HIPC recognizes International Women’s Day
Around the world, people celebrate International Women's Day on March 8. The day is not specific to any country, group or organization - IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. This day celebrates the many achievements of woman, and it also serves as a reminder that gender parity has not been achieved.
More than half of Canada’s population is made up of women, but overall women continue to be underemployed and undervalued in workplaces. Immigrant women are especially likely to be underemployed.
It is time to remedy this situation. As an article in today’s Globe and Mail points out, 21% of all Canadian women and girls are immigrants, growing to 30% or more within the next decade. Immigrant women in Canada are much more likely to hold a university degree than are women born in Canada, yet female newcomers with university degrees earn on average half of their Canadian-born counterparts. This is not a new phenomenon.
Evidence shows that diverse workplaces lead their sectors in terms of profits, yet employers continue to struggle with increasing diversity in hiring. Whether due to undue emphasis on Canadian experience or simply lack of awareness of the skills that newcomers bring, this translates into a “lose-lose” situation for employers and newcomers.
HIPC has identified employment as a priority this year. We hope to raise awareness locally that immigrant women have much to offer.
In the meantime, we will celebrate the many accomplishments and improvements made by women around the world. Happy International Women’s Day!