Mothers, daughters, sisters, nieces, aunts, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and other women across Canada make diverse and significant contributions to family life, which has an impact beyond the family home into workplaces, communities and society as a whole.
Gender equality is a fundamental human right, and equality rights have been enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Nevertheless, women and girls in Canada continue to perform a disproportionate share of unpaid work in the family home; they are underrepresented in the labour market; and they experience higher rates of family violence and lower average incomes than men. All of this, research has shown, can impact economic growth and social development.
Ensuring that all women and girls across Canada have equal access to education, health care and decent work is critical to building a caring and compassionate society with a robust and prosperous economy, in an inclusive and vibrant culture, in a safe and sustainable environment.
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