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Status of Women Canada Commemoration Sites:

 


International Women's Day
(March 8)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/index-eng.html

Women's History Month (October)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/whm-mhf/index-eng.html

International Day of the Girl (October 11)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/idg-jif/index-eng.html


Persons Day
(October 18)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/pd-jp/index-eng.html

Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case (October)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/initiatives/gg/index-eng.html

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (December 6)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/index-eng.html



International Women’s Day 2013

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Lest we forget...
Federal Government Cuts to Women's Programs in September 2006 and since then
- this link takes you to a special section of the Canadian Women's NGO Links page of this site

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Tories accused of culture of intimidation
May 4, 2010
OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been accused of systematically undermining women in this country by stripping their advocacy groups of tens of millions of dollars and targeting those critical of his government’s anti-abortion stance on the world stage.
Source:
Toronto Star

NEW

A Map of Maternity Leave Policies Around the World
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/06/good-job-america-a-map-of-maternity-leave-policies-around-the-world/373117/
The U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that does not require some form of paid time off for new mothers.
June 20, 2014
If you're a woman working in the United States and your employer provides paid maternity leave, consider yourself lucky: Just 11 percent of Americans employed by private industry have access to some sort of paid family leave. For state and government employees, 16 percent can take paid family leave. The U.S. federal government provides no paid family leave to its employees, though they can use their sick days or vacation days that they've saved up.

Source:
The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/

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Maternity leave basics: Canada vs. the U.S.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/maternity-leave-basics-canada-vs-the-us/article4197679/
May 16 (Updated June 18), 2014
The U.S. has one of the poorest support systems for pregnant women and new mothers in the world. The Canadian system, on the other hand, provides at least a partial ongoing income for almost a year to give families time to adjust to the new addition, as well as a guarantee of re-employment after a lengthy leave.

From Statistics Canada:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

Shelters for abused women in Canada, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2014001/article/11906-eng.htm
By Mazowita, Benjamin; Marta Burczycka
February 2014
Women experiencing violent victimization often rely on social services that exist outside of the formal criminal justice system. In Canada, referrals to residential services and emergency shelters are among the most common referrals made by victim service providers. Using data from the 2012 Transition Home Survey, this Juristat Bulletin presents the most up-to-date information on shelters for abused women in Canada.

Source:
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report - Product main page*
Understanding the role of women in Canadian society and how it has changed over time is dependent on having information that can begin to shed light on the diverse circumstances and experiences of women. Women in Canada provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

From the
Standing Committee on the Status of Women:

A Study on Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace:
Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women
(PDF - 1.1MB, 154 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/FEWO/Reports/RP6376948/412_FEWO_Rpt02_PDF/412_FEWO_Rpt02-e.pdf
Hélène LeBlanc. Chair
February 2014
On May 2012, the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women (the Committee) adopted a motion to study sexual harassment in workplaces
in the federal jurisdiction; the impact and cost of sexual harassment; whether the current complaint/reporting channels of federal organizations are effective in addressing sexual harassment; whether current policies – Treasury Board and organization specific policies – should be amended or improved.

In total, the Committee devoted 25 meetings to the study of sexual harassment in the federal workplace, and heard from 78 witnesses, all in the 1st Session of the 41st
Parliament.
(...)
This report provides a summary of information received and testimony heard by the Committee with respect to the current legal and regulatory framework for both civilians and military and police, a discussion about the incidence and prevalence of sexual harassment in the federal workplace, the processes for responding to complaints of sexual harassment and factors affecting sexual harassment in the workplace. Based on this information, the Committee has also put forward recommendations.

Source:
House of Commons
Standing Committee on the Status of Women
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FEWO&Parl=41&Ses=2

Statement by the Minister responsible for Status of Women Canada
(The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch)

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
Source:
Status of Women Canada




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Also from Status of Women Canada:

Government of Canada Efforts to address violence against women and girls
http://swc-cfc.gc.ca/violence/efforts/index-eng.html

16 Facts and Actions Canadians could take to end violence against women and girls
http://swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/16/index-eng.html

Ending Violence against Women:
more online resources
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/violence/res-eng.html

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From CUPE:

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) marks
the National day of Remembrance and Action to end Violence against Women
http://cupe.ca/violence/marks-national-day-remembrance-action
December 5, 2013
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
December 6 is commemorated on the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, where 14 women were singled out and murdered because of their gender. One of those women, Maryse Laganière, was a CUPE member who worked at the school. Gender-based discrimination and violence remain widespread in our workplaces and communities as recently documented by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and others. Yet the federal government continues to walk away from the problem.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

http://cupe.ca/

From
Status of Women Canada:

Call for Proposals : Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/cfp-adp/2013-1/index-eng.html
Status of Women Canada is launching a Call for Proposals for projects that will both increase economic security and promote prosperity for women in communities across Canada. All projects will include a number of predetermined elements, which organizations must address in their proposals.
- incl. links to more info on the types of eligible projects that are acceptable along with an application guide and the application form

Projects under this Call for Proposals fall into three thematic areas:

* Advancing Women in Non-Traditional Occupations
* Increasing Economic Options for Women
* Improving Prosperity for Immigrant Women

NOTE : The deadline for applications under this Call for Proposals was May 31, 2013.

Source:
Status of Women Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-eng.html

February 25, 2013
Violence against women, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130225/dq130225a-eng.htm
According to police-reported data, just over 173,600 women aged 15 and older were victims of violent crime in 2011, a rate of 1,207 female victims for every 100,000 women in the population. Common assaults accounted for about half of all police-reported violent crimes against women.

Related report:

Measuring violence against women: Statistical trends
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11766-eng.htm
Edited by Maire Sinha
Highlights:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11766/hl-fs-eng.htm
Foreword
Introduction
Section 1: Prevalence and severity of violence against women
Section 2: Risk factors for violence against women
Section 3: Impact of violence against women
Section 4: Responses to violence against women
Survey descriptions

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

Ontario offering loans to help low-income women start businesses
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1315510
January 15, 2013
By Laurie Monsebraaten
Ontario will spend about $760,000 over the next two years to help more than 800 low-income women become entrepreneurs. The initiative, announced Tuesday by Women’s Issues Minister Laurel Broten, includes financial training and microloans of $500 to $5,000. The money could help a single mother start a new culinary business or a recent university graduate open her own fitness centre, she said.
(...)
Participants in the Microlending for Women in Ontario program will have access to financial literacy training, entrepreneurial mentoring, skills development and life skills support. Those ready to strike out on their own will be eligible for up to 400 microloans.

32 Comments about this article:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1315510--ontario-offering-loans-to-help-low-income-women-start-businesses#comments

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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From the
Ontario Women's Directorate:
[ http://www.women.gov.on.ca/english/index.shtml ]

Helping Women Achieve Economic Security:
Microlending for Women in Ontario Program
http://www.women.gov.on.ca/english/keyprograms/microlending_program.shtml

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- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm

December 6:
National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women

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From
Status of Women Canada:

Government of Canada Marks 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Atlantic Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/med/news-nouvelles/2012/1204-eng.html
News Release
December 4, 2012
OTTAWA – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today called on all Canadians to join the worldwide 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence while highlighting government actions to address gender-based violence in Atlantic Canada.
(...)
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence commence on November 25, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and conclude on December 10 with International Human Rights Day. The campaign also observes significant dates such as December 6, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Source:
Status of Women Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-eng.html

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

CUPE joins women’s groups to mark the day of remembrance and action to end violence against women
http://cupe.ca/women/joins-womens-mark-day-remembrance
December 6, 2012
December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women, is commemorated every year in Canada, on the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, where 14 women were singled out because of their gender, and murdered. (...) While we have made some progress on women’s equality over the years, gender discrimination and violence against women is still a major human rights issue in Canada and across the world.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
http://cupe.ca/

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From the
Canadian Labour Congress:

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
http://www.canadianlabour.ca/14actions
Posted December 2, 2010
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. On this day we remember and mourn the loss of 14 women, murdered at Montréal's École Polytechnique, murdered because they were women. We remember the 14 lives lost. And there are other numbers to remember...

Source:
Canadian Labour Congress
http://canadianlabour.ca/

From Status of Women Canada:

Call for proposals : promotion of equality for women and girls and reduction of gender-based violence in Canada.
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/cfp-adp/2012-2/index-eng.html
September 11, 2012
Status of Women Canada is launching a call for proposals to invite funding applications for projects that promote equality for women and girls, and reduce gender-based violence in Canada.These projects consist of a number of predetermined elements. Eligible organizations must include these elements in their proposals. The projects under this call for proposals fall into four thematic areas (the date in parentheses is the deadline for each proposal):
1. October 12, 2012 : Preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in high-risk neighbourhoods;
2. October 12, 2012 : Engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls;
3. November 9, 2012 : Preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in the name of "honour"; and
4. November 9, 2012 : Preventing and reducing the trafficking of women and girls through community planning.

Click the above link for more details on the Call for Papers and the application process.

Source:
Status of Women Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/

Latest cuts: Another federal ministry announces program closure
- the end of the Women’s Health Contribution Program

(<$3M/yr.)
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/44620
April 23, 2012
Press release
One more women’s program falls victim to federal government budget cuts; 16-year program provided essential evidence and information on women’s health; group argues for need to consider how women are harmed by cuts to programs and services.

Six federally funded organizations devoted to research and communication in women’s health learned this week that their funding will end March 31, 2013.

The Women’s Health Contribution Program is critical to funding innovative social policy research, building community partnerships and providing important mentorship opportunities for students in women’s health. Within a year, the affected organizations will be forced to either close their doors permanently or attempt to find funding elsewhere.

The Women’s Health Contribution Program (WHCP) supports:
- Le Réseau québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes
- the Canadian Women’s Health Network
- the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
- the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
- the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence
- the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, located across the country from Vancouver to Halifax.

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/
The Canadian Women’s Health Network (CWHN) was created in 1993 as a voluntary national organization to improve the health and lives of girls and women in Canada and the world by collecting, producing, distributing and sharing knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, strategies and inspirations.
[ About CWHN : http://www.cwhn.ca/en/about ]

From
Health Canada:

Women’s Health Contribution Program
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/gender-genre/contribution/index-eng.php
The Women's Health Contribution Program supports community-academic partnerships in the development and dissemination of policy research and information for women's health. The Program is managed by Health Canada's Bureau of Women's Health and Gender Analysis.
The Program contributes approximately $2.95 million annually to eligible recipients.
Source:
Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm


March 8, 2012

From UN Women:
http://www.unwomen.org/

International Women’s Day: 8 March 2013
http://www.unwomen.org/how-we-work/csw/iwd2013/
- incl. links to the following sections:
The Issue | Media & Speeches | Webcasts | Official Documents | Side Events | Feature Stories | Videos | Photos | Michelle Bachelet | Participant voices | Partnerships | International Women’s Day | Join the Conversation
The 2013 theme for International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on 8 March, is: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”

In Focus: CSW57 – Stop Violence against Women
http://www.unwomen.org/news-events/in-focus/csw57/
Taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013, the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) has the “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls” as its priority theme. It will focus on two key areas: prevention of violence and the provision of support services/responses to survivors of violence.

Source:
CSW57 - main page
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/57sess.htm
- incl. News and announcements - Bureau - Themes - Webcast - Organization of the session - Statements - General discussion - Interactive events - Agreed conclusions - Resolutions - Documentation - Participants - Side events - Preparations - Feature stories -

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From the
Status of Women Canada:

International Women's Day (IWD) 2013:
Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/iwd-jif/index-eng.html
March 8, 2013
On International Women's Day, Canadians participate in a worldwide celebration of women, peace and human rights. Canada's theme for International Women's Day 2013 is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women.
(...) Canada's theme aligns with United Nations Commission on the Status of Women's theme for its 57th session, Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. The meeting will take place in New York from March 4 to 15, 2013.

Previous IWD themes - back to 2002
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/iwd-jif/index-eng.html#tab7

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International Women's Day (IWD) 2013:
A global hub for sharing International Women's Day news, events and resources
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
- includes links to :
* Women's initiatives
* Events
* News * IWD Online
* Resources
* IWD Donations

This year's IWD 2013 events by country:

United Kingdom (428 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=221
United States of America (239 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=223
Australia (185 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=13
Canada (157 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=37
India (92 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=98
More countries : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp

International Women's Day 2012 - "Connecting girls, inspiring futures"
A global hub for sharing International Women's Day news, events and resources
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.
- incl. links to :
Home | About | Theme | Events | Gender initiatives & User pages | Resources | Creative | Supporters | Media | Contact

2012 Theme: CONNECTING GIRLS, INSPIRING FUTURES
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme.asp
"Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures" is the 2012 theme of the internationalwomensday.com website and this has been widely used by hundreds of organisations including schools, universities, governments, women’s groups and the private sector. Each year the United Nations declares an overall International Women's Day theme. Their 2012 theme is “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty”. Many organisations develop their own themes that are more relevant to their local contexts. For example, the European Parliament's 2012 theme is "Equal pay for work of equal value".

IWD 2012 Events by Country:

* United Kingdom (401 events)
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=221

* United States of America (234 events)
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=223

* Canada (178 events)
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=37

* Australia (131 events)
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=13

Search International Women's Day Events by Country (1454 events)
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/events.asp

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From
WomenWatch (United Nations):
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/

United Nations System Observances
for International Women's Day 2012
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd/2012/
The official United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2012 is "Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty."

Facts and Figures on Rural Women
http://www.unwomen.org/infocus/rural-women-facts-and-figures/
October 13 2011
* Introduction * Facts & Figures * Statements & Speeches * Stories * Expert Group Meeting * Videos * Photos * Get Involved * Related Links

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From the
Canadian Women’s Health Network:

Celebrating IWD for more than a century!
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/44446
March 2, 2012
This year’s International Women’s Day is our 101st! Imagine: we’re now in the second century since women around the world began celebrating our achievements to gain economic, political and social equality. While it’s true that some of us have gained much, many challenges – some of them monumental – still face women across the globe.
- incl. links to 18 IWD 2012 events in different Canadian jurisdictions

Source:
Canadian Women’s Health Network
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/

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From
Status of Women Canada:
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-eng.html

International Women's Day 2012
Strong Women, Strong Canada –
Women in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities: Key to Canada's Economic Prosperity
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/iwd-jif/index-eng.html
Women across Canada are as diverse as the communities they live in. This year's theme for International Women's Day and International Women's Week celebrates women's roles in the economic prosperity of rural, remote and Northern regions.
- incl. links to : Did you know? - Celebrate - History - Poster - Previous Themes

Related links:

Women's organizations whose funding was cut by the Harper Government:
http://goo.gl/aruI6
Spring 2011

Harper government axes funding for 11 women's groups
http://goo.gl/88n90
May 2010

Harper Government™ cuts to women's programs in 2006-2007
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm#fedcuts

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Bonus link:

Is Stephen Harper displaying fascist-like tendencies?
http://canadiandimension.com/articles/4486/
February 8, 2012
By Nick Fillmore
(...) A few years ago, a former U.S. business executive, Laurence W. Britt, came up with a 14-point description of fascism.
[ http://www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/britt_23_2.htm ]
In view of Harper's behaviour of late, I think it’s time to look at Britt’s document again.
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By Gilles:
In his article, author Nick Fillmore presents a condensed version of Britt's 14 points (listed below FYI), followed by quotes from Canadian journalists and other sources concerning Harper’s actions and beliefs with respect to each point.
Click the first link above to the Fillmore article for a point-by-point comparison with Harper's actions and beliefs.
Click the second link above to the Britt article for his 14-point description of fascism. Britt's article was written in 2004, two years before Harper came to power, and yet his list reads like a Stephen Harper Performance Review since he's been at the helm of the Ship of State.

Britt’s 14 components of fascism:

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.
2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.
3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.
5. Rampant sexism.
6. A controlled mass media.
7. Obsession with national security.
8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.
9. Power of corporations protected.
10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.
12. Obsession with crime and punishment.
13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
14. Fraudulent elections.

Scary.

Source:
Canadian Dimension

http://canadiandimension.com

February 26, 2012
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-503-x/89-503-x2010001-eng.htm
This is the sixth edition of Women in Canada – representing the 25th anniversary of this publication. (...) As noted in the original 1985 report, "Women in Canada is intended to aid the continuing discussion and evaluation of the changing roles and social characteristics of Canadian women as well as contribute to the development of policies concerning the status of women in Canada."

General contents of this publication:

(Click the link above, then select a chapter in the left-hand margin of that page.
Each section appears in HTML format, and a link to the PDF file appears at the top of each section.)

* Female population
* Families, Living Arrangements and Unpaid Work
* Women and Health
* Women and Education
* Paid work
* Economic Well-being
* Women and the Criminal Justice System
* First Nations, Métis and Inuit Women
* Immigrant Women
* Visible Minority Women
* Senior Women
* Women with activity limitations
* Tables and charts <========== links to 200+ tables and charts!
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-503-x/2010001/tbl-c-g-eng.htm
* More information
* Other issues in this series

Source:
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report - Product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=89-503-X&lang=eng
Understanding the role of women in Canadian society and how it has changed over time is dependent on having information that can begin to shed light on the diverse circumstances and experiences of women. Women in Canada provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more.
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[ * On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related subjects:

* Population and demography
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3867&lang=eng&more=0

* Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=75&lang=eng&more=0

* Women and gender
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=75&id=78&lang=eng&more=0

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6, 2011

From
Status of Women Canada:
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-eng.html

Statement from the Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services
and Minister for Status of Women

http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/med/sta-dec/2011/1206-eng.html
December 6, 2011
"I call on all Canadians today to observe Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. "It was on this day, December 6, 1989, that 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal lost their lives in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation."

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence:
November 25 – December 10

http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/vaw-vff/index-eng.html
TIP : Click the "Today" tab under the graphic to see features for each of the 16 days.
Excerpt : "[December 6] is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions* to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls."

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* With its 615,000 members across Canada, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) [ http://cupe.ca/ ] is by far Canada's largest community of workers. CUPE reminds us that the gun registry is a concrete action to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

From CUPE:

Support the call to end violence against women
December 6, 2011
http://cupe.ca/women/dec-6-support-call-violence-women
On the 22nd anniversary of that tragic day, CUPE is calling on the Harper Conservative government to stop putting the safety of women and frontline workers across the country at risk with the proposed elimination of the gun registry.


Submission by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to the
Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
(PDF - 72K, 5 pages)
November 24, 2011
http://cupe.ca/ckfinder/userfiles/files/SubmissionBillC-19-Rev-Eng.pdf
CUPE recently made a submission to the standing committee on public safety and national security against Bill C-19 and in support of keeping the gun registry.

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The tragic, joyous meanings of December 6
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1097416
By Sarah Blackstock
December 5, 2011
How does a feminist celebrate her daughter's seventh birthday and commemorate the École Polytechnique massacre, both on December 6?
Sarah Blackstock, director of advocacy and communications at YWCA Toronto, explains what the day means for her and how she can find balance in this day of extremes for her.
Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

What's new from
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]:

June 27, 2011
Shelters for abused women, 2010
On April 15, 2010, there were 593 shelters offering services to abused women in Canada, up from 569 in 2008 when this information was last collected. On that day, 4,645 women were residing in these shelters. More than one-third (36%) were staying at transition homes, followed by emergency shelters (21%), second-stage housing (20%) and women's emergency shelters (15%). The remaining 7% were staying in other types of shelters.

April 1, 2011
Women in Canada: The criminal justice system, 2009
The involvement of women and female youth in the criminal justice system has largely been as victims of crime rather than as offenders. While females accounted for about one-half of all victims of violent crime reported to police authorities in 2009, they represented a minority of offenders. The analysis in this report is based on the third section of what will be the latest edition of the publication Women in Canada, which is published periodically by Statistics Canada. This chapter examines the prevalence and nature of female victimization and female criminality, as well as the processing of female offenders through the criminal justice system.

Related subjects:
* Crime and justice
* Society and community
* Women and gender

Source:
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report - Product main page*
Understanding the role of women in Canadian society and how it has changed over time is dependent on having information that can begin to shed light on the diverse circumstances and experiences of women. Women in Canada provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

International Women's Day 2011
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
March 8

From
WomenWatch (United Nations)
:

March 04, 2011
Only Women’s Full, Equal Participation Can Achieve Sustainable, Peaceful,
Just Society Promised in United Nations Charter, Says Secretary-General in Message

Text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for International Women's Day, observed on 8 March: One hundred years ago, when the world first commemorated International Women's Day, gender equality and women's empowerment were largely radical ideas.

International Women's Day 2011
Theme for UN International Women's Day 2011:
Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women
- includes links to 11 IWD 2011 events at the UN and other international venues

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International Women's Day 2011 - A global hub for sharing International Women's Day news, events and resources
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

- incl. links to :
* Home * About * 2011 Theme * Events * Global IWD Arts Initiative * IWD Interactive * Media & IWD Resources * Your Say * Contact

IWD 2011 EVENTS BY COUNTRY:
* Canada (240 events)
* United Kingdom (415 events)
* United States of America (211 events)
* Australia (200 events)
* Costa Rica (48 events)
* more countries (IWD Home page - see right column)

Canada

From what's left of
Status of Women Canada:

International Women's Day [Canada] : Girls' Rights Matter
March 8, 2011
In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women's rights and international peace. Following the United Nations' lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women's Day (IWD). Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on the challenges and barriers that remain, and consider future steps to achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives. Over time, International Women's Day has grown into a week-long series of commemorative events and activities across the country. International Women's Week (IWW) 2011 begins on Sunday, March 6 and wraps up on Saturday, March 12.
- incl. * Theme * Fact Sheet * Products Available * To Order a Poster * Previous Themes.

Lest we forget:
* Harper Government Steps Up Attacks against Women's Human Rights - Several key feminists groups lose funding - May 2010 (CNW)
* Harper government axes funding for 11 women's groups
- May 4, 2010 (CTV News)
* Harper's Attack on Women's Rights and Equality Feb. 8, 2010 (TheTyee.ca)
* 2008: Stephen Harper vs. women (rabble.ca)

* Harper cuts to women's programs in 2006-2007 (Canadian Social Research Links)

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

December 20, 2010
Study: Why has the gender wage gap narrowed? (1988 to 2008)
During the past two decades, the gap in average hourly wages between men and women has narrowed steadily. In 1988, women earned 75.7 cents in wages for every $1 earned by men. By, 2008, they were earning 83.3 cents on the dollar. The wage gap converged in all age groups during this period, although older workers experienced the largest change. The gap among workers age 25 to 29 narrowed by 5.6 percentage points, while among older workers age 50 to 54, it converged by 16.2 percentage points. A key factor in the convergence was that the growth in relative wages of women outpaced the gains of men.

Complete article:

Why has the gender wage gap narrowed?
Highlights

Full article:
HTML

PDF (146K, 11 pages)

Source:
December 2010 issue of
Perspectives on Labour and Income

Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
This publication brings together and analyzes a wide range of labour and income data. Topics include youth in the labour market, pensions and retirement, work arrangements, education and training, and trends in family income.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues

Related subjects:
* Families, households and housing
* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Household, family and personal income
* Low income and inequality
* Labour
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

December 16, 2010
Women in Canada: Economic well-being, 2008
Between 2000 and 2008, average total income for Canadian women increased at almost twice the pace as it did for men, although women continued to have lower income levels. On average, total income for women was $30,100 in 2008, up 13% from $26,300 in 2000. During the same period, total income for men increased by 7% to $47,000.

Economic Well-being
by Cara Williams
PDF version (1.1MB, 34 pages)
Table of contents:
* The many determinants of economic well-being
* Income
* Earnings
* Low income
* Financial security
* Retirement savings
* Home ownership and shelter affordability
* Factors contributing to the decline in the gender wage gap

Source:
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report - Product main page*
Understanding the role of women in Canadian society and how it has changed over time is dependent on having information that can begin to shed light on the diverse circumstances and experiences of women. Women in Canada provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Household assets, debts and wealth
* Household, family and personal income
* Low income and inequality
* Society and community
* Women and gender

December 9, 2010
Women in Canada: Paid work, 1976 to 2009
The employment rate for women with children has been steadily on the rise during the past three decades. In 2009, 72.9% of women with children under the age of 16 living at home were employed, nearly twice the rate of 39.1% recorded in 1976.

Related link:

Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report
Paid Work

HTML version - click the links in the left-hand margin to access the content
PDF version (357K, 31 pages)
By Vincent Ferrao
December 2010
Source:
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report - Product main page*
Understanding the role of women in Canadian society and how it has changed over time is dependent on having information that can begin to shed light on the diverse circumstances and experiences of women. Women in Canada provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Occupations
* Society and community
* Women and gender

Economic hard times cast shadow over women
December 6, 2010
By Eileen Morrow
Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Typically on this day each year, there is a lot of remembrance. Action is another matter. Fears are that this trend may continue, if not increase, now that governments are flagging austerity at every level. That would be dangerous because research and experience show that violence against women rises during tough economic times. The observance of that terrible day in 1989 when Marc Lepine stalked and murdered 14 women at Montreal’s l’École Polytechnique is, regrettably, an opportunity to keep ongoing violence against women on the public policy agenda.
Source:
Toronto Star
[Eileen Morrow is Coordinator of the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses ]

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From the
Prime Minister's Office:

Statement by the Prime Minister on the
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

5 December 2010
Ottawa, Ontario
"(...)That these women were gunned down for no other reason than their gender is as incomprehensible now as it was in 1989. While we cannot, and probably never will, be able to make sense of the events of that day, we can work to ensure that it never happens again."

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From
Status of Women Canada
:

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
* Statement by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister for Status of Women
* Fact Sheet

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From the
Liberal Party of Canada:

Conservatives continue to fail victims of
gun violence with deferral of gun marking regulations

December 6, 2010
The Conservative government has ignored victims of gun violence by refusing to help police officers track imported guns used in violent crimes with their decision to delay life-saving firearm regulations for two more years, Liberal MPs said today. (...) Marking a firearm for import can assist domestic law enforcement with the identification of a firearm that was lawfully imported – even if the serial number is obliterated. Knowing that a firearm was lawfully imported may help an investigator identify the firearm’s source when linked to knowledge about legal importers or the firearms registry.
(...)

“For the first time nearly 20 years – since the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada was created – we have the victims and families of the l’École Polytechnique de Montréal massacre refusing to participate in the federal government’s annual memorial ceremony because they are disgusted with this government’s track record on gun safety,” said Liberal Status of Women Critic Anita Neville. (...)
The Canadian Shooting Sports Association lobbied the Conservatives to delay marking and tracing regulations again and praised them for their decision in an alert to their members last week. “Liberals are calling on the Conservative government to immediately adopt life-saving Firearms Marking Regulations and stop paying lip-service to victims of gun violence,” Ms. Neville concluded.

WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY:
Canada Moves Forward to Increase Women’s Engagement
(PDF - 7.5MB, 176 pages)
Fifth Report of the
Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
November 18, 2010
From September 2009 to April 2010, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights conducted a study of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, which was adopted unanimously by the Council in October 2000. The Committee focused its study on the implementation of the resolution by the UN and, in particular, Canada. Resolution 1325 was the first adopted by the Security Council to explicitly address the impact of armed conflict on women. It introduced a set of international standards for all UN member states, conflict belligerents, the UN system and its peacekeeping forces, and other stakeholders. Under the resolution, these actors must take varying steps to ensure that efforts to prevent, resolve and rebuild from armed conflict incorporate the perspectives of women.
(Excerpt from the Executive Summary)

Executive Summary

Recommendations

Source:
Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
- includes links to the four first reports of the Standing Committee, covering the following topics:
* Canada and the United Nations Human Rights Council
* Matrimonial interests or rights respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves
* Employment Equity in the Federal Public Service
* Expenses of Committee members

From Statistics Canada:

May 28, 2010
From the May 2010 issue of
Perspectives on Labour and Income

Women's participation and economic downturns
May 2010
* Highlights
* Full article:
--- HTML version
--- PDF version ( 119K, 5 pages)
Using data from the Labour Force Survey, this article examines the evolution of the employment rate and work hours of wives whose husbands suffered job loss during the last three labour market downturns: 1981 to 1983, 1990 to 1992 and 2008 to 2009.

Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income May 2010 issue --- incl. quick links to labour and income studies
[ earlier editions of Perspectives on Labour and Income --- links to several hundred articles going back to 1989 ]
[ Perspectives on Labour and Income Main Page ]

Funding cut to 14 women's groups
Critics charge Tories with fostering
a 'culture of intimidation' over abortion
May 5, 2010
OTTAWA
Critics are accusing the Harper government of ideologically driven intimidation for cutting funding to women's groups even as it prepares to champion maternal health at June's G8 Summit. The Conservatives have axed funding up to 14 women's groups in the past two weeks. News of the cuts surfaced a day after Tory Senator Nancy Ruth warned aid groups they risk a backlash from the government if they don't "shut the f--- up" on the government's refusal to include abortion in the G8 plan.
Source:
The Canadian Press

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Women's group cuts 'ideological': MPs
May 5, 2010
Opposition parties say the Conservative government has recently cut federal funding to more than a dozen women's groups because the organizations don't share Prime Minister Stephen Harper's ideology and dare to criticize his policies. The Liberals circulated a list on Wednesday of groups that promote human rights, equality rights and anti-homelessness initiatives that have lost federal funding within the past two weeks. But the Conservatives say the groups were "inefficient" and the government is just making sure taxpayers get their money's worth.
Source:
CBC

---

Harper government axes funding for 11 women's groups
May 4, 2010
A women's rights group is charging that the Harper government has cut funding for 11 women's groups in the last two weeks, just prior to June's G8 summit at which maternal health to a key part of the agenda
Source:
CTV

---

Tories accused of culture of intimidation
May 4, 2010
By Richard J. Brennan
OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been accused of systematically undermining women in this country by stripping their advocacy groups of tens of millions of dollars and targeting those critical of his government’s anti-abortion stance on the world stage. In the past two weeks, the federal government has ended funding to 14 women’s groups, including a non-governmental agency that was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for more than 30 years.
Source:
Toronto Star

From Status of Women Canada:

International Women's Day :
Strong Women. Strong Canada. Strong World.

March 8, 2010
- incl. links to:
* Theme * Fact Sheet * Products Available * To Order a Poster * Previous Themes

In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women's rights and international peace. Following the United Nations' lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women's Day (IWD).

Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on the challenges and barriers that remain, and consider future steps to achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives.

Over time, International Women's Day has grown into a week-long series of commemorative events and activities across the country. International Women's Week 2010 begins on Sunday, March 7 and wraps up on Saturday, March 13.

We encourage all Canadians - women and men, girls and boys - to promote International Women's Day / International Women's Week. Better yet, why not organize your own IWD/IWW event in your community, organization, workplace or school?

Source:
Status of Women Canada (SWC)

_______________________________________

NOTE to SWC about that IWD theme:

Your 2010 IWD theme is "Strong Women. Strong Canada. Strong World"
Your 2009 IWD theme was "Strong Leadership. Strong Women. Strong World: Equality."
Your 2008 IWD theme was "Strong Women, Strong World"

Looks like SWC can only afford a light edit to its annual inspiring theme.
What's your theme gonna be next year - "Strong. Strong. Strong."??
Whatever your choice, SWC, it should be a catchier theme, because the 2008, 2009 and 2010 versions still can't make women's groups forget the deep and cruel cuts in funding for federal women's programs and groups under Stephen Harper since the fall of 2006.

_______________________________________

International Women's Day (8 March 2010) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The International Women's Day website provides a free service to women around the world wanting to share and promote their IWD activity, videos, opinions and ideas. Please feel free to submit gender-related items for the site that you consider relevant and useful.
- incl. links to :
* Home * About * 2010 Theme * Events * Pictures / Videos * Jobs * Business & Finance * Science & Technology * Justice * Health * Other
This service is provided by Aurora, a company that connects business and professional women
and actively supports the promotion of employer brands and career opportunities in progressive organisations.

_______________________________________

International Women's Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

_______________________________________

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"International Women's Day"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

NEW



Provincial/territorial government departments and agencies involved in women's issues
[All links updated February 3, 2010]

NOTE: the groups in the list below are all affiliated with government, but - according to the Executive Director of one of the advisory councils - status of women groups operate from within government while advisory councils are independent and thus more free to place the defense of women's rights above bureaucratic or other issues.

Newfoundland and Labrador Women's Policy Office
Newfoundland and Labrador Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Interministerial Women's Secretariat

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Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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New Brunswick Office of the Executive Council - Women's Issues Branch
New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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Conseil du statut de la femme (Québec)
Condition féminine
Secrétariat à la condition féminine

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Ontario Women's Directorate

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Status of Women
Manitoba Women's Advisory Council

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Saskatchewan Status of Women Office

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Alberta Community Development - Women's Issues

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British Columbia Ministry of Health : Women's Issues

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Yukon Executive Council - Women's Directorate

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Status of Women Council of the NWT

Human Rights of Incarcerated Women in Canada
Provincial/territorial Government Women's Links
Women's Rights in Canada since 1900
- links to info about key court cases and laws that have shaped human rights in Canada since 1900
Source:
Human rights in 20th Century Canada - A Historical Perspective
[ Justice Canada ]

Status of Women Canada
"Status of Women Canada (SWC) is the federal government agency which promotes gender equality, and the full participation of women in the economic, social, cultural and political life of the country. SWC focuses its work in three areas: improving women's economic autonomy and well-being, eliminating systemic violence against women and children, and advancing women's human rights." 


December 6:
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
Did you know that December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada? Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society.
Source:
Status of Women Canada

Helena Guergis: Twenty years later, honouring the École Polytechnique victims
December 05, 2009

In related news...

MPs vote to abolish long-gun registry
November 5, 2009
The Conservatives have long opposed the gun registry, brought in by the former Liberal government in response to the killing of 14 women at Montreal's L'École Polytéchnique in 1989.
Source:
CBC

And let's not forget...

September 2006 federal cuts
to Women's programs in Canada

Related links:

From Statistics Canada:

Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2009
The 2009 edition of Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile is a profile of shelters that provide residential services to women and children fleeing abusive situations. The 2009 edition also presents fact sheets, data tables and figures on spousal violence, family violence against children and youth, family violence against seniors aged 65 and older, and family-related homicides. ]

November 25 : International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Women's activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981. On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Government of Canada supports women's economic security
in Quebec, Nunavut, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia
THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/
The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), today announced support for the Women's Economic Council, for its project to address women's economic security and leadership. Minister of State Guergis also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of Council volunteers by providing certificates of appreciation. The project, entitled Leadership and Women's Economic Security: A Sustainability Approach, will focus the efforts of eight women-centred, community-based, economic development enterprises in Quebec, Nunavut, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, to help 570 low-income women find and maintain employment, and enhance their leadership and financial skills.
Source:
Canada Newswire

Related links:

Status of Women Canada

Women's Economic Council (WEC)
WCE, formerly the Canadian Women’s Community Economic Development Council, was founded in 2002 to advance women-centred community economic development to improve the lives of women, their families and communities.



Standing Committee on the Status of Women (House of Commons)

Centres of Excellence for Women's Health (Health Canada)
- "The Women’s Health Contribution Program supports policy research and education on women’s health issues. Managed by the Women's Health Bureau, Health Canada, the Program is a partnership between community and academic researchers."

- Northern FIRE : Northern Secretariat of the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
- B.C. Centre of Excellence for Women's Health - Children's & Women's Hospital, Vancouver

- Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence - Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon

- National Network on Environments and Women's Health - York University, Toronto


National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (Public Health Agency of Canada)
The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence is a national resource centre for professionals, front-line workers, researchers and community groups seeking information about violence within the family and looking for new resources being used to address it. This is a large site of information on child abuse, violence against women, and abuse of seniors.. You'll find fact sheets, a newsletter, special reports and studies and much more.

Source:
Public Health Agency of Canada


Women continue to advance into management ranks, EEOC study finds
Glass Ceiling Phenomenon Differs by Industry
"WASHINGTON - A new study conducted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Glass Ceilings: The Status of Women as Officials and Managers in the Private Sector shows that women now represent about 36 percent of all officials and managers in private sector employment, a seven percent increase over the 12-year period examined."
- incl. info about the Global Colloquium on Creating a Level Playing Field for Women

Complete report:
HTML version
- includes Executive Summary of the report

PDF version
(16.6MB, 42 pages)

Source:
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
(U.S. Govt.)
"The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion or national origin); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which protects workers age 40 and older from discrimination based on age; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits employment discrimination against people with disabilities in the federal sector; Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits employment discrimination against people with disabilities in the private sector and in state and local governments; and sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1991."

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Statistics Canada

Sample reports about women's issues:

October 15, 2009
Study: Family violence and shelters for abused women, 2007
Family violence accounted for about 23% of all police-reported violent crime in 2007. Of the nearly 75,800 incidents of police-reported family violence, about 40,200, or 53%, were violent incidents perpetrated by a current or former spouse or common-law partner. Spousal violence was more likely to occur between current spouses or common-law partners than between former spouses or partners.
- includes two tables:
* Number of violent crimes by sex of victim and relationship to accused in 2007 and
* Number of shelters for abused women by type of facility, Canada, provinces and territories, 2007/2008

[ Complete study : Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2009 ]
The 2009 edition of Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile is a profile of shelters that provide residential services to women and children fleeing abusive situations. The 2009 edition also presents fact sheets, data tables and figures on spousal violence, family violence against children and youth, family violence against seniors aged 65 and older, and family-related homicides. ]

The Evolution of Male-Female Wages Differentials in
Canadian Universities: 1970-2001
(PDF file - 618K, 53 pages)



Canada Customs and Revenue Agency

Child and Family Benefits Page - from the website of the(formerly revenue Canada)
Information about the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the National Child Benefit Also includes information concerning the following related provincial and territorial programs administered by Revenue Canada:

Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit - BC Family Bonus - New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit - Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit - Northwest Territories Child Benefit - Nova Scotia Child Benefit - Nunavut Child Benefit - Saskatchewan Child Benefit - Yukon Child Benefit.



Canadian Heritage

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Ratified by Canada in December 1981.

Complete text of the Convention and Canada's fourth report.



Maternity benefits not available to those who need them most

Richard Shillington
May 2, 2004
"Canada's approach to Maternity Benefits illustrates two disturbing impediments to democracy and effective social policy. Those impediments are control by government officials of data and research to make governments look good, and the three tier nature of Maternity Benefits."

Source:
Straight Goods
(note: the link above is time-limited --- after the article is moved to the Straight Goods archive, you'll be taken to the $ subscription page before you can access this site content)
Straight Goods is a subscription-based online magazine with a decidedly left slant on current events and social issues. Current site content is free, but you must be a subscriber to access most of the older material. If you can afford the $30/yr. subscription fee ($10/yr. for low-income subscribers), this is an excellent resource with an enormous archive of information.

Related Link:

Employment Insurance Changes Needed
Status of Women
May 7, 2004
"Mothers need better support from the federal government to help care for their families, the chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women says in an open letter to Liza Frulla, Minister of Social Development, and Joseph Volpe, Minister of Human Resources Development."
- incl. a copy of the open letter
Source:
Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women
[ Government of Nova Scotia ]


Building Transitions to Good Jobs for low Income Women - Nova Scotia
July 7, 2004
By Stella Lord and Anne Martel
"This report is about low-income women in Nova Scotia and their options for moving out of poverty. It was prepared for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women on the recommendation of its Round Table on Women’s Economic Security. The report focuses on what kind of transition-to-employment strategies and best practices would provide a better foundation to enable women in Nova Scotia to move out of poverty into more stable, well-paid employment."

Complete report (PDF file - 249K, 70 pages)
Summary and Recommendations (PDF file - 150K, 7 pages)

Source:
Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women


Employment Insurance and Women: What You Should Know (PDF - 130K, 6 pages)
[* includes links to nearly three dozen online resources]
April 2009
Table of contents:
1. Fewer Women Qualify
2. Accumulating Those Magic Hours
3. When Caring Conflicts With Work
4. Women’s Benefits Are Low
5. Inadequate Sickness Benefits
6. A Poor Plan For Parents
7. Quebec Parents Have It
8. Inadequate Caregiving Leave
9. What Women Want
10. In Support of Effective Policies
Source:
Source:
New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women
NOTE: the home page contains links to several dozen more reports


A Guide to Government Services for Women (revised October 2003)
Source : Ontario Women's Directorate
- incl. links to and information about two dozen Ontario Government programs and services for women : Human Rights Code - Ontario Housing Corporation - Child Welfare - Employment Standards - Legal Advice - Breast Cancer Screening Program - Long-Term Care - Violence Against Women - Women’s Economic Independence (General - Women and Employment - Entrepreneurship - Education and Training - Training Hotline - Students
[NOTE: Let's hope this is a work in progress - there's no mention of financial assistance programs for either women or students (among other areas). I'd like to suggest the following addendum for their next update...

Welfare program:
Ontario Works (OW) - for eligible people without disabilities 

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) - for eligible people with disabilities
Source : Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services

Student Assistance:
Ontario Student Assistance Program
Source : Ministry of Education / Ministry of Trainining, Colleges and Universities


See also (on separate Canadian Social Research Links pages):
Links to Canadian Women's Non-Governmental Organizations (Social Issues)
Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues




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