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e-2111 (National day)

Initiated by Lisa Kearney from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • In Canada, women make up only 10% of the cybersecurity workforce;
  • Enrollment for women in cybersecurity in Canada is low at 11%;
  • Women face unique challenges and barriers which are not being addressed and leading women to exit the industry;
  • Increased diversity and inclusion for women in cybersecurity will provide women with greater financial stability and economic opportunities in the futur;.
  • An International Women in Cyber Day will demonstrate to young girls and women in the industry that they are seen, supported and recognized for their contribution to this important industry;
  • Research has shown, diversity of thought leads to better problem-solving and resolution;
  • Research has shown increased diversity leads to increased revenue and profiles. More women are needed in leadership roles; and
  • Women from more than 50 countries are participating and petitioning their country of origin to declare International Women in Cyber Day on September 1st of every year.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
Recognize September 1st of every year as the International Women in Cyber Day;
Provide grants and funding while working with stakeholders to raise awareness of the issue's women face in cybersecurity;
Provide funding and scholarships for training; and
Fund more research to help understand why women are exiting technology and cybersecurity sectors and why enrollment rates for women are low.
Open for signature
March 15, 2019, at 10:37 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 13, 2019, at 10:37 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Hedy Fry
Vancouver Centre
Liberal Caucus
British Columbia
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