Women’s Equality and Advancement

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 by millions of people around the world. It’s a time to reflect on the great achievements of women and the work that still needs to done to achieve equality. The 2015 theme in Canada is Strong Women. Strong World. Improving Economic Opportunities for All.

Social Limitations for Women and Girls infographic

Women on Boards

There is growing recognition that the representation of women in corporate leadership not only improves economic outcomes for women, but is critical to the growth and competitiveness of our economy. Yet, women’s representation on corporate boards currently sits at 14.5 per cent in Canada.

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women released a booklet, The Business Case for Women on Boards that presents evidence for the benefits to companies, women, the economy and society when women’s leadership is increased. Produced in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada, the booklet offers tips and advice to companies seeking to increase women’s representation on their boards of directors.

For more information on women’s equality and advancement in Alberta:

Have a question or comment on women’s equality and advancement? Let us know. Call or write to:

Women’s Equality and Advancement
Alberta Human Services
Suite 339, Sterling Place
9940-106 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 2N2

Phone: 780‑422‑5916 (Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Fax: 780‑427‑2039
For toll-free access in Alberta, dial 310‑0000

The ministry of Human Services is responsible for women’s issues. The ministry provides advice and information to the Minister and to other Alberta government departments; undertakes joint projects with other government departments, and with similar agencies in other jurisdictions; and promotes public and government awareness of issues of concern to women.


  • Women’s Organizations of Alberta (WOA) Directory
    The WOA Directory lists Alberta organizations providing services and programs for women.
  • Alberta Labour Force Profiles – Women 2012
  • Important Days of the Year
    There are a number of special awareness dates that are of particular significance to women and provide an opportunity for all Albertans to learn about women’s equality, statistics, struggles and achievements and gain awareness on women’s issues.
  • Violence Against Women
    Measuring Violence Against Women report summarizes what is currently known about violence against women in Canada, and highlights areas where further research and data collection is needed.
  • Aboriginal Women and Violence
    Violence against women in Canada continues to be a critical issue, which can be compounded for Aboriginal women. It is important to understand Aboriginal women’s experiences of abuse, to better understand the extent of violence against Aboriginal women and the context in which it occurs.
  • An Exploration of Promising Practices in Response to Human Trafficking in Canada
    This report was commissioned by the Government of Manitoba on behalf of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial forum of senior officials responsible for the Status of Women committee. Its purpose is to identify practices that can help the efforts of Canadian organizations to prevent human trafficking and support those affected by it.
  • Persons Case Scholarship
    The Persons Case Scholarships are intended for students whose studies will ultimately contribute to the advancement of women, or who are studying in fields where members of their gender are traditionally few in number.
    From the Government of Canada – Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
  • Status of Women Canada
    A federal government organization that supports women participation in all aspects of life whether that be economic, social and/or democratic. They’re launching a Call for Proposals for projects that open doors for economic opportunity for women. Apply by May 31, 2013.
Modified: 2015-03-06
PID: 14870