The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2019
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Gender Gap Index was created in 2014 to bring a local lens to the discussion of gender disparities across a range of areas related to basic rights. Modelled on established indicator frameworks such as the Global Gender Gap Index, our index asks if men and women in Canada’s 26 largest cities, cities with populations over 150,000, have relatively equal access to resources and opportunities fundamental to their well-being.
No single measure or index can hope to capture the complexity of women’s lives, reflect the uniqueness of each community or provide a definitive accounting of a city’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to gender equality. This report, by definition, does not address the conditions of women living in smaller communities, or rural or remote areas. And it does not address critical differences between women, such as Indigenous status, age or disability, that are vital to our understanding of women’s inequality and experience of discrimination.
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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice and is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.
Founded in 1980 the Centre produces original, independent, peer-reviewed, non-partisan research and analysis for policymakers, activists, and everyday Canadians to make informed decisions and press for social change.
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