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Gender Equality Week

Annie Gale

September 23 to 29, 2018 is the first annual Gender Equality Week across Canada.

This year Calgary celebrates the 100th anniversary of the swearing in of Annie Gale to Calgary City Council. Please join us at the activities and displays taking place during the week.

Events and activities

"A Woman's Place" Archives' display

Walk through history and explore themes of women and their societal evolution in the late 19th century. Highlights include documentation and visuals of Annie Gale's election as the first women City Councilor in Canada, and the changing roles of women during World War I, II, and beyond.
Date: Monday, Sept. 24 to Friday, Oct. 19
Location: Atrium of the Municipal Building, 800 Macleod Trail SE.

Feminist walk

Join the Women’s Centre for their annual walk to uncover the HERstories of our neighbouring communities. This walk highlights the amazing women who have worked to make our communities stronger and discuss what still needs to be done.
Date: Monday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Starts from Women’s Centre of Calgary - 39, 4 Street NE. Please see the event page for details and to RSVP.

Lunchtime panel discussion: Celebration and Inspiration

Annie Gale firmly believed in a future that would see women equally represented with men on all government boards and councils. Listen in on a panel discussion featuring local leaders in the advancement of gender issues in Calgary and reflecting on work still to be done. Annie Gale's story and interests will help curate the accompanying resource fair.
Panel members include:
  • Michelle Robinson (Community Advocate and 2017 Municipal Councillor Candidate)
  • Alexa Briggs (Manager Policy and Research, CCVO)
  • Dr. Nancy Janovicek. (University of Calgary Associate Professor, History, and Founder/Chair Annie Gale Project)
  • Moderator: Sue Tomney, CEO YWCA
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber in the Municipal Building, 800 Macleod Trail SE.

Resource fair

A select group of Calgary nonprofit and community organizations will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their impactful work to advance gender equality through support to diverse women and gender diverse people in fully accessing political, economic, community, opportunities.
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Atrium of the Municipal Building, 800 Macleod Trail SE.

Current City of Calgary work related to gender issues

The City of Calgary is committed to advancing gender equity and diversity in the pursuit of equal opportunities and outcomes for all.

Diversity & Inclusion

At The City – we strive to create a culture of inclusion where everybody is able to do their best because they are valued and respected for their differing opinions, thoughts and ideas. To achieve this, we continually work on making our processes and practices more inclusive, fair, equitable and accessible for all. We identify and eliminate barriers for underrepresented groups and create a safe space for meaningful conversations about diversity, equity, accessibility, human rights and respect to take place. When we feel safe at work, both mentally and physically, we can focus on our common purpose; making life better every day for Calgarians.

Gender Equity and Diversity Strategy

A dedicated, organization-wide strategy is under development to advance equity for diverse groups of women, men and gender-diverse people. This strategy, to be completed in 2019, will encompass City services, City Boards, Commissions, Committees and Council, and The City’s workforce.

Gender-Based Analysis+ training for City staff

We know that people see the world through different lens formed by their own identity and experiences. City staff will be trained to recognize their own lens, and incorporate others, when making decisions that impact citizens. This training will be tested on a handful of existing City projects in late 2018 with potential for a full roll out should the pilot be successful in 2019.

Social Wellbeing Advisory Committee, Principles and Policy

In May 2018, Calgary City Council approved a set of Guiding Principles for Social Wellbeing which states that The City will:

  • strive to provide equitable services, including removing barriers to access and inclusion;
  • advance the shared and active process of Truth and Reconciliation in collaboration with the community;
  • seek opportunities to support and grow culture; and
  • aim to stop problems before they begin using a prevention approach.

These principles are intended to act as a foundation to inform how The City makes decisions and delivers services in a manner that meets the needs of all Calgarians, including women and gender-diverse people. In addition, The City of Calgary will establish a Social Wellbeing Advisory Committee in 2018 to provide advice on how The City can advance these principles in City services. In 2019, The City will also develop a Social Wellbeing Policy to guide the advancement of the principles.