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Gender Equality

Contributions of Women Parliamentarians

Rwanda was the first country to break the halfway mark (56%) in Parliament leading to:

  • Women’s rights reforms resulting in boys and girls attending school in equal numbers
  • Women opening bank accounts; mothers pass citizenship to their children Women and girls inherit, buy, and own land
  • Both genders now conduct affairs largely on an equal legal footing

In 1918, women gained the right to vote in Canada and in 1929 they gained the right to become Senators.

In 2019, 98 women were elected to Canadian Parliament, accounting for 27% of all members.

Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Equality

The Canadian Government has identified six key areas where change is required to advance gender equality:

  • Economic participation and prosperity
  • Education and skills development
  • Leadership and democratic participation
  • Gender-based violence and access to justice
  • Poverty reduction, health and well-being
  • Gender equality around the world

Goal: Increased labour market opportunities for women

  • Women are less likely to participate in the workforce than men (61% and 70% in 2018)

Goal: More women in higher quality jobs

  • In 2018, women and men were almost equallity likely to hold temporary jobs (14% and 13%) and be working involuntarily part-time (5% and 3%)

Goal: Increased full-time employment of women

  • In 2018, only 74% of employed women work full-time compared to 88% of men.

Moving Forward


Social Equality

Racism in Canada

LGBTQ2S+ Rights