Did you know that there are over 19 million women and girls in Canada, representing about 50% of the total population, and of those over one million are self-employed women in Canada as of 2018, accounting for 37% of all self-employed persons?
Of those women, just 8.5% of the highest-paid positions in Canada’s top 100 listed companies are held by women, close to 1 in 4 (23%) women are immigrants, and almost 1 in 4 (23%) women belong to groups designated as visible minorities, with indigenous women and girls making up 5% of the total female population in Canada. With such a strong number of women in business, women currently earn approximately 76.8 cents on every dollar compared to men in similar full time positions, and female entrepreneurs earn approximately 58% less than their male counterparts.
The Women Empowerment Awards has been created to recognize and celebrate the diverse achievements of women in Canadian business, leadership, community service, and lifetime achievements. It is designed to empower women as key change makers in our community and support female entrepreneurs with their business and to help them advance in their careers.
We are firm believers that we rise by lifting others. The Women Empowerment Awards is a movement and platform for women to share their stories and experiences, to have their voices heard, to promote and motivate other women. We want to celebrate the women leaders and entrepreneurs who have made an outstanding impact in our society and empowered others to do the same.
Our mission is to elevate, educate and empower women who will not only inspire the next generation of strong leaders and key change makers, but provide a community for those currently leading.
We believe educated, empowered women and young girls are change agents. When women and girls are supported, they become advocates for their rights and the well-being of their communities, leading to equality and change. They build social capital for themselves and for future generations.
When more women ascend to leadership roles, they become role models and empower other women. More women leaders will also influence the high-level decision-making that will pave the way to gender equality.