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Status of Women Office

Status of WomenThe Status of Women Office is the sole branch in government that reports on the status of women in Saskatchewan. The Office acts as a catalyst within government to raise awareness of issues affecting women to ensure gender considerations are integrated into government policy-making, legislation and program development.

The Status of Women Office is governed by The Women's Affairs Act.

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1. Women and Economic Prosperity

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Saskatchewan women's
economic participation

The Status of Women Office works within government to address women's economic participation and prosperity in addition to supporting internal and external stakeholder committees.

Through the Status of Women Office, the Government of Saskatchewan invested $25,000 in research to gain a better understanding of the current state of women's participation in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in Saskatchewan. This will contribute to the success of Saskatchewan's Growth Plan.

Women Entrepreneurs

The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the importance of women entrepreneurs and their economic contributions to our communities and the province. Supporting women's economic engagement contributes to increased economic growth and competitiveness for the Saskatchewan economy.

One in every eight women employed in Saskatchewan runs her own business, which puts female entrepreneurship in the province above the national average and fourth highest among provinces. [Table 14-10-0027-01]

The Status of Women Office invested in the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) Advisory Committee. They identified ways to support women entrepreneurs in scaling up their businesses. Read more from Enabling Scale in Saskatchewan: Report of the Saskatchewan Advisory Committee on the Gender Entrepreneurship Gap.

According to another WESK report, in 2019 women entrepreneurs contributed $23.1 billion to the Saskatchewan economy and created 191,836 jobs. Read more in Women Entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan: Economic Statistics.

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2. Women and Education

According to Statistics Canada, women in Saskatchewan maintain a strong participation in education:

  • In 2019 the employment rate for women in Saskatchewan increased with higher levels of education. In general, women in the province without a diploma had an employment rate of 25.5%, while it was 76.6% for those women holding a bachelor's degree (Table 14-10-0118-01);
  • In 2019 the gender employment gap narrowed with increasing levels of educational attainment. The difference between the employment rates of women and men was 17.1% among high school graduates, 11.8% among those with a postsecondary certificate or diploma, and 1.4% among those with a university degree (Table 14-10-0118-01);
  • The total enrolment of women in Saskatchewan in STEM fields for 2017/2018 was 3,648 (Table 37-10-0018-01).
  • Of the women enrolled in all STEM fields, over half (54%) go into the area of physical, life sciences and technologies. Within this specific area women make up over half (54.5%) of total enrolments and this level has remained steady between 2012-2018 (Table 37-10-0018-01).
  • The largest growth in registrations was in the fields of mathematics, computer and information sciences, where the number nearly doubled from 195 to 360 between the 2013/2014 and 2017/2018 (Table 37-10-0018-01).

For more statistical information on post-secondary enrolments in Saskatchewan visit the Ministry of Advanced Education Post-secondary indicators project.

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3. Interpersonal Violence and Abuse

Ending violence is everyone's responsibility. It is important for all communities and organizations across the province to work together to find effective solutions to ending interpersonal violence and abuse.

The Status of Women Office, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, supported the following initiatives to address Interpersonal Violence and Abuse in Saskatchewan:

  • Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Public Awareness Campaign

The Status of Women Office along with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General and Corrections, Policing and Public Safety released a public awareness campaign, Face the Issue, focused on addressing the underlying attitudes, behaviours and beliefs that contribute to interpersonal violence and abuse.

The Status of Women Office, along with the Ministry of Corrections and Policing and the Ministry of Justice, have invested $122,000 in the development and deployment of the Philadelphia Model. This program allows experts in sexual violence to work with police agencies to review sexual assault and abuse cases to ensure investigations are thorough and properly classified.

The Government of Saskatchewan has taken the following step to address Interpersonal Violence and Abuse in the province in the following ways:

  • Interministerial Committee on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse (ICIVA)

The Committee is responsible for coordinating government's response to interpersonal violence and abuse.

ICIVA is co-chaired by the Status of Women Office, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Corrections and Policing. The Committee also includes representatives from the Ministries of Health; Government Relations; Education; Parks, Culture and Sport; and Social Services.

In response to the Domestic Violence Death Review, in May 2019 the Government released the Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Response to the Domestic Violence Death Review 2019.

Clare's Law authorizes a police protocol to disclose risk information related to someone's violent or abusive past to intimate partners whose safety may be threatened.

More information on services available to victims of interpersonal violence and abuse can be found on facetheissue.ca.

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4. Awareness Days, Weeks, Events

Event Date
International Women's Day March 8
Sexual Violence Awareness Week May 17 - 21
Women Entrepreneurs Week May 16 - 22
National Day to Honour Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women and Girls
October 4
Violence Prevention Week October 26-30
National Day of Remembrance and Action on
Violence Against Women (White Ribbon)
December 6
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5. Ministers and Managers

Hon. Laura Ross
Hon. Laura Ross, Minister

Minister's Office

Phone 306-787-0354
Fax 306-798-0264
Email minister.PCS@gov.sk.ca
Mailing Address Room 315, Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK, S4S 0B3
Mari Petroski, Executive Director

Status of Women Office

Phone 306-787-7423
Fax 306-798-0033
Email mari.petroski@gov.sk.ca
Brooke Lochbaum, Executive Director

Communications Branch

Phone 306-550-5927
Fax 306-798-0033
Email brooke.lochbaum@gov.sk.ca
Mailing Address 1st Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, S4S 5W6
Jamie Toth, Director of Marketing

Communications Branch

Phone 306-533-4139
Fax 306-798-0033
Email jamie.toth2@gov.sk.ca
Mailing Address 1st Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, S4S 5W6

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