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Gender Equality in BC? Announcing the 2018 WE FOR SHE Call to Action

Contributed by Women’s Enterprise Centre BC

Gender equality is a hot topic and it’s inspiring to know that the BC business community is leading the country in collaborating to help achieve it here – while also equipping and encouraging youth to explore their career options.

Now in its fifth year, the WE FOR SHE movement has touched thousands of people across BC, sharing issues and best practices relating to advancing women in corporations, as entrepreneurs and in emerging industries and fields.  In November 2017, almost 1500 business leaders and students came together to discuss and update their top five strategies and commitments to work towards gender equality in BC. The event featured action-oriented dialogue, inspirational speakers, workshops and panels.

The new ‘made-in-BC’ plan, the WE FOR SHE 2018 Call to Action, was just released.  It focuses on do-able strategies to enable corporations, government and individuals to help move the dial on gender equality in BC.

Gender equality is a complex topic that includes many issues –pay parity, leadership norms, gender roles at home and in society, stereotypes, unconscious bias, safety and the list goes on.

Picture of Call to Action DocumentThe Call to Action contains five main priorities, with detailed steps and initiatives for each. The 2018 priorities are to:

  1. Activate Men
  2. Champion Women
  3. Promote & Advocate Diversity
  4. Create Positive Mindsets
  5. Measure Progress

You can download the Call to Action, along with the summary from the November 2017 event at weforshe.ca/TakeAction. The document includes a poster that points out what the gender gap in BC looks like and why this topic is important, and the resources section provides many ideas on how to implement programs in your own organization to help create more diversity and inclusion.

Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) in BC has been a key part of the WE FOR SHE movement since the first BC Economic Forum in 2014. Four years later, WEC is an organizing partner of the annual event, together with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT), with support from the Province of BC. WEC is the lead in documenting the outcomes and creating the Calls to Action.

Are you ready to take action? Check out weforshe.ca/TakeAction to download the Call to Action and access helpful tools from the international diversity and inclusion movement.