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This Project Funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada

 

Feminist Response and Recovery Project

The Feminist Response and Recovery Project is designed to leverage the heightened awareness and societal sensitivity to how gender and intersectional factors have disproportionately impacted Canadian women throughout the COVID-19 crisis. It recognizes the importance of ensuring that the individual experiences and unique needs of all Canadian women in all their diversity are included in the post-COVID-19 recovery plans of key stakeholders. The project uses an intentional inclusive outreach and engagement strategy to build capacity for informed intersectional gender-based equality and solution-building by Canadian businesses, community organizations and government stakeholders. It acknowledges that it will take collaborative multi-stakeholder partnerships to address the systemic vulnerabilities and gender-based bias and inequities highlighted by the pandemic. In addition, the project’s gender equality innovation challenge will spark a variety of innovative IDEAS – for Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Access, and Solutions in Canada’s workplace, marketplace and communities.

More information about the BPW Canada and CCEW Feminist Recovery Project >>

The Project Steering Committee will be formed in keeping with the project intent and seek diverse representation from clubs across Canada.

BPW Canada Members: Login to access the Steering Committee invitation, meeting summaries, and future calls to action.

BPWCanada 2021 Feminist Recovery Project Slides 5 Point Plan

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"On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind." ~ Source

SDG Decade of Action

"Today, progress is being made in many places, but, overall, action to meet the Goals is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030.

The Decade of Action calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges — ranging from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality and closing the finance gap." ~ January 2020, Source

 Click on an SDG Goal icon to learn more about the SDG and its progress.

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BPW Canada Members: BPW Canada has developed an SDG Workshop. Login to the Members Area of the website to access the workshop's document and guide.

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BPW & CCEW

BPW Canada is a founding member spearheaded and continues to be in partnership with the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW). The CCEW exists to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of women in Canada; recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for all Canadians and their families in communities across Canada.

Grounded in the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), Sustainable Development Goals and leveraging the empowerwomen.org on-line platform the CCEW promotes awareness and builds partnerships with all stakeholders groups committed to achieving gender equality and inclusive diversity in Canada.

Entrepreneurs in Business of all sizes and business associations such as the Chambers of Commerce and all BPW Clubs can now Sign the WEPs.

Governments at all levels, Civil Society and all Other Organizations can support the WEPS by signing the CCEW WEPS Statement of Support.


BPW & CCEW COVID-19 Feminist Response and Recovery ProjeCT

The COVID-19 Feminist Response and Recovery Project is designed to leverage the heightened awareness and societal sensitivity to how gender and intersectional factors have disproportionately impacted Canadian women throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Click here for more information about the COVID-19 Feminist Response and Recovery Project >>


Stakeholders can keep informed and access the most current resources and supports tailored to their specific needs @ ccew.ca

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Click on one of the buttons below to read about BPW Canada's Priority Issues for 2020 - 2022

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Priority Issues

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What are the WEPs? Objective/Vision Stakeholders The 7 Principles COVID-19 Feminist Recovery Project #WeCommit - Call to Action

 

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BPW Canada supports the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and encourages the awareness, promotion and integration of the Women's Empowerment Principles into all aspects of Canadian life; including small business, all levels of government and civil society.

Women's Empowerment is a top organizational priority and we invite all stakeholders in Canada to demonstrate their support for the WEPs and encourage business leaders to implement them to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in Canada.

BPW Canada's WEP's Profile

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What are the WEPs?

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles for businesses that offer guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

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Click here or an image to download the WEPs Brochure.

WEPs Vision

Transform corporate behaviour and intentionally position gender and women's empowerment as essential core business objectives.

WEPs Objective

Motivate and guide business to take wide-ranging actions to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and to view such action as an integral and necessary part of corporate sustainability.

How Can Stakeholders use the Seven Women's Empowerment Principles?

While designed as a tool for the private sector to strengthen company policies and programs to create a culture that can achieve gender equality, the Principles provide a platform for all stakeholders to advance their commitment to gender equality. Together we can create a Canada where women’s economic capacity is unleashed and where women are fully engaged in positions of leadership and strategic decision-making. As well as being a useful guide for business, the Principles seek to inform other stakeholders, including governments, and civil society in their engagement with the private sector. See resources specific to each of the three stakeholder groups on the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women Resource page.

The Seven Principles:

1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination
3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
4. Promote education, training and professional development for women
5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

BPW Canada and CCEW COVID-19 Feminist Recovery Project

The COVID-19 Feminist Response and Recovery Project is designed to leverage the heightened awareness and societal sensitivity to how gender and intersectional factors have disproportionately impacted Canadian women throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Find out more about this Feminist Recovery Project here >>

#WeCommit - A Call to Action

#WeCommit

The #WeCommit campaign is a call-to-action for private sector companies of all sizes, enterprises, and employers’ organizations, stock exchanges, pension funds, and wealth management funds with the aim to sign and/or deepen the implementation of the Women's Empowerment Principles.

The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women and BPW Canada supports the WEPs as a foundation to build partnerships across Canada to promote cooperation & solidarity in creating a better post-COVID-19 normal. The time is now to bring solutions to the table & secure a sustainable future for all by ensuring current and future work is built on principles of inclusivity, equality, and social justice.

Check out the #WECommit resources below to assist your journey. If you are a prospective WEPs signatory, already a WEPs signatory or an Ally, check out the #WeCommit Welcome Kit to get more tips and materials to get you started in communicating about the WEPs and calling for more commitments!

#WeCommit Resources

Questions: Contact the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gender Wage Gap Ad-Hoc Committee Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pay Equity BPWC & Equal Pay Day EPD Canada 2019 International EPD EPD Proclamations Maclean's - Wage Gap News Releases/Reports You Are Worth It

Pay Equity Commissioner

Government of Canada appoints Canada’s first federal Pay Equity Commissioner

News release, September 10, 2019

"When Canadians can count on equal pay for work of equal value, our economy grows stronger, families prosper and communities thrive. That is why the Government of Canada introduced and passed proactive pay equity legislation for the federal jurisdiction.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced the appointment of Karen Jensen as Canada’s first-ever federal Pay Equity Commissioner. Ms Jensen will provide leadership and direction for the administration and enforcement of the new Pay Equity Act." Read the entire release.


BPW Canada and Equal Pay Day

What is Equal Pay Day?

Equal Pay Day illustrates how far into the next year a woman, on average, must work to earn the same amount a man earned in the previous year. They are marked around the world.

BPW Canada Resolution: Declaration of a National Equal Pay Day in Canada: 2014 - 2016

Motion 70 - September 2016

Motion 70, placed on Notice since September 28, 2016, to declare March 18th as Equal Pay Day, Text of the Motion: 

"That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate March 18 of each year Equal Pay Day." Latest Activity: Placed on Notice (2016.09.28). 


Equal Pay Day - Government of Canada Statement - April 9, 2019

Equal Pay Day Statement from Employment and Social Development Canada April 9, 2019: Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Statement: “On Equal Pay Day, it is important to note how far Canadian women have come in the last 40 years. Greater participation of women in the workforce has accounted for about one-third of Canada’s economic growth. Advancing gender equality is not just good for women, it is good for all Canadians...click here to read the entire statement.


International Equal Pay Day - September 18

News Release, Employment and Social Development Canada, September 18, 2020: "Today, we celebrate the first International Equal Pay Day by recognizing how far Canadian women have come in the last 40 years. Canada is proud to be an active member of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)and to have supported the adoption of the resolution proclaiming September 18th as International Equal Pay Day..." Read the complete news release.

Learn more about International Equal Pay Day.


BPW Canada's Equal Pay Day Proclamations - March 18: 2012 - 2020

  • 2012: BPW Canada declares Equal Pay Day in Canada is March 18th. Proclamation Request was denied at the Calgary City Hall. The Mayor of Calgary issues a Letter of Recognition (in 2013). However, the Mayor of Selkirk formerly proclaims Equal Pay Day.

  • 2012 - 2020: ProclamationsBPW Selkirk has succeeded in proclaiming Equal Pay Day from 2012 to 2020. Proclamations have been signed by the Mayor of Selkirk.

BPW Canada Equal Pay Day Proclamation Challenge

BPW Canada is encouraging business and community leaders across the country to ask the Mayors in their respective communities to Proclaim March 18th as National Equal Pay Day.

What is Proclamation?

Proclamations are used to provide recognition of extraordinary achievements, to honour occasions of significance and to increase public awareness of issues of importance with the hope of improving the overall well-being of our communities.

Take up the Equal Pay Day Proclamation Challenge! To get you started to feel free to adapt the sample proclamation and guidelines posted below.


Maclean's: Two Different Covers, Two Different Prices

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 The February 2018, "Maclean’s has created two covers with two different prices—one at $8.81, the other at our regular price of $6.99—to reflect the 26 percent gap between full-time wages paid to men and women in Canada. It’s a cheeky way to draw attention to a gap that has barely budged in decades...."


News Releases/Statements/Reports


News Release from Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada - December 13, 2018: Historic proactive pay equity legislation receives Royal Assent

"Advancing gender equality is not just good for women, it’s good for all Canadians. When Canadian women can count on equal pay for work of equal value, our economy grows stronger, families prosper and communities thrive. That’s why, on October 29, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced a proactive pay equity regime that will ensure that women and men in federally regulated workplaces, including the federal private sector, the federal public service, Parliamentary workplaces, Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ offices, receive equal pay for work of equal value." Click here to read the complete news release.

Statement by Minister Monsef on the Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equality - December 13, 2018: Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equality

Ottawa – The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today issued the following statement on the passage of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, which includes legislation to create the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE): “Today is a historic day for gender equality in Canada. With the passage of this legislation, our government is fulfilling key commitments to advance gender equality, address diversity and inclusion, and grow our economy...". Click here to read the complete statement.

It's Time to Act - Report of the Special Committee on Pay Equity, Chair Anita Vandenbeld - June 2016, 42nd Parliament, 1st Session.

"Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the Committee has studied Pay Equity...The Committee recognizes that pay equity is a legislated human right and the Committee believes that the Government of Canada has the obligation to ensure that within its jurisdiction, pay equity is a human right that is promoted, implemented and enforced. The Committee believes it is time for the federal government to act...". Click here to read the complete report.

We need action, not just talk, to close wage gap between men and women: Editorial - October 8, 2015, Toronto Star

BPW Canada's First Vice-President, Linda Davis, named to Ontario's Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee.

Toronto Star, October 8, 2015: "...Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee that will soon begin holding province-wide public hearings and consultations with businesses to find ways to close the gap...The committee includes some high-powered, highly-qualified people including ...Linda Davis, past-president of the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Ontario and a current board member of the Equal Pay Coalition. That alone speaks to the government’s seriousness to move on this issue." Complete Article.

Labour Day: A Focus on Equal Pay, September 7, 2015: BPW Canada Press Release:

"As Canadians celebrate this labour day weekend by taking a final summer trip to their cottage, get together with family and friends at parades, festivals or even fireworks, and as parents shop at the malls to take advantage of Back-to-School sales with their children and teens, let us not forget why Labour Day was originally marked in 1872. It was a day set aside to give the Canadian workforce an opportunity to campaign for better working conditions or pay." Click here to read the complete news release.


You Are Worth It Module (Workshop)

BPW Ontario partnered with the Pay Equity Commission Ontario to develop a learning module: "You Are Worth it: Compensation Pitfalls and How to Manage Them".  The module helps us better understand why the wage gap persists and how we can address it. This resource that can be customized and used by clubs across Canada, as well as non-members, to get the message out that “Economic Equality - Means Business

The “You Are Worth it: Compensation Pitfall and Strategies to Manage Them” can help us better understand why the wage gap persists and how we can address it. It is a joint initiative between BPW and the Pay Equity Commission of Ontario and is a resource that can be customized and used by clubs across Canada to get the message out that “Economic Equality - Means Business”.

You Are Worth It Module Workbook - Ontario

BPW Canada members: there are more materials on this website, login to the BPW Canada site and look for the Career Achievement modules.