It’s an Action Day today and Vancouver women have done it up right, occupying the Status of Women Canada Office there.
Women Reclaim Their Rights For Immediate Release Thursday, January 18th, 2007 Sit-in at BC/Yukon Status of Women Canada Vancouver Office Vancouver - Women in Vancouver are currently occupying the BC/Yukon Status of Women Canada (SWC). On the heels of a successful rally against federal cuts to equality rights, earlier today, 15-20 women are demanding that the Harper conservative government: . reinstate the $5 million which as been slashed from Status of Women Canada budget . withdraw the decision to close 12 of the 16 Status of Women Canada regional offices . return "equality" to the Women's Program mandate while ensuring that research, lobbying, and advocacy are eligible for funding . reinstate the Court Challenges Program so that equality rights test cases are accessible . adopt proactive pay equity legislation . implement the promise of a nation-wide accessible childcare program . insist that Canada honours and fulfills its CEDAW obligations SWC National has been notified of the sit-in and the Vancouver office awaits a response. The women resisting the cuts and closures, who are occupying the office, encourage women to engage in similar sit-ins at other SWC office across Canada. These women also welcome others to join them at the sit-in to 'reclaim women's rights' which have been attacked. ~30~ Media Contacts: Fatima Jaffer: 604-838-3599 Benita Bunjun: 778-558-6504