TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women recognize that by working in a spirit of collaboration, they have an opportunity to help advance gender equality across Canada.
Today marked the conclusion of the 35th annual meeting of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women. Over the past two days, the Ministers met in Toronto and worked collaboratively to advance the key priorities affecting women and girls in Canada.
The Ministers had the opportunity to discuss many issues of importance, including the low reporting rates of sexual assaults across Canada. Ministers recognized the efforts taken by law enforcement and community groups to find ways of working together to better support survivors of sexual violence. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Waterloo Regional Police, representing the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia were invited to present on best practices for supporting survivors to report sexual assault. The RCMP is committed to working with interested jurisdictions and communities to explore expanding third party reporting. Third party reporting is a process where a survivor may anonymously report a sexual assault through a community-based organization. The Government of Canada also shared details on It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence and a proposed survey on gender-based violence. Ministers will continue to monitor trends in supporting survivors of sexual violence.
Ministers discussed some key priorities that this Forum has undertaken over the last year. This included research to close the gender wage gap, and promising practices to applying Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). Ontario presented their provincial approach to women's economic empowerment. In the same context, Ministers also agreed to further explore various models of parental leave and the impact of quotas or targets for women in leadership.
During a separate pre-meeting, for the first time, Ministers held discussions with National Indigenous leaders and representatives: the Assembly of First Nations, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Métis National Council, Native Women's Association of Canada, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Women of the Métis Nation. The discussions provided an opportunity to constructively address some of the most important issues facing First Nations, Métis and Inuit women.
At the conclusion of their meeting, Ministers agreed to work together to address their shared challenges and help advance gender equality from coast to coast to coast.
"We cannot make meaningful advancements toward gender equality without leveraging a diversity of perspectives. That's why it was so important to gather together with my provincial and territorial colleagues for the first time and I thank Ontario for co-chairing this meeting. The Government of Canada is firmly committed to working in partnership to advance the key priorities affecting women and girls to help build a better Canada, and I look forward to continued progress on many important issues."
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women
"As Ontario's first Minister of the Status of Women, it was an honour to co-host my dedicated colleagues from across Canada. We discussed a number of important issues from advancing women's economic empowerment to preventing violence against women. Our society has made remarkable strides towards recognizing women's rights and achieving gender equality, but there's more work to do. This important meeting established the foundation for all of us to work together to ensure women and girls in Canada feel safe, supported and empowered."
The Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris
Minister of Status of Women and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care
- This week's meeting of FPT Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women was co-chaired by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, federal Minister of Status of Women, and the Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario Minister of the Status of Women and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care.
- FPT Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women meet annually to share information, exchange best practices and explore issues that affect Canadian women and girls. They also discuss options for mutually-beneficial collaboration to support improved social and economic prosperity for women and girls and to prevent and address violence and abuse against women and girls.
- The next annual meeting of the FPT Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women will be hosted by Yukon in fall 2018.
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
For further information: Célia Canon, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Status of Women, 613-862-3270; Léonie Roux, Public Affairs Officer, Status of Women Canada, 819-420-6821; Victoria Stacey, Communications Advisor, Office of the Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, 416-325-3754; Denelle Balfour, Media Relations Officer, Ministry of the Status of Women, 416-326-1724