Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Equality Between Women and Men


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  • Mind The Gap
    Interactive tool (UNESCO Institute for Statistics)

Stories from the field

Equality between women and men or gender equality includes:

  • promoting the equal participation of women and men in making decisions
  • supporting women and girls so that they can fully exercise their rights
  • reducing the gap between women's and men's access to and control of resources and the benefits of development

Gender equality is still out of reach for most women worldwide.

Women continue to have fewer rights, lower education and health status, less income, and less access to resources and decision-making than men. Nevertheless, women's critical roles in food production, income generation, management of natural resources, community organization and domestic responsibilities are essential for sustainable development.

A man and a woman weaving carpets © ACDI-CIDA/Roger LeMoyne
A man and a woman weaving carpets. Afghanistan.

If equitable and sustainable progress is to be achieved, women's status must be improved, their rights must be respected, and their contributions must be recognized.

The international community has made important commitments to women's rights and equality between women and men, including:

Canada has played an important role in advocating for and implementing these commitments, and launched an Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security in October 2010.

Canada has been a world leader in integrating gender equality analysis into its international development programs. Equality between women and men continues to be a crosscutting theme throughout Canada's programs. Gender equality results are systematically and explicitly integrated across all international development programs.