Canada: New Focus on Women and Girls.

Written by: Richard Barrett on Friday, December 22, 2017

Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett is the Founder of the Barrett Values Centre (BVC) and the Founder and Director of the Academy for the Advancement of Human Values.

Although Canada ranks #8 in the world as far as consciousness is concerned (taking care of the full spectrum needs of its citizens), in 2017 it ranked number #32 in the world in terms of gender equality. Canada’s failure to address this issue is one of the key reasons why it is still operating from the worldview of World Awareness rather than the worldview of People Awareness. In almost every other respect Canada compares well with the seven nations operating from the worldview of People Awareness.

The lowest ranking nation in gender equality in the seven nations operating from People Awareness is Denmark, which ranks #18. Canada therefore has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to move up to the worldview of People Awareness. Basically, the gender gap is one of the most important issues in Canada today.

On election night in 2015, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, made a good start: he declared himself a feminist and went on to prove it by creating a cabinet split 50/50 between men and women. At this year’s World Economic Forum at Davos, Trudeau challenged leaders of the world’s biggest corporations to hire more women and tackle sexual harassment issues.

OK, Mr Trudeau, that sounds great, but why not start in your own backyard. Gender-based violence affects approximately half of all Canadian women, and women only make 74 cents to every dollar that a man earns. “Nearly half of all Canadians believe the wage gap is one of the biggest roadblocks to equality,” says Paulette Senior, president and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Kia Nurse, of Hamilton, is one of the stars of the Canadian women’s basketball team. She states: Sometimes I get interestingly worded questions about how I compare to my brother [Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers] that can be a little offensive. He’s a year older than me, makes a lot more money than me playing basketball and has a lot more social-media followers. But I’ve won more championships than he has, and we’re proud of one another. Female athletes can be fans of men’s sports, too, while still wanting the same exposure. We have more men in my family who are well-known, my brother, my uncle [former NFL player Donovan McNabb], and my dad [former CFL player Richard Nurse]. People often forget to ask about my mom [Cathy Nurse, McMaster] and my sister [Tamika Nurse, Oregon] and how influential they were on me as women and basketball players.

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As far as gender equality is concerned Canada ranks
From the 27th to the 30th of November, 2017, a group of 12 people from different parts of the world met near Oxford in the UK to discuss a fundmental question: What would a nation look like if it were operating from the worldview of Humanity Awareness? In particular, what would governance, business, health and education look like in the worldview of Humanity Awareness.
Humanity Awareness is the first worldview that is truly systemic and integral in nature. It takes decision-making to a new level—it looks at the big picture considering the whole rather than the parts—it focuses on the needs of our global society. It represents a major shift in consciousness from “What in it for me?” to “What’s best for the common good?”
Unlike previous worldviews, the humanity worldview sees the “verticality” of societal development—understands the evolutionary perspective. People operating from previous worldviews are unable to step into the shoes of those operating from other worldviews: they look at the world through the myopic beliefs of their own worldview. They are unable to embrace the concept of cultural evolution because they live in societal flatland—they look out at the world and judge it from their worldview.
People operating from the worldview of Humanity Awareness see other worldviews not through the lens of competing beliefs structures but through the lens of competing value priorities. They see people, communities and nations at different stages of psychological development with different needs and therefore with different value priorities. The primary concern of people operating from the worldview of Humanity Awareness is the evolution of human consciousness.
Although there are growing number of people operating from Humanity Awareness, at the present moment there are no nations operating from this worldview. There are seven nations where the worldview of People Awareness is dominant, namely, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland and New Zealand. And, there are nine nations where the worldview of World Awareness is dominant, namely, Canada, Australia, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom (UK) and Belgium.
You can find a summary of the results of the discussion in Oxford by clicking here.

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