Canada must continue to advance and defend gender equity to become a global gender rights role model.
What is the state of gender equity in Canada?
In 2015, Canada committed to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030, alongside 192 other United Nations Member States via the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are 17 goals created by the United Nations to challenge countries to create fundamental changes to societies to make the world more equitable, prosperous, and peaceful. These goals focus on eradicating all forms of poverty and inequality, accelerating structural transformations, and building resilience. These goals offer a blueprint for peace and prosperity while creating an immediate call to action.
Significant public education and awareness building is required to counteract deeply ingrained beliefs and harmful views of gender norms. Canada’s current public policies are a manifestation of our society’s history, cultural traditions and sometimes religion. The ongoing legacies of colonialism and residential schools, particularly in regard to imposing colonial gender norms, compound other forms of discrimination already disproportionately experienced by Indigenous communities.