supporting women in business, in leadership roles and in non-traditional sectors, we can unlock Canada’s economic potential.

Health and happiness

Equality is the foundation from which everyone can all lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. From eliminating discrimination and harmful stereotypes to preventing gender-based violence, advancing gender equality contributes to a higher quality of life for everyone.

Peace and security

Gender equality has the power to create a more peaceful world. Involving women in the decision-making process – from peace operations to responses to climate change – helps achieve long-term, sustainable peace.

Limitless possibilities

Everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and gender equality helps create a world without limits. When steps are taken to advance gender equality, barriers are removed to create a world of infinite possibilities.

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