OUR (HER)STORY

The Yukon Status of Women Council started in 1970 when a group of women came together for a series of meetings to discuss issues and problems that had a particular impact on women of the Yukon. These issues were the high cost of living, lack of formal child care, lack of public transit, lack of legislation preventing workplace discrimination based on sex or marital status, and the male-oriented and male-dominated decision-making power across the Territory.

1970'S

Issues:

Child Care, isolation of people in the community (i.e. transit), abortion, equal pay for equal work, adequate housing, legal rights and medical attention, medical information, money and marriage, sexism, rape, labour standards, family law, matrimonial law, environment (pipeline), employment, women in trades, sex education, getting women’s opinions to the public.

1980'S

Issues:

Human rights, sexual orientation, pay equity, labour standards, marriage law, divorce law, change of name law, children’s last name (hyphenate with both parents last name, not just the father’s), socio-economic status, gender equality, Charter of Rights (1984), abortion, women in trades and in non-traditional work, sexual assault, racism, funding, childcare, violence against women, ongoing process on how to collaborate with First Nations Women, women’s health, pornography, mental health, birth control, justice system.

1990'S

Issues:

Poverty, unemployment, oppression, violence against women, homelessness, racism, sexual orientation, environment, justice system, teen parents, women with disabilities, family, women’s health (breast cancer), child care, women’s body, the Constitution, abortion, mental health, women and aging, pay equity, money, domestic violence, birth control, midwifery, sexual health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS

2000'S

Issues:

Poverty, Homelessness, violence against women, family, domestic violence, environment, justice system, race, childcare.

2010'S

Issues:

RCMP and Yukon women, oversight of Yukon legal system, sex worker support, economic exploitation of women, financial literacy,  #metoo, #timesup, MMIWG, homelessness and housing shortages, access to reproductive health care

Heading into the new decade, YSWC has 3 major projects on the go. Many of the same issues that we were fighting to change are still existent. Rates of sexualized and domestic violence remain high in the north while the mining sector has little in the way of regulations on their social impacts.

Interactive timeline of events that have
shaped the Yukon Status of Women Council

Press play then use your mouse or trackpad to scroll through this timeline of YSWC. You can zoom in and out to read the details and you can click and drag to progress through the different years.

Issues:

2020 AND BEYOND

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