National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women submit brief to FEWO

Improving Women’s Economic Security in Canada: Provincial and Territorial Perspectives Submission to FEWO from the Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women

“When women do well, everyone does better,” said Madeleine Kunin, making a simple truism out of the complex conclusions of the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and the United Nations. However, women’s economic security and economic empowerment are not only “smart economics,” but are fundamental human rights, and governments have a responsibility for ensuring these rights. This submission will include recommendations to diminish high incidences of poverty among women in Canada. According to Canadian women’s organizations, the key to addressing economic inequality is investment in social infrastructure. Women who are moving out of poverty consistently identify the need for similar wraparound supports to enable them to pursue education, training, and work. These are especially necessary for those wishing to enter new fields of work, including fields where women are, or traditionally have been, under-represented; and to access part-time and precarious work…Submission to Standing Committee on the Status of Women