The city of Thunder Bay in Ontario raised a flag to mark International Women’s Day. (Christina Jung / CBC)

Women’s Day: progress in Canada but more to be done

Share

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is pleased with progress being made on gender equality in Canada but vows to continue to press for progress.

Still feeling unsafe, says activist

“We know that some women and girls in Canada continue to feel unsafe and unequal,” says Keetha Mercer, a program manager at the foundation. “Some Canadian statistics (suggest that) 67 per cent of all Canadians personally know a woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted, 1.5 million women in Canada continue to live on a low income and by grade 10, only 14 per cent of girls in Canada say they feel confident.”

Listen

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly said he is a feminist and Mercer was pleased to see measures announced in the government’s recent budget to address issues important to women. She says there has been a strong focus on equality in the workplace, on tackling gender-based violence and promoting gender equality.

There is cause to celebrate some of the initiatives of the avowed feminist Trudeau government, says Keetha Mercer..

‘Great wins…but’

“We’ve had some really great wins this past year,” says Mercer. “In particular…the Canadian Women’s Foundation applauds the additional funding for sexual assault centres because some areas of this country are desperately underserved.

“And we’re encouraged about investments being made in reaching teens and engaging them in conversations about gender equality particularly as a violence prevention strategy.

“But despite all of these great investments to support and keep women in the work force and to address gender-based violence, we are unhappy that there’s been no new investments in child care.”

Keetha Mercer was pleased with government measures in the budget but says more work needs to be done on issues affecting women and girls.

Mercer notes, the foundation’s theme this year is “press for progress. “We can’t get to a gender-equal Canada if we don’t listen to and recognize the unique experiences of women and girls from all walks of life and…if we don’t acknowledge and change systemic problems in our institutions, in our government, in schools, and address how gender inequality is affecting girls across the country.”

Share
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Society

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

*