OTTAWA (ON), May 12, 2022 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is strongly committed to achieving gender equality. It is essential to recognize the contributions of the people who play a key role in this effort, as their work can inspire others to make a difference in our country and in the world.

The Honorable Marci Ien, Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, calls for nominations for the 2022 Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. These awards recognize Canadians, including young people, who have made outstanding contributions to advancing gender equality.

Gender equality depends on the ability for all, regardless of gender, to participate fully in democratic and public life, to achieve economic security and to live free from violence. Last year’s recipients Monique Aubry Frize, Caitlin Salvino, Carina Gabrielle and Bailey Greenspon are all pioneers in their respective fields, and their continued work has shaped Canada for the best.

Although applications are accepted year-round, the application deadline for the 2022 awards is July 1, 2022. Get inspired by past recipients and view the nomination guidelines on the Women and Gender Equality Canada website.

Fast facts

  • The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case mark the day in 1929 when the historic decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons” was made by from Canada Supreme Court of Appeal; this landmark victory gave women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for increased participation of women in public and political life.
  • The video titled “Women. Are. People.” describes the Famous Five and the Persons Case, which paved the way for women to participate more fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
  • More than 200 people from coast to coast have received the award since 1979.

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For further information: Johise Namwira, Press Officer, Office of the Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth, 873-353-0985, [email protected]; Media Relations: Women and Gender Equality Canada, 819-420-6530, [email protected]