Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equality, issued the following statement in recognition of Gender Equality Week:

“Today marks the start of Gender Equality Week. This year’s theme is equal rights, equal opportunities, which inspires us to continue working together to break down barriers and ensure all the right to live their full potential, without discrimination.

“It’s important to celebrate progress and remember the work that’s still going on to make sure everyone in BC, regardless of gender, is welcome and safe in every community and well supported. to achieve its goals.

“In my role as Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, I meet people across the province who are directly affected by barriers including discrimination, lack of services, violence and injustice.

“This is especially true for women, especially Indigenous and Black women, and women of color. Young people, transgender and non-binary people, as well as people with disabilities and those living in poverty, also face significant barriers that others simply do not face.

“Our government is committed to ensuring that all British Columbians can live in safety and dignity. That’s why we’re working across government and with community partners and organizations to develop an action plan to end gender-based violence. We also committed $22 million to restore stable funding for sexual assault support services. This ensures that we put people and survivors first. This work is well advanced. While we are making progress, we know there is still a long way to go to end this violence in British Columbia.

“We know wages and salaries can create barriers to fairness. That’s why we’re working to introduce pay transparency legislation in British Columbia, as well as advancing other initiatives that give people the best chance of having equal opportunities in the workplace.

“I invite all British Columbians to join in celebrating our province’s diversity and stay committed to inclusion and respect for all.

“Building a future where there is true equality – equal rights and equal opportunities – will see us all working towards the same goal with determination and conviction.”