Two interesting tidbits in the inbox this morning. Please pass these along. The first is from the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL):
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Well, see below, too, but for a news release from the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC). So good to see NAC building again.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, October 11, 2006NAC CONDEMNS CHANGES TO STATUS OF WOMEN CANADA'S MANDATE Toronto - Last week the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) held its Annual General Meeting in Toronto. NAC membership, composed mainly of grassroots women's equality-seeking organizations from across the country, came out of that historic meeting more determined than ever to fight for equality rights in Canada. The re-emergence of NAC came on the heels of the federal government's dismantling of the Court Challenges program, and the 38.5 percent funding cuts to Status of Women Canada with a fundamental change in its mandate. "Equality is not a part of the Women's Program under this government", explained NAC's newly elected president, Dolly Williams. "Minister Bev Oda, is simply applying Conservative Party ideology." The federal Conservative government says it will no longer fund women's groups that do advocacy, lobbying or general research as part of the new terms and conditions for grants. This is seen as a deliberate tactic to cripple the women's organizations that rely on these funds to promote substantive equality rights for women in Canada. The elimination of the Court Challenges Program also confirms the new government's game plan. "NAC has been able to use this program in the past to question the constitutionality of cuts to core funding for equality-seeking women's organizations, affirmed Ms. Williams. The government thinks that it has found a way to silence us and our sister organizations, but we will not be deterred." In the face of the Harper government's new tactics to yield women's issues non-existent and near invisible, NAC's membership is determined, despite these obstacles, to assert a national voice to advocate and lobby for equality. "Women will not stand by passively while this minority government unravels the work accomplished by the equality-seeking women's movement and its social justice allies over the past thirty years", concluded Williams. The National Action Committee on the Status of Women has been one of Canada's longest running equality-seeking women's organizations. A coalition of member groups, NAC has been fighting for women's equality for over 30 years. For further information contact Dolly Williams at the NAC office: 416.932.1718 or Toll free: 1.866.665.5124 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org