What is the BC Government Report Card?
The BC Government 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 educate the public on key human rights and gender justice 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 BC.
The Report Card will assess the province’s performance in the six issue areas West Coast LEAF focuses on: access to justice, access to health care, freedom from gender-based violence, the right to parent, economic security, and justice for people who are criminalized or incarcerated.
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 Committee 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 focusing on all people who are marginalized based on their gender. 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.