(An earlier version of this piece appeared at www.hamiltonjustice.ca)
In the nineties, I was one of the Mayor’s representatives on a municipal committee that looked at the issue of violence against women. The Committee looked at some of the broader social conditions affecting women in our community. A report with recommendations was produced.
It goes without saying that this was a long time ago. So when some publications on the Gender Gap from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives came out last month I was interested. Has the Gender Gap closed?
Apparently not, based on the research of two writers.
The authors argue that “progress on ending violence against women in Canada is stalled by the absence of a coherent national policy and consistent information about the levels of that violence.”
Kate McInturff‘s In Closing Canada’s Gender Gap Year 2240 Here We Come! came out in April. The author looks at data from the World Economic Forum. That data measures the progress of the world’s nations in closing the gap between the participation of men and women in four areas: education, health, the economy, and politics. We do well in education and health; not so economic participation and opportunity.
The author argues that “the biggest drag on Canada’s score in this arena is its poor performance in increasing the percentage of women who make up our country’s legislators, senior officials,
100,000 On average each year the number of Canadians who reported experiencing sexual violence to
the police. (a)70 % of incidents of spousal violence never reported. (b)
83 % of victims of spousal violence who are female. ©
334 Combined cost in dollars per person per year of adult sexual assault and intimate
partner violence is in Canada. (d)
541 Estimated cost of smoking per person per year. (d)
2.77 Dollars per person in federal public spending to address violence against women in 2011-12 (d)
228 At the current rate of progress years that will be required to close Canada’s
gender gap i.e., inequality between men and women. (e)
25 % of federal Parliament constituencies represented by women. (f)
17 % of government caucus who are women. (f)
14.5 % of seats on corporate boards occupied by women in Canada. (g)
(a) Sinha, Maire (2013). Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends. Statistics Canada.
(b) Sinha, Maire (2012). Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile, 2010. Ottawa: Statistics Canada.
(c) Sinha, Maire ed. (2013). Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends. Statistics Canada.
(d) The Gap in the Gender Gap: Violence Against
Women in Canada
(e) Kate McInturff ‘s In Closing Canada’s Gender Gap Year 2240 Here We Come
(f) In McInturf from Members of Parliament (Current).” Parliament of Canada. http://www.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=Current&Language=E
(g) In McInturff 2011 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Board Directors. Toronto: Catalyst, 2012.
(h) In McInturff from Mackenzie, Hugh (2012). Canada’s CEO Elite 100. Toronto: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.