2011-2015 Government Action Plan on Gender Equality
The 2011-2015 Government Action Plan on Gender Equality stems from the 2006 policy for gender equality entitled Turning Equality in Law into Equality in Fact. The Plan includes 26 ministries and organizations, as well as nine collaborating ministries and organizations and 102 actions that fall under seven broad guidelines. Half of those guidelines are in keeping with the previous 2007 action plan, while the other half are new. The Secretariat a la condition feminine (SCF) is responsible for coordinating follow-up on the implementation of the policy and action plan.
The purpose of this plan is notably to promote egalitarian models and behaviour, to move towards achieving gender equality in the economic arena as well as greater participation by women in decision-making bodies and gender equality in all areas, based on their specific circumstances.
The 2011-2015 Action Plan on Gender-based Analysis (link available in French only) is used as a governing instrument. The objective of gender-based analysis is to integrate gender equality concerns into their ways of doing things and decisions made by government authorities.
Several measures included in the 2011-2015 Governmental Action Plan are directly or indirectly related to culture. The following are examples of some of the measures:
- Measure 4: Make a directory of cultural-educational resources free of sexual and sexist stereotypes available to specialists and resource persons: the purpose of this measure is to ensure that the Repertoire de ressources culture-education offers young people in elementary and secondary school cultural activities that are free of sexual or sexist stereotypes.
- Measure 17: Annually disseminate a cultural piece for creators to promote equal models and behaviour: the purpose of this measure is to encourage artists from various sectors to create a work of art to convey egalitarian behaviour and models and then disseminate those works of art throughout the population and to targeted groups of young people.
- Measure 89: Achieve parity among women and men on the boards of directors of state-owned enterprises and ensure that parity is maintained: the objective of this measure is to ensure compliance with the Act respecting the governance of state-owned enterprises, which set the deadline to achieve parity among men and women on boards of directors for all state-owned enterprises for December 14, 2011, and that also stipulated that this parity must be maintained from that date forward.
The following results were achieved for each of the measures. For full results, see the report on the Government Action Plan on Gender Equality (link available in French only).
- A gender-based analysis of cultural activities for young people in the Repertoire de ressources cultureeducation was carried out;
- A new evaluation criterion was introduced for artists' and writer's projects in order to offer activities free of sexual or sexist stereotypes;
- The jury took this criterion into consideration in their work.
- 17 pieces on the theme of gender equality were disseminated as part of the L'egalite a l'reuvre (link available in French only) competition, including 11 two-dimensional pieces, three short films and three songs.
- In 2012, of the 60 large corporations targeted by the strategy, women made up 18.8% of boards of directors, while in 2013, women represented 20.2% of those boards. Those corporations notably included the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec and Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec.