ÉTS honoured with the Prix Égalité Thérèse-Casgrain
An award recognizing achievements that advance the cause of equality among women and men in QuébecThursday, February 20, 2020
On February 19, ÉTS was honoured to receive the Prix Égalité Thérèse-Casgrain (Thérèse Casgrain Equality Award) in the Allié (Ally) category!
Created in 2007, the Prix Égalité is a government award recognizing achievements that advance the cause of equality among women and men in Québec. In 2015, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of women winning the right to vote and stand for office, the Prix Égalité was renamed in honour of Thérèse Casgrain, a pioneer who began fighting for women’s suffrage in Québec in the 1920s.
An inspirational award
ÉTS is proud of this distinction, which is sure to further inspire a university community that is already committed to the objective of increasing the proportion of women in engineering to 30% by 2030. This ambitious objective was introduced by Engineers Canada and enthusiastically embraced by the ÉTS community several years ago through the implementation of tangible measures, including the launch of the Objectif Féminin pluriel (objective: increase female representation) campaign.
Other notable initiatives include the creation of scholarships intended for women undertaking engineering studies; the establishment of the Prevention and Resolution of Harassment Office, whose many achievements include the #AvecRespect (#WithRespect) campaign, a Code of Conduct and a Policy for a Respectful and Harassment-Free Work, Study and Living Environment; recognition of the achievements of our female professors and researchers, students and graduates; and the creation of a mural honouring female students at ÉTS, to name but a few.
These actions are combined with events intended specifically for young women, in which ÉTS actively participates (e.g.: Techno au féminin, Les filles et les sciences, Fan de sciences, Les Scientifines…), along with support for the Les INGénieuses student group.
For the Québec government, which awards the Prix Thérèse-Casgrain, the objective is not only to encourage girls and women to pursue their personal, professional, social or political ambitions, but also to encourage boys and men to act as allies of women in our shared quest for true equality.
The Ally category of the Prix Égalité is open to men, government and non-government organizations, private companies, organizations in the education sector, regional county municipalities and municipalities or band councils whose mission is not specifically related to the status of women. The award was presented to ÉTS at the National Assembly by Isabelle Charest, Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and was received by Michel Huneault, Director of Academic Affairs, and Liliana Guedez, Interim Director of the Faculty Affairs Office.