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Ending global poverty begins with women’s rights

Make Women Count

Make Women Count

by Oxfam | March 4, 2016

Global economic growth is not leading to greater gender equality. This report looks at how women in Canada and around the world are affected by rising inequality. Women make up some of the poorest and lowest paid workers in the global economy.

Social inequality has become a perverse benefit in our upside down world – where the fact that women are paid less than men is good for profits. This paper makes recommendations for addressing the unequal economics of women’s work through gender-sensitive tax and social safety policies, public services that redistribute unpaid care, regulation and wage setting mechanisms, and initiatives that tackle the root causes of gender inequality.


  • Kate McInturff, Senior Researcher, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.   
  • Brittany Lambert, Women’s Rights Policy and Advocacy Specialist, Oxfam Canada.

About the Authors:

Kate McInturff is a Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Kate is an ongoing contributor to the Alternative Federal Budget and leads CCPA’s initiative on gender equality and public policy: Making Women Count. She received her doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia.

Brittany Lambert is a Women’s Rights Policy and Advocacy Specialist at Oxfam Canada. She leads the organization’s research and advocacy work on economic and gender inequality. Previously, she worked at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy. She has a Master’s degree from McGill University.


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Publication date: March 2016

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