We will not go quietly back to the kitchen!

<>Call to Action for Women of Canada this weekend – Dec 8, 9, & 10th – Dec. 10th is International Human Rights Day!  PROTECT & PROTEST FOR CANADIAN WOMEN & CHILDREN’S RIGHTS.  CALL PM STEVE
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**See further important factual information re this issue below the following Action Notice  :

WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY BACK TO THE KITCHEN!
  Details: Call to Action for Women of Canada

We SET UP AN EQUALITY “HOTLINE”

CALL PRIME MINISTER HARPER & your MP,  AND TELL HIM EQUALITY MATTERS!

Harper’s Conservative Government has cut funding for women’s equality, cut women’s access to justice, even cut “equality” as an official goal of government programs.
According to Harper, this is because women are already equal in Canada. Bev Oda, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, says that if Canadian women still have concerns about equality, all they need to do is call!
Is there anything you think your federal government needs to know about women’s issues in Canada? We -an ad-hoc group of Ottawa-based women – are launching an EQUALITY HOTLINE, and encourage you to do the same.
IN THE LEAD UP TO THE COUNTRY-WIDE DECEMBER 10TH RALLIES FOR WOMEN’S EQUALITY, LAUNCH AN EQUALITY HOTLINE IN YOUR CITY, ON YOUR CAMPUS, IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Our plan:
* We are setting up an “equality hotline”, which will in fact be directed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s phone number (in Ottawa, 613-941-6888) (call 1-800-622-6232 to find the number in your city). Email facilities will also be available with the Prime Minister’s email address (pm@pm.gc.ca).  ALSO, call your own MP , or email him on this important day (even if you’ve done so before re this issue!)

* We will launch our “hotline” on Friday, December 8 at noon in a busy, public place. We will do subsequent launches on Saturday the 9th, and will be present with the hotline at the DECEMBER 10TH RALLY ON PARLIAMENT HILL.
* At the launch and at the DECEMBER 10TH RALLY ON PARLIAMENT HILL, we will have a colourful home-made booth advertising the “EQUALITY HOTLINE”.
* With permission, the written, tape-recorded and videotaped messages for equality will be posted online on blogs, YouTube and other sites.

IMPORTANT FACTS & INFO:
December 10, 2006 is International Human Rights Day . It will also mark the 25th anniversary date of Canada’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Instead of celebrating this historic milestone, we will be mobilizing to ensure that Prime Minister Harper respects his own election commitment to uphold women’s equality and human rights in Canada. During the 2006 election campaign, Mr Harper stated:

If elected, I will take concrete and immediate measures, as recommended by the United Nations, to ensure that Canada fully upholds its commitments to women in Canada. (January 18, 2006,)
In 2003 the United Nations recommended that Canada double its efforts to:

– implement pay equity,
– support a national childcare program,
– enhance the Court Challenges Program;
– consult women’s equality-seeking groups regarding the preparation of Canada’s next CEDAW report

In addition, the Committee recommended Canada accelerate its efforts to eliminate the persistent and system discrimination faced by so many Aboriginal women, increase its efforts to combat high levels of poverty among particular groups of women, fund civil legal aid, effectively address violence against women, improve maternity and parental benefits, change immigration laws to respect the rights of live-in caregivers, and ensure a more equitable participation of women in the political institutions.
In the last several months, the federal government has:

– cancelled the provincial/federal child care agreements which would have provided much-needed quality child care

– announced that it will close 12 of 16 Status of Women Canada offices in eight provinces

– refused to introduce pay equity despite expert recommendations

– eliminated funds for the Court Challenges Program so women and other minorities can’t fight discrimination

– cut Status of Women’s operating budget by 40% and eliminated funding to women’s groups who advocate for “equality”.

– disregarded an election commitment by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to improve women’s human rights in Canada

Our response:

Women will not go quietly back to the kitchen.

This campaign is important because we need to protect and advance the rights and freedoms that we have won after patient and determined struggle throughout the 20th Century. Women in Canada can not afford to have further setbacks and our country has the wealth and know-how to honour and respect women’s equality and human rights. It is a question of choices.

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7 thoughts on “We will not go quietly back to the kitchen!

  1. “WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY BACK TO THE KITCHEN!”

    Do women realize how ridiculous a hyperbole such as this sounds? Nobody in the Conservative Government wants women “back in the kitchen.” The rhetoric hurts your credibility.

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