MONTREAL, June 9, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – This morning, the Fondation de Greater Montreal (FGM) released the 2022 edition of its Vital signs of Greater Montreal series of reports, which focuses on the situation of women and girls in the metropolitan area. The report explores three key issues: violence against women, their mental health, as well as their working conditions and their integration into the workplace. It also looks at the differentiated situations experienced by members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, Indigenous, immigrant and racialized women, young or adolescent girls, older women, single mothers, women living with disabilities or experiencing homelessness. . Here are some examples:
- In Montreal in 2017, more than 18% of women lived with a disability.
- In Quebec in 2017, one in five Indigenous women had thought about suicide in her lifetime.
- In Montreal in 2021, more than one in five women in a relationship declare that their partner has engaged in violent behavior.
- In 2020, poverty affected nearly 11% of women in Greater Montrealcompared to about 8% of men.
“This is the first time a study has taken a 360-degree view of many of the issues facing women and girls in Greater Montreal. Unsurprisingly, we see that there is still a long way to go before we get to sex and gender equality. The good news is that we are seeing the emergence of powerful and inspiring female leadership who can lead the way. These women are tackling issues head-on and we are here to support them,” says Karel MayrandPresident and CEO of the FGM.
It is precisely to support community organizations that help women and girls that the FGM launched, last fall, the Montreal Women’s Impact Collective Fund (WIM Fund), which allows a circle of women donors and volunteers to engage in a process of long-term improvement of women’s living conditions through philanthropy.
In addition to having compiled the available statistical data, the contributors to the Institut du Québec report have included testimonials and observations from stakeholders who work alongside women and girls within these organizations. Their contributions contribute to giving a more accurate portrait of the various realities experienced by women living in Greater Montreal.
“There has been progress, especially in terms of their participation in the labor market, but too many women still face multiple obstacles that prevent them from thriving,” explains Mia Homsy, President and CEO of the Institut du Québec. “Our findings on domestic and sexual violence, in particular, are very troubling. And, yes, Montreal women’s mental health is somewhat better overall than their counterparts in the rest of the world Canadabut all in all, there’s not much to cheer about.”
The highlights and the full report are available free of charge on the Foundation of Greater Montreal’s website.
“We want this Vital signs to be a lever and a driving force for all the players in our community. We call everyone, through Greater Montreal, to recommit to promoting gender and gender justice and equity. Our community has a duty to do better,” concludes Karel Mayrand.
The Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM) serves and listens to its community. Together with its partners, it mobilizes philanthropic resources, disseminates knowledge, sparks new initiatives and supports the community, with a view to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by Greater Montreal. The FGM aspires to the development of a community free from poverty and discrimination, where everyone can realize their potential and live in a healthy environment, today and tomorrow. Website: fgmtl.org
About the Institute of Quebec
The Institut du Québec is a non-profit organization that focuses its research and studies on the current socio-economic issues of Quebec. It aims to provide public bodies and the private sector with the tools they need to make informed decisions and thus contribute to building a more dynamic, competitive and prosperous society. Website: institutduquebec.ca
SOURCE Foundation of Greater Montreal
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