Closing the gender gap

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is: equality for women is progress for all. Really? Doesn’t it boggle the mind in 2014 that this needs to be reiterated?

UN Photo: Albert González Farran
A community volunteer, centre, delivers corn-soya blend to a woman at a food distribution centre in an internally displaced persons camp in North Darfur, Sudan.
Gillian Barth
Published: Wednesday, 03/05/2014 6:33 pm EST

Here we are again, one year older and wiser, but still so far away from global gender equality. In fact, even in Canada, based on certain figures, we seem to have collectively allowed ourselves a lot of room for improvement: women’s representation in our House of Commons today stands at 25 per cent. Canadian women don’t yet occupy 20 per cent of top executive positions. Depending on how we measure it, the income gap between Canadian men and women hovers around 20 per cent.

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