Denise Christopherson, CEO, YWCA, Hamilton
“What if the world truly stepped up to take bold action?” This is the question women around the world asked on March 8-International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But it’s also a call to action, encouraging everyone to stand up for a major inclusive, gender-equal world.
A recent report by the World Economic Forum examining the Global Gender Gap found there has been a widening gap in both economic terms and health care. At the current rate of progress, women cannot expect to achieve equality for another 170 years.
Here in Canada, all levels of government are beginning to look at implementing gender-based analysis as a part of their decision making processes. Although this is an important step, we need to see more than just an analysis. We need to see real investment in programs and funding that will provide targetted support to help women succeed in all aspects of society.