In Canada, the average annual earnings of a woman is only 68.5% of a man’s. The
gap becomes even larger for women with disabilities, women of colour, and
Aboriginal women. Factors include: lack of access to affordable child care,
preventing women from working full-time; lack of access to collective
bargaining, as women tend not to be in union type jobs; and the segregation of
women into part-time and lower-paid jobs. But even women in high-level,
high-paid jobs tend to be paid less than their male counterparts.
What you can do:
The Equal Pay Coalition has a campaign to advocate for equal pay. For
more information or to get involved, go to equalpaycoalition.org.
Women and Mental Health – Day 7 – December 1
Mental health has a particular impact on women and girls, as a result of a variety of socioeconomic factors including gender-based violence, socioeconomic disadvantages, income inequality, and the fact that women are predominantly responsible not only for their own care but for the care of their families as well. PTSD arising from sexual violence
experiences is also a contributing factor in making women susceptible to mental
health issues. Women with mental health issues are also four times more likely
to get into, or remain in, abusive relationships than women without mental
health issues, leading to a vicious cycle.
What you can do: get involved with or donate to organizations that provide resources for women and girls dealing with mental health issues, such as Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis (http://www.gwwomenincrisis.org/).