Members’ Statement: He4She Gender Pay Equity

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Kevin Murphy

Published by Order of the Legislature by Hansard Reporting Services and printed by the Queen’s Printer.

Available online at http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/hansard/

Second Session

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015

MR. JOACHIM STROINK: Mr. Speaker, last year the United Nations launched the HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement for gender equality. The campaign encourages men to join the fight for gender equality. I’ve been encouraging Nova Scotians to take the HeForShe pledge, a commitment to take real action to eliminate gender-based discrimination and violence.

Today is, in many jurisdictions, also Pay Equity Day. Currently, women in Canada earn about 80 per cent of what their male counterparts earn. As we work together in the fight for gender equality we must acknowledge the progress that has been made but we must also remember there is still lots of work to be done. Every Canadian province has some form of pay equity legislation but women still earn 20 per cent less than men.

Today I would like to encourage men to take the HeForShe Pledge and follow up with a real commitment to make change. Today I would like to join the HeForShe campaign and ask Nova Scotia men, starting right here in this House, to donate 20 per cent of today’s earnings to the campaign. Our contributions will support the ongoing efforts of the UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women globally. This issue is critical and important for Nova Scotians whether a father, a mother, a husband, or a wife, male or female, we are all responsible for ensuring fairness, equality, and safety for women and girls of Nova Scotia.