Gender equality

Subscribe to Gender equality
Illustration by Alisha Davidson
In the game of settler-nation relay, Canada ranks second in the world for largest per-capita immigration rates, one in five Canadians being foreign-born. We’ve had this immigrant-fuelled-economy thing down pat for many decades now, especially when it comes to ensuring the immigration stream prioritizes highly skilled workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (aka STEM). It should give us a clear advantage in that other race—to become one of the world’s leading knowledge economies.
In late October, the CCPA released its fourth annual ranking of the best and worst cities in Canada to be a woman. The report by CCPA senior researcher Kate McInturff, our cover feature in this issue of the Monitor, provides a snapshot of the gaps in men’s and women’s access to economic security, personal security, education, health and positions of leadership in communities across the country. Also in this issue:
This annual study provides a snapshot of the gaps in men and women’s access to economic security, personal security, education, health, and positions of leadership in Canada’s largest 25 metropolitan areas. It measures these gaps in a given community in order to capture inequalities that can be attributed, at least in part, to discrimination based on gender; it also serves as a reminder that, with the right choices and policies, these gaps can be closed.
 OTTAWA—A new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) uncovers the best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada. Victoria ranks highest, while big gaps in income and employment leave Windsor in last place for the second year in a row.
As the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) continues, a new study looks at the problems of reactive government policy on MMIWG in Manitoba.  
The Trudeau government has shone internationally on a progressive message of tolerance, openness, diversity and inclusive, sustainable economic growth. It says it wants to make globalization fair for everyone, and that, as the prime minister tweeted, Canada welcomes all people “fleeing persecution, terror & war.” But on a number of files the government has bent itself into a pretzel trying to square its beliefs with its actions. An underlying theme throughout this issue of the Monitor is the empty gesture.
First published in the Winnipeg Free Press June 15, 2017 Inter-Agency effort to support inner-city women's centre