When I noticed that #GenderEqualityWeek was trending on Twitter this week, I was pleasantly surprised that this initiative is occurring right at home on Canadian soil. This is the first time this movement is occurring in Canada, and thus far, it’s received a very positive response via social media (do a quick search, you’ll see for yourself).
One of the tweets I came across stated that women in Canada continue to face a 32% wage gap in comparison to our male colleagues, which is the equivalent to working for zero compensation from September to December: https://twitter.com/cdnwomenfdn/status/1044294454075641857
These types of statistics definitely hit home when they’re phrased in this manner.
I certainly believe Canada has made progress in terms of gender equality over the past few years, and this week’s initiative is a testament to this progress. Do I believe #GenderEqualityWeek will somehow instill equal pay between men and women in all sectors of the Canadian economy immediately? Absolutely not. However, these sorts of movements only fuel the fire further in terms of social movements, and I for one think Canada is on the right track.
I’m convinced many people don’t believe gender inequality exists in Canada because we are a developed, progressive country, but this simply isn’t the case. Wage gaps between men and women exist across the globe, and this issue demands attention, which is exactly what Canada is doing. I hope other countries will follow suit, and perhaps in due time this week will become a global movement for all of society.
I’ve always been proud to be Canadian, but instances such as these only intensify my pride. Women deserve to be celebrated and treated equally in all aspects of life, and #GenderEqualityWeek in Canada is working to make this more than a potential happening; we’re working together to make it a reality.
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