March 8th is International Women’s Day.
I have to say that I am so inspired and encouraged by all the women, the girls, the men and the boys who stand up for equality and inclusivity. Let’s keep speaking up and supporting each other until equality is a reality in Canada and around the world.
Together, we have made great progress, but nevertheless, there are still challenges that need to be addressed.
Too few women are advancing in leadership roles. In Canada, women only make 21% of leadership roles of top 500 companies.
Canadian women are still the main caregivers. In too many households, women are still expected to be the main one to take care of children and household work. My husband is a true partner and we share all of the responsibilities equally, but my ex-spouse is only too happy to let me take on all of the responsibilities when it comes to our child. Women are also still more likely to be taking care of older family members than their male siblings.
Canadian women are still facing pay gaps. According to the government statistic, women are often paid 30% less than their male counterpart for the same job responsibilities.
Canadian women are 87% of sexual offences and 76% of sexual harassment. That number is way too high.