Every year, West Coast LEAF grades BC on how it’s meeting its international obligations on women’s rights. Every year, for the most part, LEAF has found progress lacking. So, how is BC measuring up on women’s equality in 2016? Unfortunately, not a lot has changed.
“This year’s Report Card is primarily a story of inaction. While BC has made small improvements in some areas this year, progress remains piecemeal and the Province’s overall action to remedy discrimination against women remains inadequate. As in past years, many women do not have adequate access to secure housing, they continue to be more economically insecure than men, they remain unable to enforce their legal rights because of insufficient legal aid, and BC’s child care crisis continues to result in human rights violations.”
The Report Card grades BC’s progress in nine key areas in women’s rights, including access to justice, economic security, affordable housing and child care, and women’s health and safety. BC’s actions and inactions are assessed against the obligations set out in the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the international bill of rights for women.