Ministry of Status of Women
Leads the Government’s work to increase gender equality in Alberta.
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Status of Women Community Grant ProgramNot-for-profit and charitable organizations can apply for funding for projects that improve the lives of women and girls in Alberta.
Works with ministries to make sure policies, programs and legislation reflect gender and other identity factors. It helps to increase gender equality by supporting ministries to:
- focus on initiatives that lead women out of lower-income situations or poverty, like increasing minimum wage and addressing the gender wage gap
- reduce barriers that keep women from leadership positions or running for office
- eliminate and prevent violence against women and girls, in all its forms
The ministry includes one division and one supporting branch.
How we're organized
Gender Policy, Strategy and Innovation Division
Led by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Gender Policy, Strategy and Innovation, this division focuses on the 3 priorities of the ministry’s mandate.
Key responsibilities include:
- Helping more women have stable income and move out of the lower end of the pay scale
- Working across government on plans to reduce poverty
- Coordinating Alberta’s cross-government work to prevent and address sexual violence
- Supporting Indigenous relations with Canada's inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
- Leading Alberta’s efforts to meet national and international reporting on gender equality targets
Gender Equality and Advancement Division
Led by the Executive Director of Gender Equality and Advancement, this branch develops knowledge and understanding of the issues Alberta women and girls face. It also helps to improve decision-making, so the Government of Alberta can address these issues.
Key responsibilities include:
- Training Government of Alberta staff to use Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) for major strategies, and to monitor and evaluate its use
- Developing and implementing the Status of Women Community Grant Program
- Making sure the Government of Alberta has access to data that is broken down by gender and other identity factors
- Working with researchers and analysts to be sure they create and share reliable information about the issues women and girls face. This information can help us see emerging issues. It can also help shape policies and show our progress to improve the status of women and girls.
- Building relationships between community organizations, private sector corporations and government Ministries to better support the community
- Connecting stakeholders with each other to share information, knowledge and best practices.
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Honourable Stephanie McLean
Stephanie McLean was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the Member for the constituency of Calgary-Varsity on May 5, 2015. On February 2, 2016, Ms. McLean was appointed Minister of Service Alberta and Minister of Status of Women.