by Morinville News Staff
Canada’s only stand-alone Ministry for the Status of Women laid out its long-term plan to improve gender equality.
The government says Alberta’s Status of Women Ministry will focus on increasing women’s economic security and increasing leadership and democratic participation. Additionally, the Ministry will work on decreasing violence against women and girls.
“We cannot build a stronger, more prosperous province if we leave women behind, said Premier Rachel Notley in a release Monday. “Our government promised to increase gender equality in Alberta, and we are keeping that promise. Working with the new Ministry of Status of Women, our government will include the voices of women in our policies, programs, and legislation. Our province will be richer as a result.”
The province says a 20 per cent revenue growth among women-led businesses would increase the province’s GDP by $2 billion a year.
Stephanie McLean, Alberta’s Minister of Status of Women, said women are building strong businesses, families, and communities across the province. “We are partnering with women and with ministries across government to increase economic resilience, promote women in leadership positions, and to help eliminate violence against women,” she said.
The news of the Ministry’s long-term plan comes a day before the United Nation’s International Day of Women.