BPW Canada Executive 2018 - 2020

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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."

BPW International's 2017 - 2020 Triennium theme is Empowering Women to Realize Sustainable Development Goals.

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Human Trafficking Day

On February 22, 2007, the Canadian House of Commons passed a motion condemning the trafficking of women and children across international borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

The House of Commons proclaimed February 22 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day to help bring awareness to the magnitude of modern day slavery in Canada and abroad and encourage Canadians to take steps to combat human trafficking.

Motion M-47 

"That the Standing Committee on Health be instructed to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men, recognizing and respecting the provincial and territorial jurisdictions in this regard, and that the said Committee report its findings to the House no later than July 2017".

Human Trafficking Presentation Materials

Learning Network - Western University report on Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre

Human Trafficking in Persons

Human Trafficking in persons is an issue that BPW Canada has been addressing since convention 2000.  A resolution was passed in Sault Ste. Marie after it came to our attention that young girls were being smuggled into Canada from Mexico, Thailand, India and the Philippines and other countries illegally, and were being held as sex slaves. Canadian laws prohibited the sexual procurement of children in Canada and in other countries in the world but these laws were not being enforced.  Read the 2000 resolution (pdf).

At the United Nations at the Committee meetings on the Status of Women in 2005, there were parallel workshops addressing the expansion of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls around the world.

Once again, in 2013, BPW Canada created another Resolution regarding Human Trafficking. Read the 2013 resolution (pdf).

World Cup Soccer in 2006

BPW became aware that Germany was setting up a football-size area where players and fans could have sex with prostitutes without being exposed to the public.  It was anticipated that women would be trafficked across Asia and Europe to fill the need.  BPW Clubs started writing letters and signing petitions, along with an extensive prevention campaign by immigration and law enforcement.  In the end, during the World Cup, Germany experienced a short-term increase in demand for prostitution, but instead, local prostitutes from elsewhere in the country were drawn in to host cities.  The next year, at the Athens Olympics, prevention efforts were poor.  Researchers found that there was a 95% increase in human trafficked victims during the Olympics.

Since then, the issue has not abated and in fact all reports indicate that it is increasing.  A further resolution will be presented to the convention in 2010 urging the Government to provide services to assist victims in Canada. The results of the vote will be posted after convention.

What are the financial implications of human trafficking?

In 2006, the Government of Canada stated that trafficking in humans nets organized crime groups $7 billion each year.  An annual report prepared by the U.S. government states that it is in excess of $9 billion and growing.   An RCMP investigation which began as a result of people being smuggled across the Niagara River into the United States in rubber rafts revealed that people were paying between $2,000 and $2,500 to smugglers to be taken across the Niagara River.  Similar amounts are paid to human traffickers for each person delivered into prostitution or forced labour but the difference is that these people can be sold over and over again.

Get involved in prevention!

The Salvation Army launched a watchdog campaign around the Olympics in Vancouver.  As well, discussions are taking place with clubs in New York and there are plans to continue those discussions at the BPW Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  The group has also learned that pornography is one of the forces that drives human trafficking and is funded by large corporations.

Books on Human Trafficking

  • Malarek, Victor, The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade (Penguin Group Canada, 2003)
  • Malarek, Victor, The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It (Key Porter Books Ltd., 2009)
  • Batstone, Davie, Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and how we can fight it. (2008)


BPWC & Equal Pay Day Motion 70 EPD Proclamations News Releases/Reports You Are Worth It

Equal Pay Day - Canada

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 made in the previous year. They are marked around the world.

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

At the 2014 BPW Canada National Convention, the membership approved the resolution submitted by BPW Calgary: Declaration of a National Equal Pay Day in Canada. This resolution was included in BPW Canada's 2014 Brief to Government  (Resolution #2) and was tabled at the Prime Minister's Office. This resolution was resubmitted in BPW Canada's 2015 and 2016 Briefs to Government.

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 Proclamations: 2012 - 2019 

  • 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. However, the Mayor of Selkirk formerly proclaims Equal Pay Day.

  • ProclamationsBPW Selkirk has succeeded in proclaiming Equal Pay Day from 2012 to 2019. 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.

Let us know when your city has proclaimed its Equal Pay Day.

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.

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 

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

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