The Honourable Rona Ambrose is the Minister for Status of Women.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women is Susan Truppe, M.P. (London North Centre (Ontario)).
Status of Women Canada is a federal government organization that promotes equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.
Status of Women Canada works to advance equality for women by focusing its efforts in three priority areas:
Status of Women Canada is responsible for providing strategic policy advice and gender-based analysis support, administering the Women's Program, and promoting Commemorative Dates relating to women in Canada.
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Since 1971, there has been a Minister responsible for the Status of Women. The Office of the Coordinator, Status of Women, was initially established in the Privy Council Office in response to a recommendation contained in the report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in 1970.
The Office of the Coordinator, Status of Women, became a departmental agency of the federal government on April 1, 1976. The Coordinator is an Order-in-Council appointment and is the Head of Agency. The Agency is funded by an annual budget approved by Parliament. You may wish to view the lists of:
The mandate of Status of Women Canada is "to coordinate policy with respect to the status of women and administer related programs" (1976).
A Canada where equality is achieved between women and men in all aspects of life.
To exercise leadership and work in partnership to advance equality and increase women’s participation.
To provide expert advice on how to take gender equality into account in developing the best policies and programs for all Canadians.
To support action and innovation that will lead to equality in communities across Canada.
Through the Women's Program and its two components, the Women's Community Fund and the Women's Partnership Fund, Status of Women Canada plays a vital role in supporting the work of women's and other Canadian organizations. The mandate of the Women's Program is "to advance equality for women across Canada by improving their economic and social conditions and increasing their participation in democratic life." Accordingly, the objective of the program is "to achieve the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada." For more information about the Women's Program, please visit the Funding section.
Status of Women Canada works to advance equality for women and girls. As part of its strategic policy role, the Agency advises other federal departments and agencies on long-standing and emerging issues, opportunities and best practices for achieving change where needed. Status of Women Canada's work is currently focused in three priority areas: women's economic security and prosperity, women in leadership and democratic participation, and ending violence against women.
The issues that affect women are as diverse as the circumstances in which they live and can seldom be viewed in isolation. For this reason, Status of Women Canada promotes an awareness of the combined impact, or intersectionality, of a variety of factors in women's lives such as age, place of residence, economic status, level of education, immigration status, and whether they are Aboriginal, among other factors.
To fulfill its strategic policy role, Status of Women Canada collaborates with federal, provincial, territorial and international organizations, and with the non-profit, voluntary, academic and private sectors. Partnerships foster information exchange and collaborative interventions in the pursuit of equality for women.
Status of Women Canada promotes the Government of Canada equality objectives for women in domestic as well as international fora, including the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Through our participation, reporting of progress to fulfill obligations, and provision of strategic input to international agreements, Status of Women Canada helps to advance Canada's international reputation and ability to protect women's human rights around the world.By influencing the development of government policy, by analyzing its impacts on Canadians, and by providing expert advice and support to its many partners, Status of Women Canada is helping to advance the full participation of women.
Gender-based analysis (GBA) is the process of examining a policy/program or initiative for its impacts on women and men in all their diversity. It provides a snapshot in time, capturing the realities of women and men affected by a particular issue. Through systematic use of GBA, policy analysts, researchers, program officers, service providers, evaluators and decision-makers alike are able to improve their work by being more responsive to the specific needs and circumstances of, and attaining better results for Canadians.The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening the integration of GBA across the federal family by making the practice systematic, clear and documented. GBA is a shared responsibility across all federal departments and agencies. Status of Women Canada leads the process of implementing GBA by helping organizations build their capacity, supporting their efforts to create a GBA framework and by developing and delivering training, tools, case studies and other public awareness materials. For more information about GBA, please visit the Gender-based Analysis and Strategic Policy section.
Status of Women Canada promotes commemorative dates aimed at raising Canadian's awareness of milestones in the history of women.
The theme for each commemorative date is posted on our Web site. The commemorative dates are: International Women's Day (March 8), Women's History Month (October), the International Day of the Girl (October 11), Persons Day (October 18) and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (December 6).
Status of Women Canada does not provide funding for organizations to hold events related to commemorative dates. However, if you feel your event or initiative meets the Women's Program Funding Guidelines, you may wish to contact our Women's Program directorate.
March 8 is International Women's Day. International Women's Week begins on the Sunday before March 8 and ends on the Saturday that follows. If March 8 is a Sunday, the week begins on March 8. If March 8 is a Saturday, the week ends on March 8. You will find more information in our International Women's Day section.
Every October, Canada celebrates Women's History Month, with the highlight being Persons Day on October 18. The month of October was selected because of the historical significance of the "Persons Case" decision of 1929, which represents a landmark victory for Canadian women. Please visit the Women's History Month section for more information.
The United Nations has declared October 11, as the International Day of the Girl Child.
Canada has led the international community in adopting this day, along with the support of Plan Canada. This day will make a difference in the lives of girls and young women as citizens and as powerful voices of change in their families, their communities and their nations. For more information, please visit the section on the International Day of the Girl.
The "Persons Case" honours the five Alberta women whose determination led to a landmark victory in the struggle of Canadian women for equality. The Famous Five achieved not only the right for women to serve in the Senate, but they and their many contributions paved the way for women to participate in other aspects of public life. Status of Women Canada is responsible for annually administering the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case, in which five individuals and one youth are recognized for their contributions to the goal of equality for women. The ceremony is held in October on or around Persons Day (October 18). For more information about Persons Day, the Awards or how to nominate someone, please visit the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case section.
December 6, or the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women. For more information, please visit the section on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.