What is the Gender Equality Report Card?
The Gender Equality Report Card monitors BC’s compliance with provisions in international law that protect individuals against gender-based discrimination. With it, we aim to hold the BC government accountable to international human rights standards applicable to women and/or people who are marginalized based on their gender identity or expression. The report card will serve to educate the public on key gender equality issues in the province, what actions have been taken in the last year, and how international human rights law relates to our everyday lives in Canada.
The report card will assess the province’s performance across nine categories: access to justice; social assistance and poverty; housing; incarceration; child care; child protection; health care; employment; and gender-based violence, with a focus on missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people.
How is this different from the CEDAW Report Card?
For 10 years, West Coast LEAF published the CEDAW Report Card annually, grading the BC government on how well it has adhered to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) over the past year. CEDAW is a United Nations (UN) Convention that “defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.” As the UN CEDAW only reports on Canada every four years, the Report Card would monitor BC’s compliance to the Convention between reporting periods in order to hold the government accountable to both UN standards and BC women.
In 2018 we shifted our mandate from focusing only on women to one that includes all people who are disempowered and oppressed by patriarchy. The overarching project of our organization is to dismantle patriarchy – a project that we believe the women’s movement shares with trans activists. Our new mandate is to use the law to create an equal and just society for all women and people who experience gender-based discrimination in BC. Because of this, we have expanded the scope of our report card to include all individuals who experience gender-based discrimination.
Read more about our work relating to international law.
This fall we will assemble our report committee, with representatives from many sectors in British Columbia. Grades are based on the experiences of individuals impacted by gendered discrimination, and extensive research. Check back for future opportunities to become a volunteer researcher or other ways you can contribute to the project.