The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity is a public commitment by Canadian employers, educators, unions and governments to promote the values of diversity and inclusion within their organizations.
In many occupations, women represent a much smaller component of the workforce than they should – and in many instances they continue to face barriers that limit their advancement, or indeed their desire to remain in the occupation of their choice. These barriers may include conscious or unconscious discrimination, a lack of female role models, and/or workplace culture and practices that erode an inclusive workplace. Integrating women into workplaces that employ skilled workers requires more than just opening the doors to female employees. Paradigm shifts require repeated focus and attention.
Few of us reach our goals without the support of others. Normalizing women in trades and technology careers will take industry and educational leadership and commitment, as well as individual ownership for change, to ensure our industry becomes truly reflective of the society that we live in.
There are two prominent ways to be involved and take action towards change, either as an Accord signatory or an Accord advocate. Both acknowledge that united action is required to ensure the support and advancement of women, along with equality and fairness for the entire workforce.