Gender and leadership
Yukoners are powerful and effective leaders in many areas, including business and government. Yet, challenges remain in leadership opportunities for some groups of people, including:
- women; and
- 2-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, plus (2SLGBTQIA+) people.
Gender and politics
Women's participation and opportunities for leadership are a key indicator of gender equality. In order to reflect the society elected governments represent, they should strive to include diverse groups of:
- men; and
- gender-diverse people.
In Canada, we're starting to see a more equal representation of genders in all levels of elected government. At the local level, the number of seats held by women has increased. Today, women make up almost 50% of the seats in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.
There are many reasons why fewer women run for political office than men:
- women are more likely to spend more time on unpaid housework and child care;
- women are more likely to be low-income;
- research suggests women may see themselves as less qualified than men; and
- some groups of women face more discrimination than others (for example, Indigenous or transgender women).
Gender and the Yukon’s judiciary
In 2018, the 1st woman was appointed to sit on the Yukon Supreme Court. Since then, 2 other women have been appointed. Today, the majority of the Yukon’s judiciary are women.
Gender and corporate boards
Increasing gender diversity on boards can produce positive outcomes, including:
- improved financial performance;
- better ability to recruit and keep talented staff;
- increased creativity and innovation;
- better understanding of client needs;
- increased corporate social responsibility; and
- better monitoring and evaluation of company practices.
Strategies to encourage greater gender diversity on boards include:
- adopting formal policies to increase diversity on boards;
- recruiting board members outside of traditional networks based on skills and expertise;
- including greater diversity on nominating committees; and
- mentoring and championing women and gender diverse people in the workplace.
History of women’s and 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations in the Yukon
In 1985 there were 4 women’s organizations in the Yukon:
- Yukon Status of Women Council;
- Yukon Indian Women’s Association;
- Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society; and
- Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre.
In 1990, the 1st 2SLGBTQIA+ group was formed: the Yukon Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA).
Today, the number of organizations for women and 2SLGBTQIA+ in the Yukon has more than doubled. The list includes:
- Les EssentiElles;
- Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society;
- Public Service Alliance of Canada Regional Women's Committee;
- Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle;
- Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council;
- Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre;
- Yukon Status of Women Council;
- Yukon Women in Trades and Technology;
- Yukon Women's Transition Home Society;
- Help and Hope for Families;
- Dawson Women’s Shelter;
- Skookum Jim Friendship Centre – Women’s Legal Advocate;
- Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) Whitehorse chapter;
- Queer Yukon and the Yukon Pride Centre; and
- All Genders Yukon.
What are the indicators?
The following indicators tell us about gender, leadership and activism in the Yukon:
Gender and the general election voters
Gender and the legislative assembly
Gender representation on City of Whitehorse mayor and council
Funding available to gender equity seeking organizations