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Gender Equality Mainstreaming Digest – February 2020 Issue

Here are the highlights of this month’s Gender Equality Mainstreaming Digest! Click HERE for the full version.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights at winter’s dawn, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Photo courtesy of D. Ceplis.


Opportunities and Upcoming Events:

Nominations for Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture

After February 10

We created IWCA to help identify and promote women across the diverse agriculture industry. Women are actively farming, providing animal health and nutrition services to farming operations, or leading sales, agronomy, research and marketing teams more than ever before. Our goal is to spotlight six influential and innovative women, sharing their stories, achievements, challenges and wisdom with the industry through our agricultural brands.

Watch for the Call for Nomination in Top Crop Manager East & West, Potatoes in Canada, Canadian Poultry, Manure Manager, Fruit & Vegetable. FEBRUARY 10 – MARCH 27, 2020

Project InSight

The InSight Project is a 360° video cylinder installation touring schools and libraries across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Through 360° video and interactive workshops, InSight brings stories of global development to life for over 50,000 youth and members of the public. Three unique workshops provide InSight audiences the opportunity to learn about the unique challenges women and girls face across the globe through developing empathy and understanding in becoming global citizens.

The first leg of InSight’s journey will take place in Alberta. The current workshop schedule is listed.

February 3-14 – Calgary, AB | Calgary Central Public Library

February 17-21 – Red Deer, AB | Venue TBA

March 2-5 – Lethbridge, AB | Venue TBA

March 10-21 – Edmonton | Historic McKay Avenue School Archives & Museum

This Month’s News:

Gender earnings gap starts upon graduation and widens quickly, says report

Report and Executive Summary at

Canada’s gender earnings gap starts immediately after postsecondary graduation and widens notably in the first five years in the work force as men out-earn women, a new report finds.

The Labour Market Information Council (LMIC) partnered with the Education Policy Research Institute (EPRI) to provide in-depth evidence on the labour market earnings of PSE graduates. In general, Canadian post-secondary graduates are doing well. The two most noteworthy findings concern earnings differentials: one between men and women in Canada while the other is between Canadian graduates and international student graduates who stayed in Canada to work. Explore the findings in more detail through the various reports, tools and data we have prepared. Note the interactive dashboard where you can select the category “Agriculture, Natural resources and Conservation” among others.

Celebrating Women in Agriculture honouree

BMO and Canadian Western Agribition have named Sherri Grant as the BMO Celebrating Women in Agriculture honouree. Grant and her husband ranch near Val Marie, Sask. Grant has written a children’s book titled “Where Beef Comes From”, developed an educational website ( and leads the beef component of Agribition’s ag education program. Grant also raises awareness around grasslands preservation and species at risk.

Climbing broken ladders: Women aspiring to non-profit leadership

Women make up the majority of the non-profit workforce at all levels, including leadership roles. So on the surface, it might seem like non-profits have gender equality figured out.

Though women are visible and prominent in non-profits, those who aspire to leadership – especially racialized and immigrant women, Indigenous women, and women living with disabilities – continue to face a wide range of barriers.

In this article, we asked the experts to weigh in on the challenges women who aspire to lead non-profits face, how they can climb the, often broken, leadership ladders, and what non-profits can do to fix the rungs.

Reports Publications and Resources:

Special Issue on Gender Equality in Climate-Smart Agriculture: Approaches and Opportunities

The articles in this issue grapple with how climate-resilient approaches including climate-smart agriculture (CSA) can more effectively promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. This issue attempts to begin to answer the questions of what are the key issues, gaps, and constraints relating to gender equality in CSA? How can women be empowered to use CSA to improve the food security and resilience of their households and communities? At the same time, it is understood that gender equality may be a process rather than an immediate result (Gutierrez et al. in this issue).

Articles in this issue address CSA questions in two ways, by (1) analyzing the status of women and gender equality in relation to climate change and agriculture and (2) presenting methods and indicators to better understand the potential of CSA for increasing gender equality in the context of climate change.

YouTube: Climate Change, Agriculture, and Gender

What role does gender diversity play in climate change? The Climate Atlas of Canada presents Dr. Amber Fletcher who grew up on a farm and has a strong appreciation for farmer knowledge and the importance of rural environments and communities. Now, as an academic at University of Regina, she studies how farmers are seeing and feeling the impacts of climate change in their fields and daily lives. She’s interested in the critical contributions that women make to farm life, especially during climate extremes such as floods and droughts.

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