2018/19 Action Plan & Event Summary

WE FOR SHE is proud to present our new priorities for 2019.

We encourage you to find your own role in this collective movement by sharing the WE FOR SHE 2019 Action Plan with your network.

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*Sources for stats included in the 2019 Action Plan can be found below.

2017/18 Call to Action & Event Summary

WE FOR SHE is pleased to present “Stepping it up for Gender Equality: 2018 Call to Action,” which reports on our collective progress toward gender equality so far, summarizes the input from the table discussions and polls at WE FOR SHE 2017, and outlines what you can do next.

It includes the 2018 WE FOR SHE BC Action Plan, which prioritizes five key strategies that can create the strongest impact in our province.

This document is a collaboration of BC youth, business owners, professionals, senior leaders and government that focuses on the strategies that will create change in BC.

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Reports from Previous Years


Below you can browse helpful resources, research and tools for you to:

Take action in your life. We each have the power to create change. As individuals, women can educate themselves, improve their mindset and step up as leaders. As a culture, we need to challenge the status quo and normalize equality in leadership roles, in pay and at home.

Take action in your organization. Businesses of any size can lead the way for inclusion. Your corporate culture, HR practices, procurement policies and even your marketing can be used to show your commitment to gender diversity and pave the way for change



  • The latest Women Matter report from McKinsey and Company. Click here.
  • Women in the Workplace 2016 is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to give companies the information they need to promote female leadership and foster gender equality in the workplace.
  • You can find finance anywhere – Cheryl Yue, Lululemon. 


Engineers Canada 30 by 30
The 30 by 30 initiative aims to increase the percentage of women engineers to 30% by 2030 (BC is currently at 17%). The website shares tips for improving employee retention and advancing women in engineering.

EY Diversity and Inclusiveness
In 2017, EY was ranked #1 for Diversity and Inclusiveness by DiversityInc. Their D&I website includes articles on trending topics, videos of leaders’ perspectives on inclusion and a roadmap for success.

HeForShe by UN Women
This solidarity movement engages men in the movement toward gender equality. The website includes motivational videos and Action Kits for individuals, organizations and students with ideas for how they can get involved. Check out the HE FOR SHE Parity Report, which shares case studies of organizations working towards gender parity.

HSBC Diversity and Inclusion Program
HSBC has made diversity and inclusion part of their corporate culture. In 2016, they continued to have a gender-balanced board and 60% of their senior leadership were women. Check out HSBC’s 2016 Employment Equity Narrative Report, which shares some of their diversity policies and practices.

PwC Diversity and Inclusion
PwC is a champion for diversity and inclusion and they offer specific supports for women. They are a UN Women HeforShe Corporate Impact Champion and maintain The Gender Agenda Blog. They share their struggles and successes as they work to increase gender diversity and create an inclusive corporate culture in their latest report, The PwC Diversity Journey.

Microsoft Global Diversity and Inclusion
Microsoft focuses on their people, culture and customers to make gains in diversity. Their extensive diversity and inclusion website includes training resources, success stories and business cases.

Supplier Diversity at RBC
RBC believes that supplier diversity adds value to its supply chain. They provide equal access to procurement opportunities to groups that are under-represented. The RBC website shares the rationale for a supplier diversity program, eligibility and what they measure.

UN Women
UN Women is part of the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women around the world. Their website includes stories, information and resources addressing all issues that affect women’s global equality.

World Economic Forum Interactive Tool: Mapping Global Transformations, Gender Parity
This interactive tool allows users to navigate through the various issues surrounding gender parity and see an up-to-date feed of worldwide articles, research and best practices from world leaders on the topic.

For more diversity leaders, check out the 2017 Diversity Inc List of Top 50 Companies for Diversity

Sources for stats included in the 2019 Action Plan: 

    • Women comprise 55.7% of post-secondary graduates (Statistics Canada, 2015), yet they get paid 22.6% less than men (The Conference Board of Canada, 2017).
    • Women represent 47% of the workforce (WEB Alliance, 2015), yet they only make up make up 3% of trades (WorkBC, 2017), 20% of tech (WorkBC, 2017) and 5.3% of CEOs (WEB Alliance, 2015).
    • Women own 37% of small businesses in the province, yet they receive less than 4% of venture capital (WEB Alliance, 2015).
    • Women hold 22% of the available Top 50 company board seats in BC (Minerva BC, 2018).
    • There are more Fortune 500 CEOs named James than all female CEOs (The New York Times, 2018).