What are the fundamental rights in Canada

North America, Canada: The struggle for fundamental rights is not over yet

In Canada, the unequal treatment of women and men is prohibited by the human rights law in force there. Women must be given the same opportunities and opportunities in the labor market and they must be paid the same wages as men for the same work. In the United States, Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is followed on these issues: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."

The World Economic Forum has observed the gender gap at the global level for the past 10 years and has collected data for 145 countries on the extent to which women can participate in the fields of business, education, health and politics. There have been positive developments here since 2006. However, in Canada and the United States, the gender pay gap persists and women remain underrepresented through limited access to leadership positions in politics, the public sector and business.

Despite all the joy about the progress made so far, progress in itself is not enough to create all-round satisfaction. Rather, progress feeds the desire for more extensive changes. Women still cannot develop their full potential and many talents are left idle. According to the 2015 Global Gender Gap Report, which analyzes gender equality, women in the United States and Canada have the same level of education and health as men, yet they hold only a fraction of the top positions in politics and business. Why are qualified and competent women so seldom given the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills?

In the struggle for equality, we are all asked to do everything in our respective sphere of influence to close the gap between the sexes. Jesus gave us the key to this in his commandment "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:31). The talents that God has given us all must not be spilled and left idle, we must use them and develop our full potential. In this way, a struggle for freedom and equality becomes a fruitful togetherness in the realization of our goals.

(Reference: The Global Gender Gap Report 2015. (n.d.). Accessed January 27, 2016 at http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2015/)

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