What is gender equity?
Gender equity is about removing barriers that stop people from reaching their full potential. Too often, women and gender diverse people experience unfairness. This is especially true when they also struggle with injustices like poverty, racism, ableism and/or homophobia.
When all British Columbians – regardless of their gender, race, class, sexual orientation or ability – can reach their full potential, our communities and economy are stronger, better places for everyone.
Gender Equity Office
The Gender Equity Office is working across government to:
- Make sure government’s commitment to gender equality is included in budgets, policies and programs
- Act as the government’s contact with:
- feminist and women’s organizations, and
- other organizations concerned with gender equality and the advancement of women
- Coordinate cross-ministerial action on gender issues, including:
- gendered violence
- advancing gender equality
- women’s economic empowerment
- Track progress on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Promote gender equity and leadership at senior levels in both the private and public sector
In 2019, B.C. served as co-chair for the National Forum on the Status of Women. After close to two decades without any significant presence at this table, B.C. is proud to once again have a seat and take a leadership role in identifying priorities to advance gender equality across Canada.
In November 2020, Grace Lore (PDF) was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, reporting to the Minister of Finance.
- Analysis for Equity and Fairness is a part of BC Budget 2019's Budget and Fiscal Plan (PDF, 2.5MB)
- Gender Equity Status Update (PDF)
Gender equity means all people are treated fairly and have the same opportunities.
Building an inclusive B.C.
Everyone has equal access to opportunities and services that are inclusive and respectful of all genders and sexual orientations.
United Way’s Period Promise
Making sure people in need have easy access to menstrual products can reduce vulnerability and isolation caused by period poverty.
International Women's Day
Find inspiration from a collection of personal journeys and advice from leaders across B.C.