ACTION on SWC

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):

But instead of seeing below, just click here.

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, 2006
NAC 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: nac@web.ca
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6 thoughts on “ACTION on SWC

  1. I thought women were equal. I certainly have the exact same rights as men. I also have choices and am able to be equal to my own ambitions. So, congratulations, your job is done. Now get off the soapboxes and get behind programs that really do help women on the ground. The anti-violence programs, the community supports for helping women from all sectors and situations take advantage of the opportunities available to all MEN and WOMEN equally in this great country.
    There are literally thousands and thousands of “advocacy” groups for all kinds of special interests out there. Either the government funds them ALL or none. No cherrypicking. If you think your interests are “more special” than anyone else’s then you are absolutely defeating your claim to “equality”. You cannot have it both ways.

  2. I’ve been trying to figure out just where it is that I, would not be treated equally to a man…
    Pay equity? What jobs pay a women less? Surely not a government nor union job, because of legislation or contracts.
    There are female roughnecks on the rigs, they get paid the same hourly rate, and are expected to do the same job as men, no in-equality there.
    I would think that minority groups that are being descriminated against are discriminated against equally,both men and women. But that is a discrimination thing, not equality issue.

    would someone tell me what equality issues SoW was persuing?

  3. People who refer to SOW have some kind of piggishness on the brain, maybe as a result of swine flu. It makes them into terrible boars! Maybe these porcine geniuses could count the number of female MPs and MLAs and explain why the proportion is so small.

  4. “What jobs pay a woman less?” Interesting question. In my case, that would be just about every job I had until I was, oh, say, forty? And that was done openly: employers explained to me that the men needed more money because they would, of course, be supporting families.

    That wasn’t so long ago. Many women like me have ended up at sixty, which is not so old, with lower life earnings, tinier CPP as a result of discrimination in the past, and still face discrimination when we seek employment (although it is no longer as brutally honest as it used to be).

    And we are going to be with you for a long time yet. Of course we are “equal” in the idealist’s sense of the term — but then, we always were in that sense. But we have started out a long way behind, as many women still do, and airy claims to “being equal” will be so much hot air and spin until the playing-field truly is level.

  5. In my wmst class, I was told that, when it comes to work, women suffer because most women are forced to work in part-time positions, and usually those positions are the low paying service industry jobs.

    Eventhough I strongly agree that women need to stand together in order to keep equality intact, I do struggle with the idea turning a blind eye to the inequities to men too.

    For example, a single father who is struggling will less likely receive help from social assistance then from women.

    My struggles in life comes from a lack of education and a lack of resource, but because I am white, I find that I am excluded because people assume that being white gives me more access. this may be true that white people have more access, but not all white people are offered the help.

    Years ago,as single mother, I was ridiculed for being a single mother by other women, not men.
    When I seeked help from social assistance, I was told to go back from where I came from. I worked two jobs, but one job was paying for daycare.

    I grew up in an abusive home, so I had know social network. Today, I am paying for University with my credit card, and I am working at a job where I will not make more then 11.00 ever. My boss is a women.

    My point is that we do need an alliance that prevents this type of abuse, and we need to open up the doors so that people can be given a chance to succeed, but we need to help all who are being oppress, if we want true equality.

    As managers,or owners of businesses, you can hire and provide job training to a canidate that does have potential, yet lacks education.

    we need to start in our own back yard first, cleaning up the inequities, so that the chain reaction will continue and all who are suppress can succeed.

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