Equality between women and men or gender equality includes:
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.
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.