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 educates 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 assesses 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; rights of parents, children, and youth; economic security; and justice for people who are criminalized.
For the first time ever, the Report Card for 2019/2020 weaves in firsthand knowledge generously shared by members of three community organizations: PACE Society, Urban Native Youth Association, and the Coalition Against Trans Antagonism.
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 its adherence 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 with 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, including trans people of all genders (not only women), Two-Spirit people, people with non-binary gender identities, and gender non-conforming people. 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.
Free webinar on June 15. 2020
We are pleased to offer a free webinar summarizing the findings of the BC Gender Equality Report Card for 2019/2020 in partnership with Courthouse Libraries BC. The webinar will take place on Monday, June 15, 2020, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm Pacific Time. Lawyers may claim one hour of CPD credit for attending. Sign up for the webinar!
The Gender Equality Report Card is made possible by generous funding from: