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Lest we forget...

Federal Government Cuts to Women's Programs in September 2006
- this link takes you further down on the page you're now reading.

Stephen Harper and Women - YouTube video
What does he have against women??

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

Members, Partners and Friends of FAFIA
- links to dozens of equality-seeking women's organizations in Canada
Source:
Canadian Feminist Alliance
for International Action
(FAFIA)

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NEW

R.I.P. Canadian Women's Health Network / Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://goo.gl/qWpNsd
November 21, 2014
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN) has decided to suspend the activities of the CWHN. This decision, effective Nov. 14, 2014, was not taken lightly. Despite efforts made by the CWHN, the support of partners and donors, and some notable successes along the way, the CWHN has not been able to secure sustainable funds to replace the federal funding that was withdrawn in 2013. The CWHN office is closed and the remaining staff members are being laid off.
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The CWHN was not alone in losing its funding: the end of Health Canada's Women's Health Contribution Program (WHCP) meant that all Centres of Excellence for Women's Health and other partner organizations lost their funding in 2013. Some of these centres have already made the difficult decision to close their doors.

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Version française:
Le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes annonce la suspension de ses activités en raison d'un manque de fonds

(Cliquez le lien ci-dessus --- la version française suit l'anglais.)
Le 21 novembre 2014
Le conseil d'administration du Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes (RCSF) a décidé de suspendre les activités du RCSF. Cette décision, qui a pris effet le 14 novembre dernier, n'a pas été prise à la légère. Malgré tous les efforts du RCSF, quelques réussites notables et le soutien indéfectible de ses donateurs et partenaires, le Réseau n'a pas réussi à remplacer le financement fédéral retiré en 2013. Le bureau du RCSF est fermé et les derniers membres du personnel ont été mis à pied.

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network /
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes

http://www.cwhn.ca/

Less wage discrimination for women, aboriginals, and visible minorities in public sector, not higher salaries overall: study
https://policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/less-wage-discrimination-women-aboriginals-and-visible-minorities-public
October 29, 2014
OTTAWA—Women, aboriginal workers, and visible minority workers experience less wage discrimination in the public sector than in the private sector, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

Narrowing the Gap:
The Difference That Public Sector Wages Make
(PDF - 730K, 30 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/10/Narrowing_the_Gap.pdf
By Kate McInturff and Paul Tulloch
This study compares the wages of full-time public and private sector workers and finds significant gaps in the wages of women, aboriginal workers, and visible minority workers—and that those gaps are bigger in the private sector in every instance.

Table of contents:
* Introduction
* The Gender Gap
* The Education Gap
* The Discrimination Gap
* The Bottom Line
* Appendices
* Notes

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://policyalternatives.ca

Canadian women make half a million dollars less than men over 20 years
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/canadian-women-make-half-million-dollars-less-men-over-20-years
Is this what equality is supposed to look like in the 21st century?
October 29, 2014
Working women earned half a million dollars less than men over the last two decades, according to new study from Statistics Canada. Using tax data linked to 1991 Census data, the agency tracked individuals from 1991, when they were 26 to 35 years old, to 2010, when they were 45 to 54 years old.

What they found:
Men with bachelor degrees earned $1.5 million over two decades while women earned just under a million dollars -- a gap of $544,300 or 36% less than men.
(Click the link above for more Statistics Canada findings)

Source:
PressProgress

http://www.pressprogress.ca/

Brigit's Notes - Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
September 2014 - septembre 2014

http://goo.gl/9qoegY

In this issue:
* Dear friends of the CWHN:
Summer’s over …and we’re still here! Despite only being able to operate on a bare bones budget (deftly managed by our Board’s Finance Committee), we are intent on keeping the CWHN alive. Please remember us generously in your end-of-year giving. You will be rewarded with an income tax receipt and continued current news, information and worthwhile projects from Canada’s only national women’s health network.
* Donation and Zonta Club of Victoria Challenge!
* Healthsharing magazine is online and searchable!
* Featured resources
* Upcoming events/calls
* More...
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Dans cette édition:
* Chères et chers amis du RCSF:
C'est la fin de l'été et nous sommes toujours là ! Malgré le fait que nous soyons obligées de fonctionner avec un budget squelettique (que gère adroitement le comité des finances de notre conseil d'administration), nous sommes déterminées à maintenir le RCSF en vie. Pensez à nous lorsque vous ferez vos dons de fin d'année. En plus de recevoir un reçu pour vos impôts, vous pourrez continuer à vous tenir au courant de l'actualité, découvrir nos projets louables et obtenir des renseignements du seul réseau pancanadien consacré à la santé des femmes.
* Les dons généreux au cours de l'été
* « Healthsharing » en ligne !
* Ressources presentées
* Événements / appels présentés
* Et encore...

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

Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr
Le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes (RCSF) a été créé en 1993 en tant qu'organisme pancanadien bénévole dans le but d'améliorer la santé et la vie des filles et des femmes au Canada et dans le monde entier, et ce, en recueillant, en produisant, en diffusant et en partageant des connaissances, des idées, des données éducatives, de l'information, des ressources, des stratégies et des sources d'inspiration.

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

The Economic Leadership and Prosperity of Canadian Women:
Testimony to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, April 30, 2014
(PDF - 12K, 5 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/05/the_economic_leadership_and_prosperity_of_canadian_women.pdf By Kate McInturff
May 20, 2014
Kate McInturff is a Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She is the director of the CCPA's initiative on gender equality and public policy, Making Women Count, and is an ongoing contributor to the Alternative Federal Budget. The attached document is her testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women from April 30, 2014. Her comments focus mainly on the economic leadership and prosperity of women in Canada.

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The Best and Worst Place to be a Woman in Canada:
An Index of Gender Equality in Canada’s Twenty Largest Metropolitan Areas
(PDF - 717K, 58 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/04/best_and_worst_place_to_be_a_woman_in_canada.pdf
By Kate McInturff
April 23, 2014
This study reveals the best and worst places to be a woman in Canada. It ranks Canada’s 20 largest metropolitan areas based on a comparison of how men and women are faring in five areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education. Among the study’s key findings is the fact that Canada’s big three cities fall in the middle as a group with Montreal in 4th place, Toronto in 6th place, and Vancouver in 13th place.

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Ontario Equal Pay Day Facts
Hennessy’s Index: April 2014
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/facts-infographics/henneseys-index-april-2014
By Trish Hennessy
April 16, 2014

Excerpts:

31.5
Percentage pay gap between men and women in Ontario in 2011, the most recent year of data available, based on average annual earnings.
That’s up from a 28% gender pay gap in 2010.

68.5 cents
How much Ontario working women made in 2011 for every man’s dollar.
That’s down from 72 cents in 2010.

$200
Increase in Ontario men’s average annual earnings between 2010 and 2011. They earned an average of $49,000 in 2011.

$1,400
Decrease in Ontario women’s average annual earnings between 2010 and 2011. They earned an average of $33,600 in 2011.

(...)

Source:
A Growing Concern: Ontario’s Gender Pay Gap
(PDF - 710K, 35 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office%2C%20Ontario%20Office/2014/04/Ont_Equal_Pay_Day.pdf
By Mary Cornish
April 15, 2014
News Release:
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/price-inaction


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Source:
Hennessy's Index
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/index
Hennessy’s Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.
- includes links to all earlier indices

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Ontario's Gender Gap:
Women and Jobs Post-Recession

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/node/12205
By Kate McInturff
March 26, 2014
A recovery strategy that aims to put Ontario back where it was in 2007 means no progress for women. Women had lower levels of employment and higher levels of poverty before, during and after the recession. Young women were among the biggest losers during the recession - experiencing nearly double the rate of decline in their employment as young men. At the other end of the spectrum, the numbers of women who stayed in the workforce after age 65 doubled between 2007-2013. Single mothers with children under six saw the biggest increase (among parents) in their rate of unemployment - from 11% in 2007 to 17% in 2010. What women in Ontario need is a recovery strategy that addresses the gender gap - providing increased security for women and greater stability for the economy.

Complete report:

Ontario’s Gender Gap:
Women and Jobs Post-Recession
(PDF - 356k, 24 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/Ontario%20Office/2014/03/Ontario%27s%20Gender%20Gap%20FINAL.pdf
By Kate McInturff
March 2014
(...)
Removing barriers to women’s participation in paid work and increasing wage equality will lower the rate of poverty and increase economic growth. Simply reducing the gap between men’s and women’s levels of employment by half would contribute an additional $1.4 billion dollars to Ontario’s economy in 2014 alone. What women in Ontario need is a recovery strategy that addresses the gender gap — providing increased security for women and greater stability for the economy.
[Executive Summary, p.6]

Source:
CCPA Ontario Office
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

Disturbing snapshot of women’s shelters : Women’s shelters are caught
between protecting their clients and financing their operations.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/03/18/disturbing_snapshot_of_womens_shelters_goar.html
By Carol Goar
March 18, 2014
Women’s shelters blend so unobtrusively into the streetscape that most people don’t know they’re there. There are 13 in Toronto. Some are Victorian mansions, others are former rooming houses, sanatoriums and suburban homes. Only a handful of women know their location. They guard the information closely to protect residents from vengeful partners, stalkers and predators. But this secrecy creates a dilemma. They can’t give a clear picture of the work they do. They can’t use powerful images to lobby policy-makers. They can’t tell compelling stories in their fundraising appeals.

This month, the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses opened its door a crack. It released the first national survey of emergency shelters in Canada. Seventy per cent of its 350 members participated.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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The survey:

SHELTER VOICES:
A day in the life of Canada’s shelters for women survivors of abuse
(PDF - 340K, 4 pages)
http://endvaw.ca/sites/endvaw.ca/files/cnwsth_shelter_voices_2014_web.pdf
March 2014
ON ONE DAY, 242 SHELTERS IN CANADA HELPED 4,178 WOMEN AND 2,490 CHILDREN.
On this same day, 286 women and 205 children could not be accommodated.
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Shelters identified the following as their three major challenges
* 70% Lack of government funding
* 62% Gaps in services and supports for marginalized women
* 62% Lack of supports when women leave shelters
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
* Affordable and safe housing
* Financial security
* Accessible and responsive legal system

Source:
Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses
http://endvaw.ca/
The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses is a coalition of 12 provincial and territorial shelter networks representing over 350 shelters across Canada. The network works as a unified voice to collaborate, educate, and innovate for systemic change that ends violence against women, making Canada a model for safety in the world.

Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
February 2014 issue
http://goo.gl/HWoHr4
In this issue:
Dear friends of the CWHN
Journalists: Stop blaming women
The case against hormonal contraception
Book review: Sweetening the Pill
Our latest FAQS
Featured resources
Upcoming events/calls

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Dans cette édition:
Chères et chers amis du RCSF
Sans détour : « Journalists: Stop Blaming Women »
Parlons sexualité : la contraception hormonale
Compte rendu : « Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control »
Notre nouvelles FAQ
Ressources presentées
Événements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network :
http://www.cwhn.ca/
Le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes :
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

Making Women Count:
Research that makes a difference in the lives of women in Canada

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/research-makes-difference-lives-women-canada
News Release
September 9, 2013

We are proud to introduce CCPA’s exciting new initiative: Making Women Count—research that makes a difference in the lives of women in Canada. Headed by CCPA Research Associate, Kate McInturff, this project will help us to produce essential research and analysis of the barriers to achieving gender equality and the public policy solutions that will create a more inclusive Canada.

Already, Making Women Count is putting women’s well-being back in the spotlight.
Our report on Canada’s gender gap:
[ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/closing-canadas-gender-gap ]
...received national attention.

CCPA produced one of the only analyses of the impact of the federal budget on women:
[ PDF - http://www.policyalternatives.ca/afb2013chapters/Womens_Equality.pdf ].

Our most recent study, on the high cost of violence against women in Canada:
[ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/gap-gender-gap ]
... contributes to the growing support for a national policy to end violence against women.

And we've only just begun.

Click the link below to read more about the work we’re doing and to find out how you can help support the project.

Making Women Count - the website
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/projects/making-women-count

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
http://goo.gl/yaeZg
Summer 2013 issue
July 2, 2013

In this issue:
Dear friends of the CWHN:
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NOT GOING DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT:
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/46038
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Getting ahead of migraine
Confused about Pap tests?
Book review
Nurses at risk: Listen to our latest webinar
Featured resources
Upcoming events/calls

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Dans cette édition:
Chères et chers amis du RCSF
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LETTRE DE LA DIRECTRICE EXÉCUTIVE
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr/node/46039
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Pour anticiper sur la migraine
Êtes-vous confuse concernant le test Pap?
Les infirmières à risque : Ècoutez l'enregistrement
Ècoutez tous les webinaires de RCSF !
Ressources presentées
Événements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

http://www.cwhn.ca/
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

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Donate to keep CWHN alive and thriving!
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/connect/donate
Support better health for women and girls
As of March 31st, 2013, the CWHN lost the $400,000 of federal funding it has received for most of the last 17 years. WE NEED YOUR HELP MORE THAN EVER. Please be generous and make a donation to the CWHN. Help us continue our vital public services. Trusted health information can protect women’s lives. The Canadian Women’s Health Network has been the independent voice for women’s health for two decades. Through our office, phoneline, workshops, webinars and website, over 360,000 visitors used our resources last year.

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Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
http://goo.gl/9vnjz
June 2013 issue

In this issue:
Dear friends of the CWHN
It was 20 years ago...
Upcoming webinar: Nurses at risk
HPV vaccine: Why aren't Canadians buying in?
Birth control - whose choice?
Featured resources
Upcoming events/calls

Dans cette édition
Chères et chers amis du RCSF
En 2013, le RCSF a 20 ans ...
Webinaire : Les infirmières à risque
Vaccin contre le VPH : pourquoi les Canadiens n'y croient pas?
Méthode contraceptive : le choix de qui?
Ressources presentées
Événements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

http://www.cwhn.ca/
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

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Donate to keep CWHN alive and thriving!
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/connect/donate
Support better health for women and girls
As of March 31st, 2013, the CWHN lost the $400,000 of federal funding it has received for most of the last 17 years. WE NEED YOUR HELP MORE THAN EVER. Please be generous and make a donation to the CWHN. Help us continue our vital public services. Trusted health information can protect women’s lives. The Canadian Women’s Health Network has been the independent voice for women’s health for two decades. Through our office, phoneline, workshops, webinars and website, over 360,000 visitors used our resources last year.

Ontario

Do you know a woman who is being abused?
A Legal Rights Handbook
(for residents of Ontario)
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/handbook
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) is pleased to announce a new edition (current as of February 2013) of this handbook.
Reviewed for accuracy by experienced lawyers in the violence against women sector, this guide offers practical information on issues in family, criminal and other areas of law that women in abusive relationships often face.
The handbook also includes updated referral information for community and legal organizations that work with women experiencing abuse.

Source:
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
http://www.cleo.on.ca/

CLEO Resources by Topic
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/resources-and-publications/resources-topic
* Abuse and Family Violence * Criminal Law * Employment and Work * Family Law * Health and Disability * Housing Law * Immigration and Refugee * Legal System * Social Assistance and Pensions

Browse all CLEO Resources and Publications
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/resources-and-publications/pubs?language=en

Brigit's Notes, April 2013, Letter from the Executive Director
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/BrigitApril2013Letter

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Version française:
Le Bloc-notes de Brigit, avril 2013, lettre de la directrice exécutive
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr/Brigitavril2013lettre
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You’ve been hearing from us for months that our federal funding is coming to an end. That day has come. Effective April 1, we will no longer receive funding from the Women’s Health Contribution Program (WHCP), a program Health Canada set up in 1995 to provide the federal government with policy advice related to women’s health. Those were the days!

The CWHN existed prior to being funded by the WHCP and it will continue to exist as long as we can find ways to keep ourselves sustainable. One of the main roles we have played for the past 18 years has been as the networking and communications arm of the Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health. Sadly they, too, are all losing their federal funding. This means that the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Halifax and the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence in Winnipeg will be closing down operations completely. The two other centres – the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Vancouver and the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health in Toronto – will remain open for a while, in the hope of finding other sources of funding. Ditto for the Réseau québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes in Montréal which has also been a recipient of the WHCP. We will miss working with all these terrific women who gave so much to further the pursuit of research in women’s health. Farewell, sister centres.

Source:
Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
April 2013 issue
http://goo.gl/mrzAZ

In this issue:
Dear friends of the CWHN
Becoming INTERdependent
Hypersexualizing young girls
Women, sex and substance use: chicken and egg?
Racism: A threat to women's health
Featured resources
Upcoming events/calls

Dans cette édition:
Chères et chers amis du RCSF
Devenir INTERdépendante
Le hypersexualisation des jeunes filles
Femmes, sexe et consommation d'alcool et de drogues : l'œuf et la poule?
Des femmes et du racism
Ressources presentées
Événements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

http://www.cwhn.ca/
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

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Donate
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/connect/donate
Support better health for women and girls
Trusted health information can protect women’s lives. The Canadian Women’s Health Network has been the independent voice for women’s health for two decades. Through our office, phoneline, workshops, webinars and website, over 360,000 visitors used our resources last year.

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Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
http://goo.gl/luvGO
March 2013 issue
In this issue:
* Dear friends of the CWHN
* Sexy sells: The marketing of girls' sexuality
* New! Rethinking Women and Healthy Living
* The sticky question of pornography
* Mental health among sexual and gender minority women
* Featured resources
* Upcoming events/calls

Dans cette édition:
* Chères et chers amis du RCSF
* Si c'est sexy, ça se vend bien : le marketing de la sexualité des filles
* De nouvelles pistes sur les modes de vie sains des femmes
* La pornographie : une question delicate
* La santé mentale chez les femmes de minorités sexuelles
* Ressources presentées
* Événements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network
http://www.cwhn.ca/
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

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Donate
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/connect/donate
Support better health for women and girls
Trusted health information can protect women’s lives. The Canadian Women’s Health Network has been the independent voice for women’s health for two decades. Through our office, phoneline, workshops, webinars and website, over 360,000 visitors used our resources last year.
(...)
As of March 31st, 2013, the CWHN will lose the $400,000 of federal funding it has received for most of the last 17 years.
WE NEED YOUR HELP MORE THAN EVER.
Please be generous and make a donation to the CWHN.
Help us continue our vital public services.

Click the link above to donate via PayPal, by mail or by phone.

Brigit's Notes / Bloc-notes de Brigit (November/novembre 2012)
http://goo.gl/cfxxv
In this issue:
* Dear friends of the CWHN
* Spring Talks Sex - New Blog!
* To the Point: Looking My Age
* Women, Gender and Obesity
* Becoming Trauma Informed
* Featured resources
* Upcoming events/calls

Dans cette édition:
* Chères et chers amis du RCSF
* Parlons sexualité avec Lyba - NOUVEAU blogue
* Sans détour : Paraître mon âge
* Les femmes, les influences du genre et l'obésité
* RQASF : blogue sur la santé mentale
* Ressources presentées
* Evènements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network
http://www.cwhn.ca/
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

What cuts will mean for women's health research: Montreal
http://goo.gl/yyDMO
Media release
October 25, 2012 - Directors of six federally-funded women's health organizations slated to lose their funding effective March 2013 will address a national conference of women's health researchers on Monday in Montreal. The funding program on the chopping block was originally set up to carry out policy-based non-clinical research on women's health and to provide action-oriented policy advice reflecting community as well as academic concerns.

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

http://www.cwhn.ca/
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.

B.C. gets “barely passing grade” on women’s equality from Vancouver legal group
http://www.bwss.org/2012/10/b-c-gets-%E2%80%9Cbarely-passing-grade%E2%80%9D-on-women%E2%80%99s-equality-from-vancouver-legal-group/
October 18, 2012
In a report released today, the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund gave a score of C- in its assessment of how B.C. is measuring up to obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women [ http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/ ].

Source:
West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund
http://www.westcoastleaf.org/
West Coast LEAF’s mission is to achieve equality by changing historic patterns of discrimination against women through BC based equality rights litigation, law reform, and public legal education.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

October 14, 2012
Abortion and sex-selective pregnancy termination

Last week's Canadian Social Research Newsletter [ http://goo.gl/T0WZT ] included a video dig by 22 Minutes' Dakey Dunn directed at federal Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose for voting in favour of Motion 312 (to reopen the abortion debate) along with an overview of major dates in the abortion controversy in Canada by Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Within hours of the newsletter's dissemination last Sunday, I received an email from a subscriber who is a senior researcher in a Canadian university. He said that he felt I had a "one-sided approach to abortion-related information."

"This procedure", he pointed out, "kills over 100,000 developing human beings a year in Canada (and this, ironically, in a country that desperately wants and needs immigration). You need to give equal time to those who believe (as the Supreme Court has argued) that the state has a legitimate right in the abortion question."

It is in the spirit of fairness and balance that I therefore present (below) links to two pro-life articles by Margaret Somerville, founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University.

Let’s have the abortion debate
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/have+abortion+debate/7135511/story.html
By Margaret Somerville, August 23, 2012
More than 100,000 abortions are performed in Canada each year. I suggest that we need to recover our sense of amazement, wonder and awe at the creation of new human life and that an in depth discussion about what our law on abortion should be might help us in this regard.

Source:
Ottawa Citizen

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

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The preposterous politics of female feticide
http://goo.gl/xfPXm
By Margaret Somerville
September 28, 2012
Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion to set up an all-party parliamentary committee to discuss when an unborn child becomes a human being was voted down 203-91 this week. But the fact that 30 per cent of the MPs who voted supported the private member’s motion is a victory in defeat for Mr. Woodworth on two fronts. (...) First, most people had expected a far greater rate of rejection and never anticipated that, despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s opposition to it, 10 cabinet members, including Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose, would back the motion. Second, the pro-choice mantra that “there is nothing to discuss” about abortion and that there’s a consensus in Canada with respect to the current status quo of no legal restrictions on abortion at any point in gestation were both shown to be false by the heated discussion, both inside and outside Parliament, that Mr. Woodworth’s motion generated.
So where do we go from here?
Another motion, this one from B.C. Conservative MP Mark Warawa : “That the House condemn discrimination against females occurring through sex-selective pregnancy termination.”
(...)
My prediction is, they (Members of Parliament) might find they’ve jumped out of the frying pan of Mr. Woodworth’s Motion 312 into the fire of Mr. Warawa’s Motion 408 [ http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/27/mark-warawa-motion-408-abortion_n_1920769.html ].

Source:
Globe and Mail
http://theglobeandmail.com/

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I don't remember exactly when I first started supporting women's right to choose what happens to their body - probably back in my university days in the late 1960s and early 70s in the middle of that whole debate about equality, rights and freedoms - but I continue to support that cause today, within acceptable medical protocols and in conjunction with a school program of sex education and family planning. I'm only human, however, and there are times when I pause to dwell upon the lost potential in human achievement. I recently read an opinion column in the St.Catharines Standard that sums up my dual view on the whole abortion debate.
Here's an excerpt:

"Look, I’m not going to pretend I have some easy, comfortable answer to the abortion question. There is nothing easy nor comfortable about it. I quite agree with Christopher Hitchens who once said it’s impossible not to regard a fetus as a candidate member of the species. I also agree with Sam Harris who correctly points out that a mass of cells with no nervous system and no sentience, isn’t a person."

As a rule, I try not to push my views on others in my site and newsletter, except with respect to social justice and progressive social policy. I'm aware that there are *some* topics - "800-lb gorillas in the room", such as the war on drugs, abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty, to mention but a few - that can polarize a room full of otherwise like-minded people in a heartbeat. I decided long ago to utilize my discretionary time searching out and sharing online social research resources vs engaging in debates about those above-noted factious topics and others. I'll try to stick to that decision and that focus in the future...
If you have any opinions (pro or con) that you wish to share with the world on the subject of abortions or other controversial topics, please seek out a more appropriate online forum. This site and newsletter will stick to The Plan : to provide a comprehensive, current and balanced collection of links to Canadian social program information for those who formulate Canadian social policies and for those who study and critique them.
Gilles


22 Minutes' Dakey Dunn Talks Rona Ambrose (video, duration 2:31)
http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/videos/clips/dakey-dunn-talks-rona-ambrose.html
The CBC's Mary Walsh revives her character Dakey Dunn from 22 Minutes to tell us how s/he feels about Minister Rona Ambrose (Status of Women) voting to re-open the abortion debate.
[Around the 2:10 mark of the video:
"In every portfolio, she's always managed to keep her foot in her mouth and her head stuck right up her arse all at the same time.
Yes, God love 'er!"]

Right on, Mary --- I mean Dakey!!

Source:
22 Minutes : http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/
CBC : http://www.cbc.ca/

Abortion and Women’s Rights
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/abortion-and-womens-rights
By Trish Hennessy
October 1, 2012
This month's issue of Hennessy's Index provides a timeline overview of major dates in the abortion controversy in Canada - from 1892, the year parliament “criminalized the distribution and advertisement of contraceptives (and) abortion became recognized as a crime punishable by life imprisonment", to 1995, when abortion was deemed a medically necessary procedure by the federal government.
- also includes a half-dozen compelling numerical factoids about abortion and the vote in Parliament on Motion 312 which would revive the abortion debate, e.g.,:
***** 74 : Number of women MPs in Canada. Only seven of them voted in favour of Motion 312"
***** 87 : Number of Conservative MPs who voted in support of Motion 312 – that’s 53 per cent of the federal Conservative caucus.

Source:
Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number
http://policyalternatives.ca/index
Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.
- includes links to earlier issues of Hennessy's Index

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.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/

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NOTA : Les liens en français suivent les liens anglais ci-dessous.

Where do YOU draw the line? New website on sexual violence
http://www.draw-the-line.ca/about
A dynamic new (May 2012) website aims to engage Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence. ‘Draw The Line’ was launched in May 2012 by Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes and the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. The site is an interactive campaign that aims to engage Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively. One in three Canadian women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. It is time for Ontario to draw the line. We must work together to make our communities safer.

Click the link above for more information about this campaign, or click the link below to access the website.

Draw The Line
http://www.draw-the-line.ca/

Sources:

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes
[ http://francofemmes.org/aocvf/ ]
[French only]

and

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
[ http://www.sexualassaultsupport.ca/ ]
For 30 years, the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) has been working in the province and across Canada to address and end sexual violence in our communities. The OCRCC was formed in the mid-1970s as a communication network for Rape Crisis/Sexual Assault Centres. It provides information sharing in policy stances, funding and lobbying efforts for centres, and acts as an advisory body to governments, community groups and other organizations.

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Version française:

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Traçons-les-limites
http://www.tracons-les-limites.ca/pourquoi
Traçons-les-limites est une campagne interactive et dynamique lanc/e en mai 2012 qui vise à engager les Ontariennes et les Ontariens dans un dialogue sur la violence à caractère sexuel. Le site est une collaboration d'Action ontarienne contre la violence fait aux femmes et l'Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres.
La campagne veut défaire les mythes sur la violence à caractère sexuel et informer l’entourage sur les façons d’intervenir efficacement en toute sécurité. Au Canada, une femme sur trois vivra une forme ou une autre de violence à caractère sexuel au cours de sa vie. Il est temps que les Ontariennes et Ontariens tracent les limites. Nous devons travailler ensemble à rendre nos collectivités plus sécuritaires.

Cliquez le lien ci-dessus pour plus de renseignements au sujet de cette campagne, ou cliquez le lien ci-dessous pour accéder directement à la page d'accueil du site.

Traçons-les-limites
http://www.tracons-les-limites.ca/

Sources:

Action ontarienne contre la violence fait aux femmes
[ http://francofemmes.org/aocvf/ ]

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF), fondée en 1988 par les intervenantes de première ligne qui avaient identifié le besoin d’un organisme provincial, est un regroupement d'organismes qui travaillent à défaire l'oppression vécue par les femmes. AOcVF prône l'action par la coopération afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des femmes francophones de l'Ontario, dans leur diversité.

et

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
http://www.draw-the-line.ca/about
[Anglais seulement]

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The above links and information were found in:

Brigit's Notes - September 2012
http://goo.gl/T5K6z
NOTA : La version française ("Le bloc-notes de Brigit") suit l'anglais, sur la même page.

Table of contents:
* Dear friends of the CWHN
* GET THE WORD OUT! (postcard project aimed at raising awareness about breast cancer prevention)
* Webinar: Endocrine disruptors in the workplace
* Book review: I Feel Great About My Hands
* Film review: Programmed to be Fat
* Featured resources
--- Not a flower shop: Exploring breast cancer risk and gender bias
--- Liberation! Helping women quit smoking: A brief tobacco-intervention guide
--- New Ontario Pap test guidelines: Start at age 21
--- Where do YOU draw the line? New website on sexual violence
* Upcoming events/calls

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network /
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes

http://cwhn.ca/

From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees
:

Federal Budget 2012: Women’s rights suffer significant setbacks under Harper majority
http://cupe.ca/economics/federal-budget-2012-womens-rights
May 8, 2012
The federal government promised that one of the priorities of the federal budget budget would be “supporting families and communities”. Unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives have failed miserably on this front, especially when it comes to the women and girls of Canada. Women continue to face a number of challenges in the labour force. Women rely heavily on public services. They often hold precarious jobs, with less pay than their male counterparts. A lack of affordable, quality child care also places an extra burden on mothers of young children. Senior women are among the poorest in the country.
Includes:
*
OAS and GIS cuts
*
No child care
*
Cuts to services and jobs
*
Tax cuts for rich corporations
This federal budget has done nothing to improve the lives of women and girls. For many, it has made life worse. We need a federal presence to achieve equality for women, not abandon it.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
http://cupe.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 ]

[Ontario] POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-Based Report)
http://www.powerstudy.ca/
The POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-Based Report), examined access, quality, and outcomes of care across the province using a comprehensive set of evidence-based indicators for the leading causes of disease and disability in the province and how they varied by sex, income, ethnicity and where one lives. Researchers are also providing the government with indicators and a 10–point road map (see attached) to reduce health inequities among men and women.

Researchers urge action to improve health of all Ontarians : Authors of women’s
health report develop 10-point Health Equity Road Map to move health equity forward
(PDF - 116K, 4 pages)
http://www.powerstudy.ca/sites/powerstudy.ca/files/ch_12_media_release.pdf
February 28, 2012
Media release
Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) released findings of a six-year long women’s health report they say provides government and health system players with the evidence and tools they need to drive reform to improve the health of women and men across Ontario.

Related link:

Women in the dark about massive Ontario study of female health
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1142057
March 6, 2012
By Carol Goar
It took six years, 60 researchers and $4.3 million. Finally, the most comprehensive study of women’s health ever done in Ontario — possibly anywhere — is complete. The concluding chapter — a 10-point road map to health equity — was released last week at St. Michael’s Hospital at a celebration featuring speeches, congratulations and assurances by Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews that the information in the massive tome would be put to good use. There’s one problem: The POWER (Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report) study has received so little attention that most women don’t know it exists. Neither do their doctors.
Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com

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/

From the
Canadian Women's Health Network
:

Brigit's Notes, October 2011
[ Version française ]
In this issue:
* CWHN welcomes our new executive director
* Raise a stink about pink!
* Quebec's questionable HPV vaccine campaign
* Listen to the webinar - Eating disorders, race and gender
* Listen to the webinar - The myth of osteoporosis
* New CWHN primer - Women, Disasters, Epidemics and Health
* Ontario’s Rural and Northern Health Care Framework: How can it better reflect women’s needs?
* New report - Understanding and Improving Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health in Canada
* Québec is asked to recognize environmental sensitivities
* New feminist health clinic in Ottawa seeks staff

Brigit's Notes, September 2011
[ Version française ]
In this issue:
* Webinar - CWHN and NEDIC present: Eating disorders, race and gender
* See the latest issue of Network online!
* PhotoVoice manual now available from PWHCE
* New opportunities for trainees from IGH
* Get serious about older women's health!
* Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health "Claiming Our Moral Agency"
* Our Bodies, Our Future: Advancing Health and Human Rights for Women and Girls
* Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder It's a Matter of Justice!
* The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives
* Read about Women's Worlds 2011

Brigit's Notes, June 2011
[ Version française ]
In this issue:
* See the new online tool on Coalescing on Women and Substance Use website
* New! Every Woman Matters: A Report on Accessing Primary Health Care for Black Women and Women of Colour in Ontario
* Is your sunscreen protecting you? Find out with the new sunscreen database
* How safe is that medication during pregnancy?
* Is Prozac a feminist drug?
* Intersections – the Spring newsletter from the Institute of Gender and Health
* Apply to host a Gender, Sex and Health Café Scientifique
* Two new YWCA Canada reports released on the state of women
*National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health - Environmental Scan 2010
* New Canadian Virtual Health Library online

[ Earlier issues of Brigit's Notes - more or less \monthly, back to February 2010 ]

Join the mailing list to receive Brigit's Notes by email as soon as it is posted

Source:
Brigit's Notes: Women's Health E-bulletin
[ version française :
Le Bloc-notes de Brigit : Babillard électronique foisonnant de nouvelles en santé des femmes
]
Brigit's Notes is an electronic bulletin full of great women's health news. This monthly bulletin will keep you informed about what's new on the the CWHN web site, including new policy initiatives, research, calls for submissions, events and conferences, new resources and updates on women's health issues and activism.

[ Canadian Women's Health Network:
Sharing information, resources and strategies, and building links to improve women's health.]
[ Le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes ]

The war on women: Gender-based citizenship rights and the Conservative Party of Canada
1 Jun 2011
Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to map out the erosion of gender-based citizenship rights in Canada since 2006.

MORE research, policy & practice

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

New Brunswick Advisory Council
on the Status of Women (NB-ACSW) : Abolished April 1?

The provincial government has announced the end of our Advisory Council on the Status of Women, effective 1 April, 2011. The role of the Advisory Council, as stated in the law that created us, is to bring before the government and the public matters of interest and concern to women, and to advise the Minister. This proud mandate was given to us by New Brunswick women.

Save Our Advisory Council
March 27
Women’s groups have started this blog to raise public awareness and support for reinstating the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
About the Issue
During his election campaign, David Alward promised that, if elected, he would consult with the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Then he released the 2011 provincial budget, which abolishes the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, effective April 1st.

Motion to Reinstate the NB ACSW
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Victor Boudreau, introduced a motion in the Legislative Assembly last week calling for the reinstatement of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The motion will be debated in the Legislature this coming Thursday, March 31st.

See also:

Advisory Council on the Status of Women - English home page
Conseil consultatif sur la condition de la famille - Page d'accueil en français

NEW





NOTE:
The rest of this page is organized in alphabetical order of the organization names.

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) is the only nation-wide political pro-choice group devoted to ensuring abortion rights and access for women. We formed in October 2005 to carry out political and educational work to support reproductive rights and health.

Against the “Unborn Victims of Crime Act”
[ version française ]
By the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
February 9, 2008
A private member's bill called The "Unborn Victims of Crime Act" (C-484) has been introduced by Conservative MP Ken Epp (Edmonton Sherwood Park). It had its first hour of debate in Parliament on December 13, and is projected to come up for its second hour of debate on February 29, with a vote on March 5. The bill would amend the Criminal Code to allow separate homicide charges to be laid in the death of a fetus when a pregnant woman is attacked. If passed, this bill would be an unconstitutional infringement on women’s rights, and would likely result in harms against pregnant women. It is a key step towards re-criminalizing abortion, but it could also criminalize pregnant women for behaviours perceived to harm their fetuses.
* Complete Hansard text of the debate
* Complete text of the Bill
* MP Ken Epp's website
(includes links to over a dozen related resources)

Read and sign the petition to
oppose the Unborn Victims of Crime Act
- I did (#1182 in the list).

Write to your MP (sample letter, includes a link to the complete list of MPs and their contact info)

Source:
Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
[ Coalition pour la droit à l'avortement au Canada ]
The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) is the only nation-wide political pro-choice group devoted to ensuring abortion rights and access for women.

Counterpoint:

Unborn Victims of Crime Act is Just Plain Common Sense
The purpose of this bill is to recognize that there are two victims in some crimes – the mother and the child.
(...) Currently in Canada, when an attacker kills a pregnant woman’s unborn child, no charge can be laid in that child’s death, even when the attacker purposely intended to kill the child. The attacker is only charged with injury to the mother. This is because our criminal law does not recognize children as victims of crime until they are born alive. This is a huge gap in federal law and a cause for grave injustice...
Source:
Christianity.ca - Canada's Christian Community Online

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Petition to Oppose Bill C-484 : Forum
If you have strong views on the issue of abortion - either pro-choice or pro-life - you'll likely feel strongly one way or the other about C-484.
If you wish to share your views on Bill C-484 with me one way or the other, please don't email me directly because I definitely don't have the time or the inclination to engage in one-on-one email debates.
www.gopetition.com (the online petition service) offers forums to complement the petitions that groups and individuals post online.
Click the Petition link above to access the "Oppose C-484" forum; you can click on any message that's posted there to read it, e.g., "I Oppose Bill C-484" (by Gilles Seguin), and reply to or comment on any message --- all anonymously, if you wish.
I've always believed a woman's right to choose is a fundamental human right.
You can agree or disagree, but please do it in the forum, not in my Inbox.
Merci.
Gilles

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Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Canada, Bill C-484 "
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

Related reading from Wikipedia:

Pro-Choice - Abortion rights
Pro-life - rights of the unborn fetus


Advocates for Community-Based Training and Education for Women
(ACTEW)
"A Women's Training Community"

ACTEW is an umbrella group of agencies and programs delivering employment and training services to women in Ontario. ACTEW distributes information regarding labour force development policy, consults with various levels of government, conducts research projects designed to enhance our understanding of the training and education terrain, and advocates for women's access to quality employment and training services. Our mission is to promote and support community-based training opportunities for women.

- incl. links to : About ACTEW - Contact Us - Board of Directors - Our History - ACTEW's Public Education - Current Projects - ACTEW Publications - CCLOW Publications - Other Publications - ACTEW Members - Becoming an ACTEW Member - What is Community-Based Training? - Web Site Sponsors and Credits
-Resources - great collection!!

Amnesty International

Amnesty International Report 2006 ($)
- incl. links to: Regional Overview [including Canada, see the link below] • Asia-Pacific • Europe and Central Asia • Middle East and North Africa) - Key Issues (Arms Control, International Justice, Displaced People, Stop Violence Against Women [see the link below], Death Penalty) - Secretary General's Message - The Search for Human Security - What does AI do?

Stop violence against women:
WOMEN’S RIGHT TO FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE
Some 3,000 representatives from governments and women’s and human rights organizations came together in New York in March 2005 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Beijing UN World Conference on Women and to assess progress towards fulfilling the Beijing Declaration and Program for Action. While governments unanimously reaffirmed the commitments they had made a decade ago, they failed to make further pledges to promote and protect women’s human rights. This failure was in part the result of a retrogressive attack on women’s human rights that has become evident over the past few years. This attack, especially regarding women’s sexual rights and reproductive rights, was led by conservative US-backed Christian groups and supported by the Holy See and some member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The attacks on women’s rights, the changed global security context and the lack of will by states to implement international human rights standards formed the backdrop against which AI continued throughout 2005 to join with women’s groups around the world to promote women’s human rights.

Regional Overview : Canada
"Indigenous women and girls continued to suffer a high level of discrimination and violence. There were concerns that counter-terrorism practices did not conform to human rights obligations. More..."

All Amnesty International Documents on Canada - links to 55 reports

Right of Choice:
It's In Our Hands: Stop Violence Against Women

Amnesty International Report 2006
July 10, 2006
From birth to death, in times of peace as well as war, women face discrimination and violence at the hands of the state, the community and the family. Female infanticide deprives countless women of life itself. Every year, millions of women are raped by partners, relatives, friends and strangers, by employers and colleagues, security officials and soldiers. Women, children and men suffer from violence inflicted in the home, but the overwhelming majority of victims are women and girls. During armed conflicts, violence against women is often used as a weapon of war, in order to dehumanize the women themselves, or to persecute the community to which they belong.
Source:
DAWN-Ontario (DisAbled Women's Network-Ontario)

Canada: Indifference to the safety of Indigenous women must end
Press Release
October 4, 2004
"Canadian officials have too long ignored the threat to Indigenous women in Canadian towns and cities. Many are missing, some have been murdered and Canadian authorities are not doing enough to stop the violence, says Amnesty International in a report, Stolen Sisters: A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada, released today."

Stolen Sisters: Discrimination and Violence
Against Indigenous Women in Canada
A Summary of Amnesty International’s Concerns
"Indigenous women and girls deserve the protection of Canadian authorities and Canadian society. The failure to provide that protection is a personal tragedy for their families who have lost sisters, daughters and mothers to racist and sexist violence. It is also a human rights tragedy."

BC Coalition of Women's Centres
"The mission of the BC Coalition of Women's Centres is to seek an end to the violence, poverty and other human rights abuses experienced by women in British Columbia, by supporting and promoting both independent and coordinated social change action among women's centres and other equity-seeking organizations."
- incl. links to :
Action! [Grade the BC Government on Prevention of Violence Against Women | Get the FAMOUS Women's Bucks | Operation: Application | contact MLAs | links]
Archives IMPACT of BC Cuts on Women | Silent protest of BC women's minister | Prevention of Violence Report Card for BC Gov't | Alert to UN: BC's Human Rights violations]
Info [contact information | BCCWC mission and values | find a women's centre in your community]
Media
More...
Site Map

Losing Ground: The Effects of Government Cutbacks
on Women in British Columbia, 2001 – 2005
(PDF file - 257K, 35 pages)
March 2005
By Gillian Creese & Veronica Strong-Boag
"The Liberal record in office in British Columbia over the last four years has been dismal for women, especially for those who are Aboriginal, women of colour, immigrants and refugees, with disabilities, lesbian, single mothers, poor and/or elderly. On every policy front examined in this report – caring work, health, welfare, education and training, employment, access to justice, and women’s advocacy – legislation and policies enacted by the Liberals have tossed equality and justice overboard."
Report prepared for :
BC Coalition of Women's Centres
Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations
[ University of British Columbia ]
BC Federation of Labour

Related Links:

British Columbia Moves Backwards on Women’s Equality (PDF file - 174K, 40 pages)
Submission of the B.C. CEDAW Group to the United Nations Committee
on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
on the occasion of the Committee’s review of Canada’s 5th Report
January 23, 2003

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
- includes links to over a dozen official Canadian and U.N. CEDAW documents online
Source:
Canadian Heritage

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
- from Status of Women Canada

IMPACT of BC Government Cutbacks on Women
Updated July 9, 2002
"Elimination of Women's Rights = Violence Against Women and Children | Cuts to Income = Increased Poverty | Cuts to Health = Increased Risk | Cuts to Housing = Homelessness | Elimination of Justice = Violation of Human Rights | Elimination of Right to Education and Training"

Beijing and Beyond "The Women of the World are Watching"
"The Global Week of Action: Beijing and Beyond is an opportunity for everyone to get involved, apply pressure on their governments, demand women's human rights, and celebrate achievements."

Resources List

Beverley Smith's Page
In May 1997 a Canadian homemaker, Beverley Smith, laid an official complaint at the United Nations that Canada discriminates against homemakers in its tax, divorce and childcare laws and in Statistics Canada studies.
"Beverley Smith is a long-time researcher and activist promoting equality for all roles for men and women, paid and unpaid, and for the state to value the family side of the career family balance. (...) working to get a fairer tax climate to all kids, and all ways to raise them, addressing child poverty in a way that shows no favoritism for lifestyle or career choice"

Related Link:

Recent Developments in Caregiving - free newsletter by Beverley Smith (also available by subscription). Each issue includes recent news and information on a wide range of topics, including the positive effects of good care, the negative effects of bad care, caregiving research, the characteristics of caregivers, child and parent health, career trends, family finances, legal and political, and much more...

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
"CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies which works with, and on behalf of, women involved with the justice system, particularly women in conflict with the law. Elizabeth Fry Societies are community based agencies dedicated to offering services and programs to marginalized women, advocating for legislative and administrative reform and offering fora within which the public may be informed about, and participate in, aspects of the justice system which affect women."
- large site, easy to navigate, incl. information about CAEFS, programs and services, conferences, fact sheets, annual reports, issue papers (Human Rights - Battered Women - Women’s Prisons - Young Women - Restorative Justice - Literacy), responses to proposed legislative changes - related Internet sources on prison issues and violence against women

More Promises to Women Not Kept
Press Release
March 8, 2005
"The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS), Native Women's Association of Canada Strength in Sisterhood Society and Women 4 Justice are alarmed at what they consider to be tacit acceptance by the Canadian Human Rights Commission of the relative inaction of the Correctional Service of Canada. Four years ago today, CAEFS and NWAC, supported by more than 25 other national and international organizations, urged the CHRC to conduct a systemic review and issue a special report regarding the discriminatory treatment of federally sentenced women at the hands of the Canadian government."
Source:
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS)
Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)
Strength in Sisterhood Society (SIS)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic environmental justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.

Selected website content:

Recession sidelines polices to address women’s poverty: study
Press Release
September 1, 2009
OTTAWA—Canada still has shockingly high rates of women’s poverty but the recession seems to have sidelined anti-poverty policies, says a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Women’s Poverty and the Recession reveals even after taking into account government transfers and tax credits, almost one-quarter(24%) of Canadian women raising children on their own and 14% of single older women are poor, compared to 9 % of children. “Child poverty seems to win political points but Canadian governments are ignoring the very real and private struggle of women on their own who are living in poverty at shockingly high levels,” says CCPA Research Associate Monica Townson.

Complete report:

Women’s Poverty and the Recession (PDF - 662K, 54 pages)
September 2009
By Monica Townson
"(...) In Canada, the groups most vulnerable to poverty are Canadians from racialized communities, recent immigrants (many of whom are also from racialized communities), Aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities. Most of these groups have much higher rates of poverty than the general population. But in all the vulnerable groups, poverty rates for women are higher than those for men.

Related media links:

Women: Poorest of the poor
September 5, 2009
By Monica Townson
Only 9 per cent of all Canadians were considered poor in 2007. It was the lowest rate of low income in 30 years. But that was before the recession hit last fall. We don't yet have income data for 2008 but, if past experience is anything to go by, poverty rates will go up again as declining economic growth shows up in the numbers. And that's bad news for women, whose high rates of poverty remain unaddressed.
Source:
Toronto Star

Bid to tackle women's poverty sidelined
Policy centre puts the blame on recession
By Norma Greenaway
September 2, 2009
OTTAWA — Efforts to address poverty in Canada, especially the "shockingly high" rates suffered by many women, seem to have been sidelined by the economic recession, says a report being released Wednesday. The report, prepared by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, urged federal and provincial governments to rework their initiatives for coping with the recession to pay particular attention to women struggling to raise children on their own.
Source:
Global News (TV)

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Women shut out of Employment Insurance: Study
November 22, 2007
By Monica Townson & Kevin Hayes
[ version française du Communiqué ]
TORONTO – Most women are getting shut out of Employment Insurance (EI) coverage in Canada, says a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The gap between men's and women’s EI coverage is significant: 40 percent of unemployed men received EI benefits in 2004 while only 32 percent of unemployed women did. “Essentially, two in every three working women who pay into EI don’t receive a single penny in benefits if they lose their jobs,” says CCPA Research Associate Monica Townson, who co-authored Women and The Employment Insurance Program with Kevin Hayes.

Complete study:

Women and the Employment Insurance Program (PDF file - 796K, 40 pages)
Version française:
Les femmes et le programme d'assurance-emploi (fichier PDF - 781 Ko, 40 pages)

Related link:

Employment Insurance short-changes women, study suggests
November 21, 2007
Canadian women are being unfairly short-changed by the country's Employment Insurance system, which was made more restrictive a decade ago and now boasts a multibillion-dollar surplus, a study concludes. The study for the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, to be released today, finds the qualification requirements for EI have left many women who lose their jobs out of pocket despite having paid their fair share of premiums.
Source:
The Toronto Star

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In for the Long Haul: Women’s Organizations in Manitoba - PDF File - 199 K, 24 pages)
August 16, 2005
"Just as women in Manitoba have done for decades past, feminist and women’s organizing for cultural, economic, political, and social change continues unabated. Indeed, many of the issues remain the same as during the second wave women’s movement. Although there may not be a province-wide group mobilizing women under one banner, this study has demonstrated that there is a substantial amount of activity taking place across a wide range of issues emanating from diverse perspectives and experiences."
Source:
Manitoba Office Publications
[ Manitoba Office ]
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ]

A Report Card on Women and Poverty
Monica Townson
April 5, 2000

Press Release
Full Report (PDF file, 75K, 17 pages)

Commentary(Monica Townson)


Canadian Council on Social Development

Bringing Down the Barriers: The Labour Market and Women with Disabilities in Ontario
Canadian Council on Social Development

May 2, 2000

Communiqué
Highlights Brochure
Resource People
Full Report


Canadian Federation of University Women
Founded in 1919, The Canadian Federation of University Women is a voluntary, nonpartisan, non-profit, self-funded bilingual organization of 10,000 women university graduates. CFUW members are active in public affairs, working to raise the social, economic, and legal status of women, as well as to improve education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights.

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action - Alliance canadienne féministe pour l'action internationale (AFAI)
FAFIA is an alliance of over 40 Canadian women's equality-seeking non-governmental organizations formed in February 1999 at a national consultation of women's organizations held in Ottawa.

Sample content from FAFIA:

From the
Canadian Feminist
Alliance for International Action (FAFIA):

Reality Check: Women in Canada and the Beijing Declaration
and Platform for Action Fifteen Years On, a Canadian Civil Society Response
(PDF - 314K, 40 pages)
February 22, 2010
Table of contents:
Part One: Overall Achievements and Obstacles
Part Two: Critical Areas of Concern:
* Women and Poverty * Women and Education and Training * Violence Against Women * Women and Armed Conflict * Women and the Economy * Women And Politics * Women and the Environment * The Girl-Child
Part Three: Gender Architecture in Canada
Part Four: Key Challenges and Plans for the Future

No Action: No Progress (PDF - 1MB, 27 pages)
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action
Report on Canada's Progress in Implementing Priority Recommendations made by
the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2008

February 2010

Related news release:

Canada Ignores Women’s Human Rights
February 2, 2010
(Ottawa) Canada is ignoring the basic human rights of the poorest and most vulnerable Canadian women, says the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) in a new report issued today. No Action: No Progress assesses Canada’s response to priority recommendations that were made by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women after its review of Canada in 2008.

Source:
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)
The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action is a dynamic coalition of over 75 Canadian women’s equality-seeking and related organizations. FAFIA’s mandate is to further women’s equality in Canada through domestic implementation of its’ international human rights commitments.

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From WomenWatch (United Nations):

Beijing +15
Fifteen-year review of the implementation of the
Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the
outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000)
March 1-12, 2010
New York
In March 2010, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly. Emphasis will be placed on the sharing of experiences and good practices, with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges, including those related to the Millennium Development Goals. Member States, representatives of non-governmental organizations and of UN entities will participate in the session. A series of parallel events will provide additional opportunities for information exchange and networking.

Also from WomenWatch:

Online discussions on the Critical Areas of Concern
The Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality invites you to participate in online discussions on the Critical Areas of Concern as a contribution to the 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women from 1-12 March, 2010. (...) The online discussions provide a forum for individuals, groups and networks not able to attend the Commission on the Status of Women to contribute to the review.

The Beijing Declaration
and Platform for Action

Beijing, China
September 1995
Action for Equality, Development and Peace

Source:
WomenWatch
WomenWatch is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system.

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Government response to the recommendations
issued by the Standing Committee on the Status of Women
(PDF file - 651K, 19 pages)
(Files posted to the Web September 20, 2006)
- Responses from the federal government to the recommendations issued by the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women on the 19th of May (see the link to "Third Report..." below).
- The recommendations by the Committee address pay equity, parental benefits, gender based analysis, and Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program.
Source:
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)
[ Alliance canadienne féministe pour l'action internationale (AFAI)]
FAFIA is an alliance of over 40 Canadian women's equality-seeking non-governmental organizations formed in February 1999 at a national consultation of women's organizations held in Ottawa.
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Excerpt from the FAFIA website home page on September 24:
"Great news! FAFIA has just received word that its funding application has been approved! NAWL's funding application has also been approved. We are very pleased and wish to thank the Minister for her attention to this application." [ go to the FAFIA home page for links to more related content...]
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Related Links:

Third Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women ( Recommendations Only)
(Adopted by the Committee on May 16, 2006; Presented to the House on May 19, 2006)

Complete Report:

Funding through the Women's Program: Women's Groups Speak Out
Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women
(including recommendations)
Anita Neville, M.P.
Chair
May 2005
NOTE: this is one of those infuriating online reports from the Canadian Parliament website that has a teeny-tiny "
NEXT PAGE >>" link at the bottom right-hand corner of each page that you must click (IF you notice it in the first place) to open the next page. Don't despair - here's a link to the Table of Contents, where you'll find hyperlinks to all sections of the report.

Source:
House of Commons Standing
Committee on the Status of Women

Two women's groups receive funding for one year
September 22, 2006
Canadian Press
OTTAWA -- A pair of women's groups that had prepared to close their doors for fear of cuts by the Conservative government learned Friday their federal funding has been secured for at least another year. The National Association of Women and the Law and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action had both taken steps to scale down their operations because of unusual delays in getting approvals for their funding.
Source:
CTV

The Federal Government must Renew the Women's Program!
September 14, 2006
- incl. : Intro * The Women`s Program * Standing Committee on the Status of Women Recommendations to improve the Women's program * The Context : women's inequality remains deeply entrenched * A Lack of Political Will to Address the problem * And this was Brought to you by the Women's Movement * Past Federal Acknowledgment of the Important Role played by Women's Groups * International support for the funding of Women's Groups * Conclusion

Source:
DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network

To Improve Federal/Provincial Fiscal Arrangements, Federal Social Transfer Must be Strengthened, Say Women’s Groups
News Release
April 11, 2006
"Ottawa: While Premiers meet in Montreal today to discuss the “fiscal imbalance”, FAFIA, a broad alliance of women’s and human rights groups, is calling on governments to strengthen social programs and services for Canadians in all jurisdictions."

Strengthening the Canada Social Transfer: A Call to Account (PDF file - 130K, 23 pages)
April 2006
- incl. Introduction - The Canada Social Transfer and Women’s Human’s Rights - The National Context for the Canada Social Transfer - Funding Formulas, Designations and Standards - Implementation, Monitoring and Accountability
"FAFIA (the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action) looks forward to a revitalization of the Canadian social union and to reengagement by governments in the work of developing and sustaining social programs and services that meet Canada’s human rights commitments."

Backgrounder (Word file - 39K, 2 pages)

FAFIA's Position on Child care
March 2006
FAFIA encourages the federal government to keep the agreed upon deals between the federal government and provinces to develop Canada's provision of early learning and childcare.

JOIN FAFIA in supporting a national child care program in Canada
March 8, 2006
FAFIA is focusing on the status of Canada’s national child care program for International Women’s Day. To this end, we are inviting all of our members to sign onto an open letter from a FAFIA partner organization, the Childcare Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC). It asks the Prime Minister, other federal party leaders and the provincial premiers to honor the existing childcare agreements between federal and provincial/territorial governments.

Women's Civil and Political Rights in Canada 2005
The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee
on the occasion of its review of Canada’s 5th report on compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
September 2005
Introduction - HTML
Full Report (PDF file - 179K, 55 pages)

Civil and Political Rights in British Columbia 2005
The Poverty and Human Rights Centre submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee
on the occasion of its review of Canada’s 5th report on compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
October 2005
Introduction
Full Report (PDF file - 140K, 48 pages)
Source:
Poverty and Human Rights Centre

Related Links from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:

Human Rights Committee Opens 85th Session
Press Release
17 October 2005
"The Human Rights Committee, which reviews the implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its 153 States parties, this morning opened its eighty-fifth session, hearing an address by a Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, following which it adopted its agenda and programme of work."

Human Rights Committee - "Monitoring civil and political rights"
The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.

Human Rights Committee
85th Session (17 October - 3 November 2005)

Geneva

From WomenWatch*:
[*WomenWatch offers United Nations Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women]

Forty-Ninth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
Beijing +10 (United Nations, New York, 28 February to 11 March 2005)
- meeting of high level representatives from 100+ UN Member States and thousands of NGO representatives to review progress made since the Fourth World Congress on Women held in Beijing in 1995. The Ten-Year Review and Appraisal are part of the 49th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Official Documents for the Commission on the Status of Women 49th Session

Review and Appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
and the Outcome Document of the Twenty-third Special Session of the General Assembly

A Decade of Going Backwards: Canada in the Post-Beijing Era
Beijing+10 UN shadow report
February 25, 2005
"This shadow report provides a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s progress on the commitments it made to women’s equality ten years ago in Beijing.

Beijing+10 Research and Resources

Ten Years of Federal Budgets:
Double Whammy for Women

Press Release
"OTTAWA – February 3, 2005 – Federal fiscal choices have done little to improve most women's economic security over the last 10 years, says the first ever analysis of federal budgets on Canadian women. The ground-breaking report, released today in Ottawa by the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, tracks a decade of federal budgets. Written by award-winning economist Armine Yalnizyan, it measures the federal government's performance against the explicit commitments it made to gender equality in Beijing in 1995. It shows that massive spending cuts unduly hurt women in the deficit era and women's interests have been largely ignored since Ottawa began posting surpluses."

Canada’s Commitment to Equality: A Gender analysis of the last ten federal budgets
By Armine Yalnizyan
Complete report (PDF file - 609K, 117 pages)
Executive Summary (Word file - 65K)

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
"CRIAW is a research institute which provides tools to facilitate organizations taking action to advance social justice and equality for all women. CRIAW recognizes women’s diverse experiences and perspectives; creates spaces for developing women’s knowledge; bridges regional isolation; and provides communication links between/among researchers and organizations actively working to promote social justice and equality for all women."
- incl. links to : Home - About Us - Contact Us - Fact sheets - Publications - Research and Activities - International Activities - Members - Links, Activities, Actions, Campaigns
"Currently, CRIAW is looking to link the research conducted by various groups at the community level and scholarly research in a single online forum to promote awareness of initiatives addressing issues that deal with women’s p
overty and exclusion."

Sample site content:

New Publications on Women’s Experiences
of Social Programs for People with Low Incomes

The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) is proud to launch a new comprehensive research report and a new fact sheet. These publications are part of CRIAW’s publication series on re-thinking economic and social justice: women resisting poverty and exclusion.

Integrating the voices of low-income women
into policy discussions on the Canada Social Transfer:
First Nations women in Vancouver, immigrant and refugee
women in Calgary and women with disabilities in Winnipeg
(PDF file - 640K, 119 pages)
August 2007
Quantitative data about women and poverty already exist. This research provides meaning and texture to that experience of poverty, highlighting issues that quantitative research and policy analysis too often
overlook.

CRIAW FACTsheet : Women’s experiences of
social programs for people with low incomes
(PDF file - 644K, 119 pages)
2007
Based on the above study, this fact sheet weaves together the voices of women with critical analysis and detailed evidence on how the devolution of social programs has impacted on diverse low-income women’s lives. It provides important evidence as to why and how listening to women’s voices is critical to knowing the real issues in policy making and programming. (...) It combines existing quantitative research with new qualitative research based on the perspectives of policy makers, social service providers, low-income First Nations, immigrant, refugee women and women with disabilities from three Canadian cities.

Disentangling the Web of Women’s Poverty and Exclusion (PDF file - 151K, 16 pages)
Spring 2006
"Women’s Poverty and Exclusion : The poverty experienced by so many women in Canada is simply not acceptable in a country that has boasted eight consecutive years of budget surpluses. CRIAW’s broad-based consultations on women’s poverty and exclusion clearly showed that the depth of this poverty has increased over the last 10 years, a period that parallels the erosion of the country’s social programs. The consultations confirmed that subsuming discussions of poverty within economic policies alone allows issues of social justice, rights, and accountability to be overlooked."

Women and Poverty
Third Edition - 2005 (Posted March 2006)
PDF version (167K, 12 pages)
HTML version
"Women and poverty are connected for many reasons. Various structural factors work towards making women more vulnerable to poverty, or to keeping them in poverty. Over the last decade, Canada has been moving towards a different model for its economy, drastically cutting social services."
Source:
Fact Sheets

Providing Tools for Social Justice & Equality for All Women
Press Release
May 14, 2006

"The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) announces the publication of its critical reflection piece Intersectional Feminist Frameworks: An Emerging Vision. This publication is the result of over two years of conversations with community activists and academics on the intersectionality of various inequalities experienced by historically marginalized groups. (...) This publication informs women’s and social justice organizations in exploring ways of bringing diverse women’s voices into the centre of research and action. “This critical reflection piece provides an emerging lens to review public policies, such as immigration and labour policies, as well as internal policies and ethics of social justice organizations,” says Marie Katherine Waller, Research Coordinator.
[Found on the DAWN-Ontario website]

Rethinking Mainstream Approaches to Questions of
Social and Economic Policy: Intersectional Feminist Frameworks

Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs) Think Tank Report (PDF file - 110K, 24 pages)

Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs) Critical Reflection Piece

Intersectional Feminist Frameworks: An emerging vision
This critical reflection piece is a social change resource that aims to provide social justice organizations with a deeper understanding of the intersectionality experienced by historically marginalized groups. In particular, the reflection piece brings to the forefront the discussion of Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs) for marginalized women who are disproportionately experiencing poverty and exclusion in systemic, institutional, and individual ways. IFFs take into account the differential impact of policies and practices on different groups of women because of their race, class, disability, sexual orientation, refugee or immigrant status and age. It takes into account the full diversity of women and the intersectionality of various characteristics, the global economic and social forces affecting women’s equality and national policy-making.

Disentangling the Web of Women’s Poverty and Exclusion!
This information tool reveals that the issues affecting women’s poverty and exclusion are deeply interconnected in creating a web of economic insecurity and marginalization. The lens of Intersectional feminist frameworks (IFFs) is crucial in disentangling this web and in bringing about social change. Disentangling the web is not enough. Solutions and strategies to achieve social and economic justice must be explored and implemented if we are to build stronger movements to strengthen civil society’s capacity to influence policy. This information tool is about making the voices of activists and advocates being at the forefront of the work for social change and women’s substantive equality.

Free copies: Phone: 613-563-0681 ext 221, Email: info@criaw-icref.ca
(There is a charge for posting and handling if you order 10 copies or more)

Source:
Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women

CRIAW is a research institute which provides tools to facilitate organizations taking action to advance social justice and equality for all women. CRIAW recognizes women’s diverse experiences and perspectives; creates spaces for developing women’s knowledge; bridges regional isolation; and provides communication links between/among researchers and organizations actively working to promote social justice and equality for all women.

Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

15 days, 15 ways to end violence against women
This is a postcard campaign of 15 messages we would like the government to listen to.
You can help by sending a fax to your MP about which ever message speaks to you. Send one, send 10, send them all - the choice is yours.

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14 dead women, 15 years later
"
Women who think themselves equal and free but who won't call themselves “feminists” might want to Google “marc lepine” and understand how much women — all women — are loathed."
Source:
rabble.ca

Google.ca Web Search Results: "marc lepine"
Google.ca News Search Results: "marc lepine"

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Google.ca Web Search Results: "National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women"
Google.ca News Search Results: "National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women"

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Risk of death among homeless women: a cohort study and review of the literature
April 13, 2004
Angela M. Cheung and Stephen W. Hwang
Abstract
Complete article:
HTML version
PDF version
(146K, 5 pages)

Related Link:

Dying in the shadows: the challenge of providing health care for homeless people
Commentary on the article by Cheung and Hwang
By James O'Connell (Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School)
April 13, 2004
HTML version
PDF version
(172K, 2 pages)

Homeless women 'crisis'
In Toronto, they're dying at 10 times the normal rate
AIDS, drugs, suicide common causes, researchers find
Elaine Carey
"Homeless women in Toronto are dying at 10 times the rate of other women between 18 and 44, according to a new study released today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal."
Source:
The Toronto Star

Canadian Policy Research Networks
"The Family Network supports CPRN's mission to help make Canada a more just, prosperous and caring society. To this end, we seek to identify the "best policy mix" for Canadians at every stage of their lives, from infancy to old age."
Family Network

A Decade of Challenges; A Decade of Choices: Consequences for Canadian Women
by Jane Jenson
[Click "Download" to open the file]
Release Date: 8 Apr 2004
Number of pages: 16
"Jane Jenson examines the impact on women - in the family, the community, or the labour market - of the misfit between social policy prescriptions and current social realities. She goes on to outline some of the implications for public policy."
Source:
Family Network

Canadian Women's Foundation (CWF)
The CWF was incorporated as a registered charitable foundation  in 1989. As Canada's first and only national public foundation for women and girls, CWF has earned  a reputation as an organization that is accessible to grass-roots women's groups. CWF was founded  to support results-oriented solutions to the problems faced by women and girls.

Canadian Women's Health Network
"The Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN) was officially launched in May, 1993 by women representing over 70 organizations from every province and territory. Based on the visions, hopes and needs of women working in the women's health movement, the CWHN emerged from the generous dedication of health care workers, educators, advocates, consumers and other Canadians committed to sharing information, resources and strategies to better women's health."
- incl. links to : Network Magazine - Women's Health Topics - Women's Health Databases - Women's Health Links - Centres of Excellence for Women's Health - Brigit's Notes - About CWHN - Text Index - What's Hot - Health Links - What's New - français

What's New at the Canadian Women's Health Network

Sample site content:

Brigit's Notes: Women's Health E-bulletin <=== latest issue of the bulletin
Brigit's Notes is a monthly electronic bulletin that's full of great women's health news. It will keep you informed about what's new on the CWHN web site, including new policy initiatives, research, calls for submissions, events and conferences, new resources and updates on women's health issues and activism.

Sample issue:

Brigit's Notes - September/October 2008
In this issue:
1. Bringing Women’s Voices and Concerns to the National Table Federal Election 2008
2. Helping an Abused Woman: 101 Things to Know, Say and Do
3. Invitation to provide feedback on gender, sex and health research in Canada
4. Women's Health: Intersections of Policy, Research, and Practice
5. Caregiver Connect
6. Steady work and mental health – is there a connection?
7. What about Women? Gender Analysis of Discussion Paper on New Brunswick's Tax System
8. AWHONN Canada
9. Midwifery Bridging Project
10. Human resources for health: a gender analysis

Network magazine
Spring/Summer - Volume 10, Number 2
June 2008
HTML version
PDF version
(1.8MB, 36 pages)

Feature articles:
* Editor's Note
* Feeling the heat: Women's health in a changing climate
* Evidence for caution: Women and statin use
* The HPV vaccine, one year later
* Charter challenge on drugs ads: A challenge in the wrong direction
* Labels, laws and access to health care: How history affects health-care access for First Nations and Métis women
* Cherchez la femme in minority francophone communities
* Barbara Seaman (1935-2008): Pioneer in the women's health movement
* Status positive: Supporting women immigrants and refugees with HIV/AIDS
* 'Women CARE' in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
* Highs & lows: Canadian perspectives on women and substance use
-- and much more!

[ Archive of back issues ]

CWHN Partners:

* Centres of Excellence for Women's Health

* CBRN Research & Technology Initiative

* Women and Health Protection

* Women and Health Care Reform

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Startling acts of well-thought uppitiness
Gutsy, legal-minded Canadian women refuse to take 'because' for an answer

By Janice Kennedy
March 02, 2008
Law professors Natasha Bakht, Diana Majury and Rosemary Cairns Way say it's time to get serious about women's equality. Majury, a law professor, is a founding member of the Women's Court of Canada, to be unveiled this week [during International Women's Week].
Source:
The Ottawa Citizen

For related links, go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womeninternat.htm

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Brigit's Notes: Women's Health E-bulletin <=== latest issue of the bulletin
Brigit's Notes is a monthly electronic bulletin that's full of great women's health news. It will keep you informed about what's new on the CWHN web site, including new policy initiatives, research, calls for submissions, events and conferences, new resources and updates on women's health issues and activism.

Subscribe to receive thebulletin by email
The Brigit Archives - issues of the bulletin back to 2001

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

Table of contents, March 2008 issue:
(click the link above to access the whole bulletin)

1. Absolutely Safe
2. Evidence for Caution: Women and statin use
3. Soft Targets: Nurses and the Pharmaceutical Industry
4. Women's Health Research Network : Summer Institute
5. Proudly Pro-Choice
6. Your Medicare Rights
7. Waves of Resistance
8. Gender in child and adolescent health
9. Marketing overdose campaign
10. Unborn Victims of Crime Act - Action Alert
11. Clinical trial survey – We want to hear from you

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The Brigit Archives - issues of the bulletin back to 2001

CWHN'S BRIGIT'S NOTES, September 2007
In this issue:
1. Debating Gardasil in Canada
2. New Canadian Study on Breast Cancer
3. Exploring Social Locations: Women's Health And Policy in Canada
4. Mental Health: Coping with Stress
5. Global: Gender equality, work and health
6. Canadians Concerned Over Costs of Long-Term Care
7. Western Canadian Conference on Addictions and Mental Health
8. Housing rights: A Canadian web site
9. Call for Papers: Other Borders International Women's Health Conference
10. Making Us Visible: Promoting Access to Breast Health and Breast Cancer Services for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Network magazine - Spring/summer 2007 issue
The Spring/Summer issue (2007) of Network magazine, the official publication of the Canadian Women's Health Network, is now online. This issue includes several articles dedicated to violence issues, specifically, the missing and murdered women of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, as well as many other pressing women's health topics and concerns.

Complete issue:
HTML
PDF
(2.5MB, 36 pages)

Feature articles include:

Editor's Note
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg1.html

Aboriginal women too often the victims of racialized, sexualized violence
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg2.html

Memorials for women across Canada
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg3.html

The Global Women's Memorial
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg4.html

Violence prevention is a public health issue
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg5.html

What you need to know about the HPV vaccine
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg6.html

New prenatal screening recommendations discriminatory
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg7.html

The Children's Fitness Tax Credit: Less than meets the eye
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg8.html

Silicone breast implants back on the market
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg9.html

The global epidemic of tobacco use among women and girls
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg10.html

It is time for a national birthing strategy
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg11.html

Poor health and economic insecurity are realities for female unpaid caregivers
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg12.html

Recommended resources
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg13.html

Earlier issues - back to 1996

For more information on Network magazine, or to subscribe, please visit:
www.cwhn.ca

Reading Romanow : The Implications of the Final Report of
The Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada for Women
(PDF file - 429K, 65 pages)
The National Coordinating Group on Health Care Reform and Women
January 2003 - Updated to April 2003
"Prepared by the National Coordinating Group on Health Care Reform and Women. Offers a chapter-by-chapter gendered analysis of the Final Report of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care, Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow 2002). Argues that the Report fails to recognize the significant ways in which health care is an issue for women, particularly for those women providing unpaid personal care and those receiving care.(...) Just as Canada should be a leader in seeing health as a human right, it should also be a leader in promoting gender equality in Canada and globally. Unless this is understood, planning for care is bound to fail in its objectives."
Source:
Centres of Excellence for Women's Health

Related Links:

What's Hot in Women's Health Policy
[Canadian Women's Health Network]

Online/Email Resource:

Brigit's Notes - (archives)
- Subscribe to Brigit's Notes

What's Hot in Women's Health Policy - links to Policy Research - Job Postings - Events and Conferences - Sites and listservs - Issues and Activism

The Canadian Women's March Committee 2005 - EVENT UPDATE for May 1st - 7th, 2005
"Exciting progress has been made by the Canadian Women March Committee to celebrate the reception of the Global Charter for Humanity. Events are planned in Vancouver, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Moncton and Quebec City as the Charter travels across Canada. (...) The Charter was created and agreed upon by 6000 women's organizations world wide. It is based on 5 core values; equality, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace. It is a feminist vision of a world free of exploitation, poverty and violence. It was launched on March 8, 2005 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and will finish its global journey in Burkina Faso on October 17, 2005."

Schedule of Events - includes information about Women's March events in Vancouver, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Moncton and Quebec City - and a contact name and coordinates for each location.
[From the website of DisAbled Womens Network - Ontario]

Source:
Canadian Women's March Committee (also in French & Spanish)
"The World March of Women is a movement composed of women’s groups of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, political and class backgrounds, and different ages and sexual orientation. Far from dividing us, this diversity unites us in greater, more far-reaching solidarity. In 2000, as part of the World March of Women, we wrote a political platform containing 17 practical demands for the elimination of poverty throughout the world, wealth sharing, the eradication of violence against women and the respect of women’s physical and moral integrity. We transmitted these demands to the leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and United Nations. We received not even one concrete response. We also transmitted these demands to elected officials and leaders in our countries. Ever since, we have ceaselessly continued to defend our demands. We are proposing alternatives to build another world. We are active in the world’s social movements and in our societies. We are furthering the thinking about women’s place in the world and the place we should be occupying."

Women's Global Charter for Humanity
Adopted on December 10, 2004, in Kigali (Rwanda)
PDF version (126K, 5 pages)

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Canadian Women’s March 2005
Get Ready for October 17th, 2005
24 Hours of Feminist Action and Solidarity
"The Canadian Women’s March 2005 Coalition is committed to the elimination of poverty and violence in Canada and to making the links between local and global actions. We are committed to continuing our work to meet the 13 demands developed by the World March of Women in 2000 to eliminate poverty and violence against women in Canada. Today, major investments on social programs are still needed and none of the 13 demands have been met. This is why in May 2005 we supported relaying the Global Charter for Humanity across Canada. The Charter was created and agreed upon by 6000 women’s organizations world wide. It is based on five core values; equality, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace. It is a feminist vision of a world free of exploitation, poverty and violence."
Related Link:
World March of Women in the Year 2000 - September 2000

Related Links:

World March of Women
October 17, 2005 - Join us for the 24 hours of feminist mobilization
"On October 17, women in all time zones will successively take to the streets at noon to stage actions for one hour. This is how they will show their support for the blueprint for society depicted in the Women's Global Charter for Humanity."

Relay of the Women's Global Charter for Humanity, March 8 - October 17, 2005
Between March 8 and october 17, 2005, there will be the world relay of the Women's Global Charter for Humanity. The women from various countries will be passing the Charter from country to country. They will also organise actions to highlight this symbolic passing and the values of the Charter. These women will be sewing together a solidarity quilt that will illustrate the values of the Charter.


Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
"CERA was established to ensure that human rights protections in housing would be effective for low income households and to address systemic barriers to accessing affordable accommodation."

Women and Housing in Canada : Barriers to Equality
March 2002
"This national report discusses federal government programs and policies from the standpoint of the particular barriers facing low income women in meeting their housing needs. The report situates women’s homelessness within the context of women’s poverty and it thus assesses not only programs and policies related to housing, but also those related to income support."
- incl. sections on : Re-Defining and Re-Thinking Homelessness - Federal Housing Programs (Rental Housing, Homeownership, Homelessness Secretariat) - Aboriginal Women and Housing - Income Support Programs (Income Assistance - CAP and Beyond, NCB Supplement, Employment Insurance) - Recommendations

Centre for Research on Work and Society (CRWS)
"Working out of York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, CRWS addresses the many issues facing labour that arise from the current political and volatile transformation of the Canadian world of work."

CEDAW Call to Action - PovNet's CEDAW page (British Columbia)
Posted May 7, 2003
"The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) issued its Concluding Comments on Canada in April, 2003. It singled out B.C. for criticism because of the negative impact on women of cuts to welfare and legal aid, among other things.
Shelagh Day, who represented the B.C. CEDAW Group at the review of Canada's report, says, "The Committee states that it is concerned about the disproportionately negative impact on women and girls of a number of recent changes in British Columbia, including the cuts in funds for legal aid and welfare assistance; narrowed eligibility rules for welfare; the incorporation of the Ministry of Women's Equality under the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services; the abolition of the independent Human Rights Commission; the closing of a number of courthouses; the cut in support programmes for victims of domestic violence and the proposed changes regarding the prosecution of domestic violence.
BC CEDAW group has issued a call to action, asking people to write to the Premier as well as their MLA, to spur the BC Government into changing some of its discriminatory policies."
Source : PovNet

Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations
[ University of British Columbia ]

Report Card On Women and Children in B.C. (PDF file - 146K, 4 pages)
March 15, 2004
By Michelle Stack
"Whether we like it or not, the media is part of governing."

Child Care Resource and Research Unit

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and Canadian women in the paid labour force
- incl. Background: Data on the State of Canadian Women - ECEC and Working Women - Useful Print Resources - Useful Websites
Source:
ISSUE files

Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

If Low Income Women of Colour Counted in Toronto
September 2003
Executive Summary (PDF file - 211K, 16 pages)
Full Report (PDF file -798K, 110 pages)
"Based on discussions with more than a hundred and twenty women in nine of Toronto's low income neighbourhoods, the report finds that the [low-income women of colour] are isolated, overworked, subject to racism and discrimination, and chronically poor. Most have trouble finding jobs and most say the have nowhere to go to meet women or neighbours. Contrary to popular stereotypes of low-income people as abusers of public resources, few of them know about critical City services and supports."

Cowichan Women Against Violence (CWAV)
"Cowichan Women Against Violence Society works from a feminist perspective to provide a supportive environment for victims and children who have been affected by abuse. We support diversity, change, choice and growth through counselling, advocacy, emergency shelter, community development and education"
CWAV Programs
Children Who Witness Violence - offers individual counselling and support groups for children of battered women.
Horizons Program is a personal development and pre-employment bridging program.
Safer Futures Program is a community research and development program that works to create and maintain community environments that promote safety of women and children in public places, in work places and in their homes.
Somenos Transition House - provides emergency shelter and emotional support primarily for battered women and their children.
Women Against Violence Against Women - counselling, emotional support, information, court support and referrals for survivors of sexual assault, childhood and adulthood abuse.

DAWN DisAbled Women's Network Canada
"DAWN Canada is a national organization controlled by and comprised of women with disabilities. We are from all backgrounds and all disabilities. We are a feminist organization working to achieve control over our lives and end the stereotype that labels us dependent burdens on society."
- incl. links to : Our National Network - Our Mission Statement - Our History - Profiles of Women - Special Initiatives - DAWNing Groups - Related Links - Guestbook - DAWN Canada's Email Discussion

DAWN DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario
"DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN) Ontario is a cross-disability, feminist organization working towards access, equity, and full participation of Women with disAbilities through public education, coalition-building, self-advocacy, resource development, and information & communication technology."
- incl. links to : Text version - What's New - Resources - Publications - Justice Issues - Health Issues - Inclusion Award - Access Checklist - Online Community - Research Posts - Who We Are - What We Do - Our Vision - Herstory - Fact Sheet - Action Alert - Membership - Join E-List - Guestbook - Feedback - Contact Us - Credits
Links - Links to hundreds of websites about women and disability - excellent resource!

Sample content on the DAWN-Ontario site:

From DAWN Ontario (Disabled Women's Network - Ontario):

DAWN Ontario's Open Letter to Premier McGuinty
Re: Proposed Reforms to the Ontario Human Rights Code

March 19, 2006
"We, DAWN Ontario: the Disabled Women's Network Ontario, are writing to voice our strong opposition to your Government's plans to weaken the Ontario Human Rights Code, announced on February 20, 2006." [see the link below to the Feb. 20 govt. announcement].

Related Links:

Human Rights Reform Action Kit (DAWN-Ontario)
Help Prevent the Gov't from Weakening
Enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code
"On Feb. 20, 2006, the Ontario Gov't said it will introduce a law (likely late March or April) to change enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code. That system needs reform. It's too slow, frustrating, and hard for many to use. Yet, the Government's proposal will make things worse, not better. It will create new barriers that make it harder for people to get their human rights respected."

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From the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General:

Ontario Government to Modernize Human Rights System:
Better Serving The Public The Aim Of Proposed Changes

February 20, 2006
News Release
"A stronger, faster, more effective human rights system that better serves the public is the aim of changes being proposed by the McGuinty government, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today."
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Federal Election 2004:
DAWN Ontario's Voter Education & Awareness Campaign for Women's Equality Rights in Canada
- incl links to
: Political Parties in Canada - Federal Ridings & Candidates - Tools & Resources
Equality Issues
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Aboriginal Women --- Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Racism --- Childcare --- Democracy --- DisAbility --- Employment Insurance / Maternity & Parental Leave --- 2004 Federal Budget --- Housing and Homelessness --- Human Rights --- Immigration --- Income Security --- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Transexual Rights --- Poverty --- Student Debt --- Violence against Women --- Women's Equality Rights --- Women & ICTs --- Women & Politics --- Women in Prison
Source:
DisAbled Women's Network-Ontario

Women's Equality Rights Are Not For Sale!
Women's Legal Education And Action Fund (LEAF) to Argue at the
Supreme Court of Canada for Women's Right to Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value

Toronto - May 11, 2004
"On Wednesday, May 12th, the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of NAPE (Newfoundland Association of Public Employees) v. Newfoundland.
At issue in this case is whether the Newfoundland government's reneging on an agreement to compensate its female employees for discriminatory wages violates the equality rights guaranteed to women under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The question is, can Newfoundland pay women less than men for work of equal value?
This case affects 5,300 female employees of the Newfoundland government, and has the potential to set a precedent for female employees across Canada.

More? - 100+ Federal Election 2004 Links

Feed the Kids AND Pay the Rent Campaign (Ontario)
"...many families in Ontario they have to choose between paying their rent or feeding their children"
Campaign endorsed by:
- Advocacy Centre for Tenants
- Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
- DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Ontario
- Income Security Legal Clinic (ISLC)
- Ontario Social Safety Network (OSSN)
- The Workfare Watch Project
- Somerset West Action Network (SWAN)

United Ways of Ontario's Government Relations Bulletin
March 16, 2004
From the DAWN-Ontario What's New page (the link above), you'll find links to the following Ontario-related articles:
Social Factors Drive Health Outcomes - Hospital Funding to Come With Accountability - Report Calls for New Investment in Non-Profit Agencies - Province Beefs up Family Responsibility Office - New Public Policy Resource for Non-profits and Charities - New Money for Children’s Aid - Municipalities Empowered to Hike Property Taxes on Businesses - Courts Upholds Charitable Property Tax Exemption
NOTE: each of these articles includes links to related reading and source material online
Source:
DAWN DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario

Women's History Month 2003
"In October 2003, Canadians will celebrate Women's History Month (WHM), with the highlight being Person's Day on October 18. The theme for WHM this year is What do you mean, women couldn't vote?"
- incl. : Questions and Answers about Women's History Month - What can I do to commemorate Women's History Month? - Suggested Readings - Some Web Sites of Interest - Video Suggestions - WHM 2003 Quiz - Evaluation and comments
Source:
DAWN DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario

Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-française
(This site is available in French only)
"La Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-française veut une société juste et égalitaire pour toutes les femmes vivant au Canada. La FNFCF représente les femmes de la francophonie canadienne vivant en milieu minoritaire. Elle défend leurs intérêts, revendique leurs droits et appuie leurs actions"
- liens vers les pages suivantes : Dossiers - En vedette - Nouvelles du jour - Quoi de neuf - Activités - Appels d'offre - Programmation - Centre de ressources - Communiqués - Bulletin - Membres - Équipe - Publications

Des droits sociaux pour les femmes francophones
en contexte minoritaire, une lutte pour éradiquer la pauvreté

Ce projet de recherche-action vise à lever le voile sur la réalité socio-économique des femmes francophones en situation minoritaire et à outiller des porteuses de dossier afin de poser les actions nécessaires pour améliorer la condition de vie des femmes.
- utilise une variété d'outils : données de statistiques Canada, ateliers de formation, rencontres provinciales, outils d'animation qui ont servi à former les femmes francophones en contexte minoritaire sur les enjeux de la pauvreté et des femmes, fiches d'information (avril 2005) portant sur les mesures de pauvreté, la sécurité alimentaire, le logement, les programmes sociaux, la santé et les outils et pistes d'avenir --- ainsi qu'un portrait par région de la situation des femmes francophones en contexte minoritaire au Canada.

Dossier Pauvreté
Des droits sociaux pour les femmes francophones en contexte minoritaire, une lutte pour éradiquer la pauvreté.

End Abuse Now
End Abuse Now is the website of the Grey Bruce Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee.
It provides information, resources and links for all members of the community on abuse and how we can work together to end it.

Selected website content:

Counting Women In:
A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty

Counting Women In: A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty is the culmination of eight years of research and community development by the Rural Women Take Action on Poverty Committee. The strategies and tools in the toolkit were developed and piloted in Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth counties (Ontario) to make the issue of poverty more visible and to build hope for change. The toolkit is a resource to change attitudes and beliefs about rural women and poverty and to support action and change.

Counting Women In:
A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty
(PDF - 1.8MB, 109 pages)
By Colleen Purdon et al.
June 2009

Counting Women In Additional Online Resources (PDF - 2MB, 43 pages)

The Fulcrum Project
"Our goal is to raise awareness among the public and the media to humanize poverty in order to make reducing poverty a provincial election issue."

Report Card on Women and Children in British Columbia (PDF file - 118K, 4 pages)
June 15, 2004
Charitable Food Banks or the Right to Food: Which Way for BC?
Graham Riches

heroines.ca - A Guide to Women in Canadian History
"I believe there are some amazing women in Canadian history that most Canadians know nothing about. So I decided to try and change the situation by writing a book and developing a website which would serve as a guide to the topic of women in Canadian history."
- site developed by Canadian historian Merna Forster
- incl. links to: Home | About | Meet the Author | Contact | Site Map | Heroines | Biographies | Group Histories | Pictures | Cartoons | Posters | Stamps | Statues | Currency | Historic Sites | Women's History Month | Time Travel | This Month in History | Books | Shop | Classroom | Films&Videos | Related Links | Upcoming | Latest News

Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women’s Economic Security Needs (Conference)
October 13-15, 2005 – Vancouver

Keynote Address by The Honourable Monique Bégin, PC, FRSC, OC:
Have they Forgotten Women?
(Word file - 78K, 11 pages)
[Meeting Women's Needs: Government & Imaginative Public Policy]

Presentations from this conference
Links to the following presentations (Powerpoint, Word and PDF files):

- Femocratic Administration and Women's Economic Security Panel - Tammy Findlay (York University)
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Women of an (Un)certain Age - Charmain Spencer (SFU Gerontology Research Centre) & Elsie Dean (Women Elders in Action)
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Economic Security for Women with Precarious Immigration Status: Ensuring Labour Rights for All - Jill Hanley (Universite Libre de Bruxelles)
- Supporting Women's Economic Needs Through A Universal Home Care Policy - Melodie Kelly (Memorial University)
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Moving Beyond the Policy Debate: How Process Improvements can Dramatically Impact Service Delivery in the Health Care System - Larua Zilney (Canadian Federation of University Women)
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Saskatoon Community Clinic Supporting Women's Economic Security - Louise M McKinney & Patrick Lapointe (Saskatoon CHC Co-op)
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Enhancing Social Policy in Canada: The Gore-tex Approach - Rhonda Breitkreuez (University of Alberta)
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All the work women do: Imagining household and group provisioning - Marge Reitsma Street (University of Victoria), Stephanie Baker Collins (York University), Sheila Neysmith (University of Toronto)
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Abolishing Mandatory Retirement: What are the Safeguards for Women?
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Gaps in practice: Redressing the Devaluation of Precarious Jobs - Nancy Zukewich (Statistics Canada)
- Community-based research processes: addressing the needs of multiple constituencies - Catherine M. Scott (University of Calgary), Michelle Murdoch (Memorial University), Laura Dreuth Zeman (Southern Illinois University), & Joan Farkas
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For Better or Worse? National Employment Policy Approaches and Women with Disabilities - John Vellacott (UBC)
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Making Work: Income Security for Women with Mental Illness - Marina Morrow (SFU)
- Re-Visioning the Environment of Support for Single Mothers in Extreme Poverty - Penny Gurstein & Silvia Vilches (UBC School of Community and Regional Planning)
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Towards More Egalitarian Policies on Prostitution: What Canada Can Learn from the International Community - Emily van der Meulen (York University)
- Identifying Keys to Successful Transition From Social Assistance to Paid Work: Lessons from Canada, the United Stes, Australia and Europe - Shauna Butterwick (University of British Columbia)
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“Learning to be Poor: Job Training and Women in the U.S. ” - Jane Henrici ( University of Memphis)
- Poverty, Indifference & the Struggle for Political Autonomy - Chrystal Ocean (WISE)
- Are Wage Supplements the Answer to the Problems of the Working Poor? (Word file - 59K, 15 pages)
Conference presentation by Andrew Jackson (Canadian Labour Congress)
===>NOTE Re. the wage supplements presentation: See A Working Income Tax Benefit That Works from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy (next section below on the page you're now reading) --- both of these reports deal with the Working Income Tax Benefit proposed by the federal government.

International Women's Day (IWD)
"International Women's Day (IWD) is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women. Find out what local IWD events are occurring near you for IWD 2005."

Organisations Supporting Women
"
The following organisations have proudly listed their 2005 International Women's Day (IWD) event on this site. Learn more about what these organisations do and how you can become more involved with them."
- links to 150+ women's groups

March 8 : International Women's Day

View IWD 2008 Events by Country (582 events)
- includes 59 events found in Canada (Select "Canada" from the drop-down country list)

New Report reveals a widening wage gap between men and women in Canada
News Release
March 6, 2008
OTTAWA – It just doesn’t pay to be a working woman in Canada today, according to a new report released by the Canadian Labour Congress. In fact, for today’s younger, more educated working woman, it pays a lot less than it did just ten years ago. (...) According to the report Working Women: Still a Long Way from Equality, women in Canada who worked full-time, full-year jobs in 2005 earned just 70½ cents for every dollar earned by men in full-time, full-year jobs.

Women in the Workforce: Still A Long Way from Equality
March 6, 2008
Introduction and Summary
Complete report:
PDF version
(728K, 38 pages)
Text version
(online, no formatting, small file)

Women's Economic Equality Campaign - International Women’s Day 2008

Source:
Canadian Labour Congress

Maclean's Magazine

Kids vs Career:
Many women can't find that elusive work-home balance and are choosing to drop out
March 15, 2004 Issue

Manitoba Women's Advisory Council :

Single Parent Families to Benefit from New Online Resource Guide
News Release
April 05, 2002
- Release of the sixth edition of Parenting on Your Own, a guide designed to support single parents, and launch of the Internet version of the guide.
"The handbook provides information about and resources for health, child care, finances, housing and many other topics. Hundreds of resources as well as contact information for community organizations are included. Over the years, more than 60,000 copies have been printed."

Parenting on Your Own - Manitoba (and some national) resources for single parents, incl. descriptions and links under the following headings : Aboriginal Services - Abuse - Child Care - Disabilities - Employment/ Education/ Training - Health - Housing - Income Assistance - Legal - Money Management & Stretching The Dollar - Recreation And Wellness - Support For Families
Introduction - Parenting on Your Own
Table of Contents - Parenting on Your Own

McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Road-Testing the Third Way: Single Mothers and Welfare Reform
during the Clinton,Chréétien [sic], and Blair Years
(PDF file - 134K, 11 pages)
Sylvia Bashevkin
Dept. of Political Science, University of Toronto
(The PDF file is dated November 2002)

Michelle Mann

Putting safety back into the social safety net
June 19, 2006
Social Justice by Michelle Mann
"Violence against women remains endemic in Canadian society despite law-and-order approaches, making it imperative that we consider and address systemic inequalities that perpetuate domestic violence. Ontario's social assistance policies facilitate violence against women in many ways, including subsistence-level rates, the treatment of fraud, and assumptions of spousal economic dependency. The erosion of social assistance rates in Ontario and across Canada has made it difficult for women to get out of violent situations. Social assistance rates that are grossly inadequate to address women's needs create a barrier to their ability to leave or avoid abusive relationships."

- incl. references to Charter challenges and caselaw as well as the spouse in the house rule ("Under Ontario's revised post-Falkiner regulations, the investigation of spousal status remains premature, kicking in after three months. This policy continues to enforce gendered economic dependency on women and make them vulnerable to abuse.") and more...

Michelle Mann is a Toronto-based lawyer, freelance writer, and consultant.
Check out her blog at http://manndates.blogspot.com

Source:
The Law Times

National Action Committee on the Status of Women
[Page d'accueil en français]
"The National Action Committee on the Status of Women is the largest feminist organization in Canada. A coalition of more than 700 member groups, NAC has been fighting for women's equality for over 29 years."
Site map - quick overview of site content

National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO)
- incl. links to : News/Commentary - Action/Campaigns - Events - Issues - Youth Initiative - Popular Education - Resources - NAPO News - About NAPO - Jobs - Join/Donate - Contact NAPO - Feedback - Links

Issues - Child Poverty - Face of Poverty in Canada - Federal Budget - Health and Poverty - Homelessness - Panhandling - Poverty Measures - Federal Budget - Government can't afford not to do something about poverty

VOICES: Women, Poverty and Homelessness in Canada (PDF file - 492K, 48 pages)
May 2004
"This new NAPO report on women who are homeless is based on interviews with 46 women who self-identified as homeless in Halifax, Ottawa, and Vancouver and features their voices and perspectives on homelessness. Researched by Marie-José Dancoste, written by Rusty Neal and edited by Sandra Bender, this 46 page report also makes recommendations for action by federal and provincial governments."

National Association of Women and the Law
"The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is a Canadian non-profit organization that has worked to improve the legal status of women in Canada through law reform since 1974. NAWL is governed by a regionally representative National Steering Committee elected by our membership. (...) For 25 years, NAWL has used its unique research as a foundation for effective action and advocacy. Through its educational work NAWL has played a vital role in raising public awareness about legal issues affecting women."


Federal Government Cuts to Women's Programs
in September 2006 and since then:

Harper government working to silence women
Press Release
September 20, 2007
OTTAWA – Effective today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is being forced to close its office, lay off its staff, and cease major consultations and advocacy on women's legal issues as an outcome of the Harper government's devastating changes to the mandate of Status of Women Canada. This closure is a grave blow to the continuing struggle for women's equality.
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**NOTE: scroll to the bottom of the press release page for links to over two dozen media articles and reactions from other women's groups, unions and political parties
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Source:
National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)
NAWL is a feminist non-profit organization that has worked to promote the equality rights of all women in Canada since 1974.

Related link:

National Association of Women and the Law closes its doors
September 20, 2007
Ottawa – “It is outrageous that the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has been forced to layoff its full time staff and close its doors because Stephen Harper’s government does not believe it deserves funding,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist. The Harper minority government changed the mandate of Status of Women Canada – the agency that funded groups like NAWL, and took out references to the advancement of feminist work. (...) In addition to the many regional women’s organizations faced with impending closure, the Harper government has also withdrawn funding from several other national women’s organizations including:
* Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
* Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)
* Canadian Child Care Advocacy Association (CCAAC).
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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September 2006 changes to women's programs

What's New from Finance Canada:

News Releases:

Canada's New Government cuts wasteful programs,
refocuses spending on priorities, achieves major debt reduction as promised

September 25, 2006
- includes backgrounders.

Canada's New Government Is Getting Things Done by Providing Additional Funding for Transit, Housing and Education
September 25, 2006
- includes the following backgrounder:
One-Time Funding to Provinces and Territories --- "The 2005–06 Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada confirmed the availability of funds to provide for $3.3 billion in federal financial support to help provinces and territories deal with immediate pressures in post-secondary education, affordable housing and public transit, as well as over $320 million in support for international initiatives.

Notice of Ways and Means Motion Tabled
September 25, 2006 - includes a Notice of Ways and Means Motion to amend the Excise Tax Act and a Detailed Proposals on the Elimination of the GST Visitor Rebate Program.

Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada Fiscal Year 2005-2006 [dead link]
September 25, 2006
Reviews the government's spending and revenue performance over the past fiscal year, and discusses the factors affecting these results

Fiscal Reference Tables - September 2006 [dead link]
September 25, 2006
Provides historical information on federal public finances and on broad fiscal indicators at the provincial level as well as international fiscal comparisons.

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Related Link (from Treasury Board Secretariat):

Backgrounder - Effective Spending [dead link]
"Canadians want to know their hard-earned tax dollars are invested responsibly in effective programs that meet their priorities."
NOTE: this is where you'll find a detailed breakdown of the spending cuts.

Here are the "Lowlights" of the cuts --- the biggest losers in the social envelope:
[Cuts/savings shown below are for a two-year period]

Status of Women
- Status of Women Canada Administrative Savings: $5 million

Health
-
Elimination of Health Canada's Policy Research Program: $7.5 million
-
“Health Portfolio” efficiencies: $28 million (not sure what this is)

Social Development Partnerships
- Efficiencies in the administration of CMHC programs: $45 million (any clue what this will affect?)
- Reduction in Low Priority Grants and Contributions Related to Social Development Partnership Program: $13.8 million
- Elimination of Funding for Canadian Policy Research Networks: $3 million

Others
- Elimination of Funding for the Law Commission of Canada: $4.1 million
- Elimination of Court Challenges Program: $5.6 million

(These "lowlights" were prepared by Pedro Barata - merci, Pedro!)

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Related Links from sources other than government:

Government's real priorities revealed
Media Statement
September 26, 2006
"OTTAWA, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - We are deeply concerned about the gutting of the only federal agency that addresses critical questions pertaining to equality and about what it suggests about what this government's true intentions are for equality matters in Canada. Announced Monday, the 5 million dollar cut to Status of Women Canada (SWC) is a serious attack on the lone federal department engaged in the development of gender responsive policy and in the fulfillment of Canada's human rights obligations to women at the international, domestic, and inter-governmental levels.
We now see the government's real priorities revealed. (...)"
Signed:
Canadian Council for Muslim Women
Canadian Federation of University Women
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action
Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network
MATCH International
YWCA Canada

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Cuts to Status of Women and Court Challenges Program
Undermine Government’s Commitment to Women’s Equality

"(...) During the last federal election campaign, Stephen Harper promised to “take concrete and immediate measures…to ensure that Canada fully upholds its commitments to women.” These cuts are not consistent with Mr. Harper’s election promise,” said Shelagh Day, Co-Chair of the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)."
Source:
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action

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An important message from CPRN President Sharon Manson Singer
September 26
"You may have heard by now that CPRN is one of the casualties of the government’s search for one billion dollars in savings. It means that our new grant of $3 million a year will not be continued past the current year. We had no advance warning of this decision, nor was there any consultation..."
Source:
Canadian Policy Research Networks

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If I had 13.2 billion dollars...
September 25, 2006
(With apologies to the Bare Naked Ladies)
OTTAWA - “If I had 13.2 billion dollars I’d restore funding to post secondary education, because an investment now secures a brighter future later. I would stop paying lip service to the environment and come clean with some good green..."
By Paul Moist, National President
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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Google Web Search Results:
"canada, funding, women's groups"
Google News Search Results:
"canada, funding, women's groups"
Source:
Google.ca

Mother's Day Statement (PDF file - 74K, 1 page)
May 10, 2006
Press Release
“Mr Harper, on Mother's Day, women want more that just flowers: we want real equality now!”
Ottawa, May 10 2006- The National Association of Women and the Law released a Mother’s Day Statement that has been endorsed by over 100 local, provincial and national organizations across the country.

A Message to Stephen Harper from
the National Association of Women and the Law

- includes the complete list of groups that endorsed this statement

Canadian Women and the Social Deficit
A Presentation to the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by the National Association of Women and the Law
- impacts of welfare and social program reforms on women

November 1998

Native Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence (NACAFV)
"Our mission is to reduce, and one day, eliminate family violence in our Aboriginal communities."
- incl. links to : Home | Mandate | History | Board Members | Membership | Events | Success Stories | Publication List | Annual Reports | Newsletters | Links | International | Jobs | Site Map | Contact Us

NACAFV calls Judge David Ramsey’s sentencing demoralizing
and disconcerting for Aboriginal Women across Canada

Press Release
June 1, 2004
"The National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence (NACAFV) is calling today’s sentencing of Judge David Ramsey of Prince George, B.C.-- the man which admittedly assaulted Aboriginal women, some of as young as 12 years-old is totally demoralizing and disconcerting for Aboriginal women across Canada."

Related Links:

Former B.C. judge gets seven years for sex crimes against teens
Amy Carmichael
Canadian Press
June 02, 2004
"PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) -- A former provincial court judge pleaded for help Tuesday just before he was sentenced to seven years in jail for sexually assaulting teen prostitutes, one as young as 12. 'I need treatment,' David Ramsay, 61, told his sentencing hearing on sex charges Tuesday."
Source:
Canada.com

Ramsay gets 7 years for sexual assault
- from the CBC

Google Web Search Results : "Judge David Ramsay, Prince George"
Google News Search Results : "Judge David Ramsay, Prince George"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always have links to current content
Source:
Google.ca

National Council of Women of Canada
NCWC is a national, non-partisan federation of voluntary organizations, including local and provincial councils of women as well as national organizations with goals similar to those of the NCWC.
- incl. links to : Home | About Us | Councils and Memberships | What's New | Calendar | Communications and Reports | Policy and Briefs | International Perspectives | Contact Us| Links and Resources | Site Map


Native Women's Association of Canada
"Our goal is to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural, and political well-being of First Nations and Metis women with First Nation and Canadian societies."

Related Link:

Government of Canada and Native Women's Association Address Violence Against Aboriginal Women
News Release
May 21, 2004
Source:
Status of Women Canada

Nellie's
"Nellie's is a Toronto non-profit women's organization helping women and children in crisis locate safe affordable housing, support services and a bridge to a better future. We operate a 36 bed emergency shelter for women and children who are homeless and women and children leaving violence. The Community Support Program provides aftercare and follow-up support and service to women and children who have left the shelter and are now living in the community."
- excellent collection of online resources --- incl. links to : Women's Shelters (Toronto and surrounding area | Ontario | Canada) - Issues (Poverty | Housing/Homelessness | Violence against women | Health | First Nations women | Consumer/Survivor) - Projects | Feminist | Children | Immigrant women | Lesbians | Women and the law |Transgendered women
Research (Reports | Statistics) - Action (Useful e-mail addresses | Marches and vigils

New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Women's List - Federal Election 2008
September 2008
Issues of importance to Canadian women’s equality in the 2008 federal election:

* Deliver on the constitutional promise of equality
* Ensure equal rights for Aboriginal women
* Fund quality early childhood care & education
* Ensure a livable income
* Commit to affordable housing
* Eliminate violence against women
* Ensure access to justice
* Improve maternity & parental benefits
* Act for women’s health
* Increase female political representation

Click the Women's List link for a collection of over 120 individual resources related to the above list of issues.
[Some of this info is specific to NB]
NOTE: Never mind the federal election --- I highly recommend this resource as a primer on women's issues in Canada!
Source:

 

Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women (NSACSW)
The Advisory Council was established in 1977 to educate the public and advise the provincial government on issues of interest and concern to women. Check out the home page (by clicking above) or go to the Council's Publications page - it offers an impressive choice of reports, fact sheets and media releases, including:

Time for a New Royal Commission on the Status of Women?
News Release
October 22, 2002
"The national coalition of provincial and territorial advisory councils on the Status of Women is calling on the federal government to re-examine the state of women's equality in Canada."

Women and Healthcare: A Brief to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada
June 2002

Rebuilding the System (January 1999)
Response of the NS  Advisory Council on the Status of Women to the Department of Community Services' Social Assistance Restructuring Initiative

Brief to the Federal Standing Committee on Finance (August 1998)
- includes information on the CHST and the social deficit, the NCB, the impact of social program reforms on women in the Atlantic provinces, senior women and Aboriginal women and their children

NSACSW Web Links
Over 200 links organized under the following headings: Children and Child Care - Legal and Justice issues - Education - Policy and Research - Employment/ Business - Women in Science and Technology - Equity Groups (ie: women of colour, women with disabilities) - Women's Organizations/Agencies - Government Nongovernmental - Health issues
Violence Prevention

NSACSW Links to Women's Organizations
- large collection of links to NGOs, sites about children and child care, policy and research sites, education, employment, business and more. All links except those to government sites include a short site description.


Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Woman Power & Politics
by Kira Heinek
2003
"The Ontario and Toronto Coalitions for Better Child Care announce the publication of their new joint book, Woman Power & Politics. This guide for women on identifying and maximizing power in today’s political systems looks through the lens of child care as it influences women’s lives. Woman Power & Politics invites women to participate in politics, take opportunities and determine their future regarding areas such as education, poverty and domestic violence."
Complete Book (PDF file - 211K, 40 pages)
News Release - October 13, 2003

Ontario Women's Justice Network
The Ontario Women's Justice Network is concerned with violence against women and their children.  OWJN provides legal information in the form of essays on court decisions, definitions of legal terms, and analysis of current events, and has an extensive list of online resources. We cover topics such as sexual assault,  domestic abuse, and custody and access.

Check the site map for links to information about : Justice Issues - Legal Info - Online Resources - Archive

The Resources section includes links to sites in the following areas : Crisis Services (Shelters, Sexual Assault Centres and Transition Houses) - Woman Abuse Issues - Legal Resources - Research - International Links

PAR-L
PAR-L is an electronic network of individuals and organizations interested in women-centred policy issues in Canada. It is a tool for developing, conducting, and distributing feminist research in a multidisciplinary context and in both official languages. It is intended as a support for the community of feminist researchers and activists in Canada. PAR-L also includes an electronic discussion list.

Poor People's Economic Human Right's Campaign
"...committed to uniting the poor across color lines as the leadership base for a broad movement to abolish poverty"

Media release from the National Working Group on Women and Housing (Word file - 32K, 2 pages)
October 19, 2005

Related Link:

United Nations Regional Consultation on Women and the Right to Adequate Housing in North America
with Miloon Kothari, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing
October 15-17, 2005

Poverty and Human Rights Centre (Canada, International, United Nations, etc.)
Centre Directors: Gwen Brodsky, Shelagh Day
(formerly the Poverty and Human Rights Project)
"The Poverty and Human Rights Centre is committed to eradicating poverty and promoting social and economic equality through human rights.
The Library is a searchable database of materials related to social and economic rights. It includes texts of relevant international human rights treaties, Canadian and other laws, court decisions, legal briefs, and articles.
To use the library, go to buttons at the top of the page (topics, documents, resources).
Factum Library What's new
The Factum Library section contains factums, pleadings and other litigation documents from selected Canadian human rights cases. The materials are organized by case name, articles, and date.
"
- incl. links to :
Recently added links - Contact Us - About the Centre - Centre Publications

Human Rights Denied (PDF file - 93K, 2 pages)
B.C. Government Discriminates
Against Poor Single Mothers – report
Press Release
April 28, 2005
Vancouver - Four constitutional and human rights experts are issuing a report today that condemns the Government of British Columbia for its treatment of single mothers on social assistance. Shelagh Day, Margot Young, Melina Buckley and Gwen Brodsky conclude in Human Rights Denied that single mothers are discriminated against by the B.C. Government.

Complete report:

Human Rights Denied:
Single Mothers on Social Assistance in British Columbia
(PDF file - 524K, 59 pages)
April 2005
By Gwen Brodsky, Melina Buckley, Shelagh Day, and Margot Young

Rural Womyn Zone
The Rural Womyn Zone is an expanding network of women living in rural areas across the United States and Canada.



Shelternet
"Decreasing barriers and increasing access to abused women is the principle behind Shelternet. Women are reaching out to shelters through the World Wide Web, from their workplaces, home or public Internet terminals such as libraries and schools. Shelternet can help increase direct access to a local shelter. Linking women to their local shelter is an essential part of a community-based response to violence against women. (...) Shelternet provides a link for women and children to the local shelter services and will help to equip shelters in building their Internet response. Local on-line counselling, a web site shelter template and a protected area for shelters to communicate with one another are some of the features. (...) Shelternet does not provide direct service to abused women. Shelternet provides a link through technology for women, for shelters to communicate to each other in a password protected areas and supports an enhanced Internet presence to abused women shelters."
Links* - almost three dozen links from Shelternet to information and help for victims of abuse, including general information about shelters, contacts in family violence groups and service providers and researchers in Canada, the U.S and in other countries
*NOTE: the URL for the links page is about 124 characters long (argh, how I hate database sites for that...), so you'll have to go to the home page (the link above) and click on "Links" in the left-hand margin.

Single Mothers Support Network (Vancouver)
The Single Mothers Support Network is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization supporting low-income single mothers and fathers. Supports provided to low-income single-parent families include: Individual Self-care with registered practitioners (Acupuncture - Aromatherapy Massage - Counseling - Herbology - Reiki - Yoga Therapy) - Workshops (e.g.,art therapy, life skills, and non-violent communication) - Community building (potlucks, telephone tree, stuff for free and sale, help wanted, bartering, tool library, babysitting co-ops)
- incl. links to Services (see the list of supports above) - Events - Resources - Links - Newsletter - Background - and much more

Straight Goods
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.

The "Features" page (see the link below) contains links to hundreds of Straight Goods articles - the top ones in the list are free...
Features - links to ~600 articles in past issues of Straight Goods - $ subscription required except for the most recent additions

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."

Study on abused women on welfare rings partly true (Ontario)*
Reuel Amdur
April 29, 2004
"Walking on eggshells: Abused Women's Experiences of Ontario's Welfare System, by Janet Moser, principal investigator, York University, April 5, 2004
...the very negative picture that the study paints of welfare workers does not correspond to my personal experience."
NOTE: For more info about and links to this study, see the Canadian Social Research Links Links to Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page (under "York University", near the bottom of the page)

Women's poverty rates reach 20-year high*
Sole support mothers, elderly women hardest hit as the percentage of women living in poverty rises

Monica Townson
May 5, 2004
"We used to hear a lot about the feminization of poverty. It hasn't been in the news much lately. Yet women remain among the poorest of the poor in Canada, and the percentage of women living in poverty is growing. Almost 19% of adult women are now poor - the highest rate of women's poverty in two decades. "

*NOTE: the three links to Straight Goods articles above will eventually take you to a ($) subscriber login page; Straight Goods keeps info on its free pages for a limited time.

Strategic Thoughts.com - David Schreck (British Columbia)

Campbell's New Era Fails Women
March 1, 2004
"Gordon Campbell seems to have a major disconnect with women; perhaps that is why a pamphlet has appeared on the government caucus website under the heading "A New Era for Women". It misrepresents what government has done in terms of communities, health services, child care and self-sufficiency (code language for kicking people off welfare). The word "equality" does not appear in the pamphlet."

TD Economics
NOTE: click the TD link for 20+ links to more special studies from TD Economics

Market forces advance prospects for women in the workforce: TD Economics (PDf file - 76K, 3 pages)
September 25, 2007
(TORONTO) Market forces will place women and men on more equal footing in the workplace over the next three decades, ultimately eliminating the 5 to 15 per cent wage gap that cannot be explained by factors such as hours worked, productivity or occupational choice, according to a new report by TD Economics

Markets are a Woman's Best Friend (PDF file - 152K, 12 pages)

Related links:

Female earnings to catch up with men's
By ROMA LUCIW
September 25, 2007
Women still earn less than men, but that wage gap will narrow in the next few decades as the market forces employers to place both sexes on a more equal footing, according to a forecast from Toronto-Dominion Bank.
Source:
Globe and Mail

Tamarack - An Institute for Community Engagement
"Tamarack is a charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadian communities take ownership of local issues by making use of proven strategies for community engagement. Community Engagement is commonly defined as citizens from different sectors of a community joining together taking leadership, to address issues that affect them all.
Tamarack was founded as a partnership between Alan Broadbent of the Maytree Foundation, and Paul Born. Designed to promote community building across Canada, the institute's mission is to develop a process to help people create bold visions for the future of their communities, and work together to achieve those visions more easily and effectively."

Vibrant Communities
"In order to reduce poverty and enhance the quality of life in households throughout Canada, Vibrant Communities provides a process and a working environment where diverse community leaders from across the country work together to share ideas, practices and policies that strengthen their community-based poverty reduction initiatives."
- incl. links to : Partners - Poverty Reduction - Community Updates - Resources - Tools - Research & Policy - Coaching - Evaluation & Learning - Face-to-Face Forum - Learning Themes - Gender & Poverty - Sustainable Incomes - Additional resources - Related links

Gender analysis in community-based poverty reduction
by Lang, Catherine & Goldberg Leong, Toby
March 2004
Final report of the Gender and Poverty Project
"...explores the gender dimensions of poverty; recognizes the lack of child care policy as a significant barrier to poor women."
"The Pan-Canadian Vibrant Communities Gender and Poverty Project was a unique partnership with and between six local communities, Vibrant Communities sponsors, and project facilitators to apply gender analysis to community-based, comprehensive poverty reduction work."
Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

Related Links:

Gender and Poverty Project [ funded by Status of Women Canada ]
The Gender and Poverty project provides communities participating in Vibrant Communities with support to build on their capacity to create inclusive communities through engagement in gender related analysis, strategies, and action at the local and national levels. The project is funded by Status of Women Canada.

The Telegram St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Women still paying for Paul Martin’s policies
July 8, 2007
Lana Payne
The women of Canada are still paying a deep financial price for the economic policies of Paul Martin. It’s been a dozen years since the former finance minister for the country gutted health, education and welfare spending, slashing billions from transfers to provinces. But women, especially, are still feeling the impact where it hurts the most: in their pocketbooks.

Related link:

June 12, 2007
Study: Rising education of women and the gender earnings gap, 1981 to 2001
- includes links to the complete study and the executive summary
Source:
Statistics Canada

UN Platform for Action Committee (Manitoba) - UNPAC (MB)
"The UN Platform for Action Committee Manitoba (UNPAC) was established in 1995 to advocate for the implementation of the Platform for Action and other United Nations agreements which advance women’s equality."
- incl. links to : About UNPAC - What's Happening (new reports and events) - Photo Gallery - Links
Links (over three dozen links to sites of interest for women in Manitoba, Canada and elsewhere in the world)
New Publications and Reports

Women & the Economy - a project of UNPAC
"The economy has long been used to intimidate and exclude. Women are especially affected because so much of women's work is undervalued by the mainstream economy."
The text links on the building blocks on the home page (Economics 101 - Women's Economic Inequality - Women and Globalization - Women's Economic Contributions - Women's Different Experiences - Economic Alternatives - Our Stories ) take you to the different sections of this site; you can also use the sitemap to get an overview of all of the content of this large and informative site on a single page.
Sitemap
Sample content:
Women's Economic Inequality - Women and Poverty - Women, Poverty and Social Assistance - Women, Poverty, and Minimum Wage - Intro to Economics - Role of Government - Economics of War - Women and Globalization - G6B Report - Globalization & Food/Migration/Women's Work - Women's Economic Contributions - Women & Unpaid Work - Caring for Children - Alternative Money Systems - Valuing Unpaid Work - Women's Different Experiences - The Economics of Ability - Manitoba disability-related organizations - Aboriginal Women and the Economy - much more...

University of Toronto
Graduate Collaborative Program in Women's Studies

Canadian Women's Studies On-Line
This site provides information about women's studies programs, resources & women's organizations in Canada.

- incl. links to : Academic Information (Women On-line, Women's Studies Programs) - Library Resources (University Bulletin Board, Web Resource Directories) - Resources for Women by Topic (Art/Culture, Feminist Newsgroups and Discussion Groups, Feminist Online Magazines, Film, Gender and Sexuality, Health, History, Law, Literature, Sexual Assault, Subject Indexes and Search Tool) - Organizations

University of Victoria

Housing Realities and Requirements for Women Living with Disabilities
in the Capital Region of British Columbia
(PDF file - 24K, 9 pages)
by Pam Alcorn, Heather Gropp, Joanne Neubauer, and Marge Reitsma-Street
January 2004
Women’s Housing Action Team, Victoria BC
"Over 21,000 women lived in low income households in the Victoria Capital Region and spent 30% of their income on shelter according to the authors of the report, “Housing Policy Options for Women Living in Urban Poverty: An Action Research Project in Three Canadian Cities”2 published in 2001. There is, however, little information on the housing situations or perceptions of women themselves who are living with disabilities. A research study by the Women’s Housing Action Teamwas conducted in 2003 to help redress this gap. This short report offers a commentary on the magnitude of concerns and a summary of housing realities and requirements identified by a diverse group of women living with visible and invisible physical disabilities in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia."
Source:
Studies in Policy and Practice (SPP)

See also:
Publications
- links to 15+ reports from May 2001 to date on a wide range of issues including: housing, the two-year welfare time limit in BC, women, disability, the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program, an analysis of B.C.'s Employment and Assistance (welfare) Acts, and much more...


Vancouver Status of Women
The Vancouver Status of Women works with women to ensure our full participation in the social, economic and political life of our communities in the profound belief that women's equality is a crucial step towards a just and responsible society.

Vancouver Status of Women Launches the Revised and Updated
Welfare Resource Guide for Women (2nd Edition)
Community Press Release
March 24th, 2005
"Vancouver Status of Women (VSW) launched its 2nd Edition of the Welfare Resource Guide for Women this week. This guide provides updated general information to women about British Columbia's welfare system or Employment and Assistance Regulations within a feminist framework. This Guide is meant to help women apply for welfare, disability, and child benefits, and offers guidance in application or appeal processes. The Guide especially focuses on the needs of single mothers."

Welfare Resource Guide for Women in BC
March 2005
Click this link to read the intro, then scroll down the page to download the complete report in PDF format (565K, 57 pages) or to view the table of contents and download the individual chapters.
Chapter 1: Welfare and Employment Assistance
Chapter 2: Disability Benefits
Chapter 3: Federal and Provincial Child Benefits
Chapter 4: Reconsiderations and Appeals
Chapter 5: Welfare Advocacy Resources

NOTE: Highly recommended reading if you're looking for information on how the welfare system really works in BC...

Victoria Status of Women Action Group
"The Victoria Status of Women Action Group promotes social, economic and political self-determination and freedom for all women. (...) We work primarily, but not exclusively, in Greater Victoria."

Why Women Would Gain from a Guaranteed Livable Income
March 2003
by Cindy L'Hirondelle

Related Link:

A Basic Income for All
Philippe Van Parijs
"If you really care about freedom, give people an unconditional income."
Source:
Boston Review - "A Political and Literary Forum"
[This article was originally published in the October/ November 2000 issue of the Boston Review]

For more links to info about guaranteed annual income initiatives, go to the Canadian Social Research Links Guaranteed Annual Income Links page

Websites for Women's Studies (University of British Columbia)
 Extensive list of Canadian and international sites

British Columbia:

Wellbeing thru Inclusion Socially and Economically (WISE)
"WISE began in the summer of 2003, as one woman's vision. In exasperation with a system that seemed to have no heart, "Chris" wrote her story of painful marginalization. With the urging of friends, the story came to the attention of an understanding Programs Officer at Status of Women Canada. Together, they convinced Chris to write a proposal for a project on women's poverty, and once accepted, the rest, as they say, is history. WISE is now a grassroots BC-registered nonprofit society whose mission is to organize, represent, act on behalf of, and join together with persons in British Columbia whose lives are negatively affected by policies of exclusion."

Policies of Exclusion, Poverty and Health : Stories from the Front
Project Report : Phase 1 - The Issues
(PDF file - 498K, 23 pages)
October 2004
"This report outlines the findings from 21 stories which were collected during Phase I of WISE's project "Policies of Exclusion, Poverty and Health: Stories from the Front." Its companion report, Phase II - The Recommendations, will be available shortly. There were three criteria for eligibility: i) the participant must be female, ii) her household income must fall below the Low Income Cut Offs (2003) and iii) she must live in the Cowichan Valley, a geographical region on Vancouver Island that encompasses small urban and rural communities."
- details the issues (predictors, and the primary and secondary conditions and effects) that feature dominantly in participants' stories.
Source:

Women's Court of Canada
The Women’s Court of Canada is an innovative project bringing together academics, activists, and litigators in order literally to rewrite the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms equality jurisprudence. Taking inspiration from Oscar Wilde, who once said “the only duty we owe to history is to rewrite it”, the Women’s Court operates as a virtual court, and ‘reconsiders’ leading equality decisions. The Women’s Court renders alternative decisions as a means of articulating fresh conceptions of substantive equality.
- incl. links to :
* Home * About Us * Blog * WCC Judgments * Media and Events * Resources * Archives * Contact

Canada’s Human Rights Institutions At Risk
By Shelagh Day, Senior Editor and Publisher, Canadian Human Rights Reporter
July 28, 2010
It is time to go into worry mode about Canada’s human rights institutions.
Here are some recent developments that cause concern:
• Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice proposes to dismantle the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal and send human rights complaints directly to the courts
• The B.C. Law Institute has been asked by the Ministry of Labour to conduct “research and analysis in relation to workplace dispute resolution mechanisms in British Columbia”. The disputes in question include human rights employment complaints.
*
Heather MacNaughton, the widely respected Chair of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, was not re-appointed. Human rights watchers speculate that British Columbia also plans to dismantle its Tribunal.
• The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in Canada (Attorney General) v. Mowat, a case about whether the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has the authority to award legal costs to a successful complainant. This case arises because the Canadian Commission has stopped representing human rights complainants before the Tribunal and courts, and complainants are increasingly appearing unrepresented, with a high likelihood of losing, or they are hiring their own counsel.
* more...
The effect of shutting down Tribunals, sending human rights complainants to courts, and using legal costs as a substitute for public access, will be to weaken Canada’s system of human rights laws and discourage Canadians from using them.

Women's Court of Canada Judgments
The first six WCC judgments were published in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law in early 2008. These decisions concern issues that affect the lives of Aboriginal women, women with disabilities, women living in poverty, women with children, and women workers.
The WCC judgments are for the following cases
:
* Symes v. Canada, [1993] : deduction — child care expenses — women — taxpayer — income
* Native Women’s Association of Canada v. Canada, [1994] : funding — freedom of expression — women — equal — constitutional
* Eaton v. Brant County Board of Education, [1997] : placement — disabled — special — child — pupil
* Law v. Canada (Minister of Employment and Immigration), [1999] : discrimination — differential treatment — claimant — survivor’s pension — dignity
* Gosselin v. Quebec (Attorney-General), [2002] : programs — welfare recipients — security of the person — dignity — legislation
* Newfoundland (Treasury Board) v. Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, [2004] : pay equity — government — crisis — hospital workers — women

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The Women’s Court of Canada: Gosselin v. Quebec (Attorney General), [2006] (39 pages)
July 8, 2009
by Gwen Brodsky, Rachel Cox, Shelagh Day and Kate Stephenson
The Women’s Court of Canada reconsiders the 2002 decision [see the link below] in Gosselin v. Québec (Attorney General), in which the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that section 29(a) of Québec’s Regulation Respecting Social Aid, which reduced the welfare rate of recipients under the age of thirty to below subsistence level (in the 1980s), did not violate sections 7 or 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or section 45 of the Québec Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
"(...) We decided to participate in the Women’s Court’s reconsideration of Gosselin because we believe that sections 15 and 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and section 45 of the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms are fully capable of addressing poverty issues and that the reluctance of courts in Canada to interpret them in this way reflects what Louise Arbour has called 'judicial timidity.'’’

Gosselin v. Quebec (Attorney General), [2002] (106 pages)
- the official decision of the Supreme Court of Canada
Source:
Supreme Court of Canada Decisions

NOTE: for links to more info about the Gosselin case,
go to the Case Law / Court Decisions / Inquests page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/caselaw.htm

Resources - links to over two dozen useful feminist resources

Related links:

Introducing the Women’s Court of Canada (PDF - 204K, 12 pages)
2008
By Diana Majury
Source:
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law
[ University of Toronto Press Journals ]

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Startling acts of well-thought uppitiness
Gutsy, legal-minded Canadian women refuse to take 'because' for an answer

By Janice Kennedy
March 2, 2008
Law professors Natasha Bakht, Diana Majury and Rosemary Cairns Way say it's time to get serious about women's equality. Majury, a law professor, is a founding member of the Women's Court of Canada, to be unveiled this week. They were probably a bit defiant as young girls. Uppity, even. These women must have been the kind of kids who kept asking, "But why?" even after the ultimate parental law had been laid down. "Because I said so" just didn't cut it for them. Still doesn't. Their stage is large and public now, and the issues more far-reaching, but these stubborn women are still challenging conventional wisdom. And in Toronto later this week, International Women's Week, they will engage in a startling act of uppitiness. They will unveil the Women's Court of Canada. Bravo. The Women's Court is a group of Canadian lawyers, law professors and activists who have decided it's time to get serious about women's equality.
Source:
The Ottawa Citizen

Women's Environment &Development Organization

Beijing Betrayed
Women worldwide report that governments have failed to turn the Platform into action. (March 2005)

Women's Human Rights Resources
Bora Laskin Law Library

incl. links to hundreds of articles, documents and websites organized under two dozen headings, from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women to Violence Against Women


Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) - LEAF is a national non-profit organization working to promote equality for women and girls in Canada. Using the equality provisions from section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as a basis to advance women's rights, LEAF presents arguments, or intervenes, in cases where women's rights are at risk in Canadian courts.

West Coast LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund)
The LEAF site includes info organized under the following topics : About Us - Educational Programs - Issues - In The Courts - Law Reform - Fundraising - Resources - Contact

Women's Rights and Freedoms: 20 Years (In) Equality - Conference
April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005
Vancouver, BC
National conference hosted by the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL). The Conference will be bilingual and will strive towards accessibility. The focus of the Conference will be the 20th anniversary of the equality requirements (Section 15) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 15, which is part of the supreme law of Canada, prohibits discrimination by Government on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, and other grounds. The Conference will include discussions on how the Charter affects women and our rights. The Conference is expected to provide information on the law and discrimination, as well as a unique opportunity to meet, strategize and share information with activists, community workers, lawyers, and others from across the country about what actions we can take to advance women's rights.

Related Links:

West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund
National Association of Women and the Law

Welfare Cuts and Single Mothers
A Human Rights Project
- British Columbia
January 2004
"West Coast LEAF, the Poverty and Human Rights Project and the Community Legal Assistance Society are concerned about the impact on single mothers of recent cuts to welfare rates and tightened eligibility rules.
We are seeking information from you that will help us to determine how a human rights complaint could be filed on behalf of single mothers who are recipients of social assistance.
If you are a single mother or an advocate, we need help. Please share with us your response to the five questions listed here so that we can be sure that we have the best information about how the cuts are affecting single mothers in B.C. Please pass this on to other single mothers and advocates and ask them to share their thoughts with us as well."
Source:
West Coast LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund)

Legal Aid and Family Law: Women’s Access to Justice
Affidavit Campaign 2003

Coordinated by West Coast LEAF (British Columbia)
"As part of our efforts to restore legal aid in B.C, West Coast LEAF will launch an Affidavit Campaign this summer to collect convincing evidence from across the province that reflects the true impacts of the cuts to legal aid programs on women and others most affected. The majority of those affected include women, single mothers, and people with disabilities. Our goal is to make a case for the restoration of the services through law reform efforts or via test case litigation."
More info on the affidavit campaign (PDF file - 135K, 4 pages)


Women in Canadian History

Womennet
Womennet.ca, the Canadian Women's Information Centre, helps women respond to challenges and improve their quality of life.
Womennet.ca provides the following features:
- The Directory of Canadian Women’s Resources, a searchable database of over 2,500 women’s groups in Canada
- a Links Section, which contains hundreds of annotated links to international and Canadian women’s sites
- News and Resources, including Bulletin Boards
- a free womennet.ca e-mail address
- A free e-list for notification of additions and improvements to womennet
• Free listings on womennet.ca for Canadian women's groups!
• Participate in the Save Medicare Postcard Campaign
• Post Your International Women's Week Events on womennet.ca!
• much more...
- incl. links to : About | Directory | E-Mail | Resources | News | Bulletin Boards | Links | Publications | Suggest Content | Contact

York University (Toronto)

Report calls on Ontario to reform welfare system to better protect abused women
Media Release
"TORONTO, April 5, 2004 -- A report released today calls on the Ontario government to make substantial changes to Ontario’s welfare system to better protect abused women. The report, Walking on Eggshells: Abused Women’s Experiences of Ontario’s Welfare System, outlines 34 recommendations. The report stems from the Woman and Abuse Welfare Research Project launched in 2000. It was written by York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Janet Mosher (Principal Investigator) and researchers from Carleton and Queen’s Universities in conjunction with the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses and the Ontario Social Safety Network. Funding was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)."
- incl. brief summary and key recommendations

Complete report:

Walking on Eggshells: Abused Women's Experiences of Ontario's Welfare System
Final Report of Research Findings from the Woman and Abuse Welfare Research Project
(PDF file - 806K, 129 pages)
Report calls on Ontario to reform welfare system to better protect abused women
April 5, 2004

Related Links (from DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario ):
HTML version of the complete report
Key Findings and Recommendations from Walking on Eggshells
Earlier report:
Women and children more at risk in province - November 2003 (by the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses)
- HTML file (22 pages if printed)
(Posted on the DAWN-Ontario website)

Welfare rates must rise: Study
Abused women at risk, study finds

April 5, 2004
Source:
Toronto Star

Welfare maze needs fixing
City Editorial
April 6, 2004
"Finding realistic ways to solve major social problems is far more useful than merely identifying them, but too few social scientists seem to realize that. The latest example is a report from three professors, including one at Carleton University, on how poorly Ontario's welfare system treats women fleeing abusive relationships.
Source:
The Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Citizen editorial supports the study authors' recommendations concerning increasing welfare benefits, improving earnings exemptions and not penalizing recipients for 'unproven fraud'. But, the editorial goes on, "there's little in the report to prove that some of their recommendations are based on anything other than ideology." Dismissed as "overreaching" are recommendations concerning welfare rates that are adequate enough to allow for 'equitable participation in society', elimination of the mandatory work requirement, and an increase in subsidized housing units.
The editorial's bottom line?
"These are multibillion-dollar ideas, sung out from an ideological hymnal with no direct evidence that they'd work, or even that they'd be needed if unjust rules were fixed."
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[Gee, I wonder how many women sit on the Ottawa Citizen's editorial board?]

Google Web Search Results: "Ontario welfare, abused women"
Google News Search Results: "Ontario welfare, abused women"

YWCA Canada | A Turning Point for Women

Women Fleeing Violence at Heightened Risk of Being Murdered:
New Study Calls on Canadian Legislators to Make Violence Against Women a National Priority
June 1, 2006
"...a national study, the first of its kind, involving a network of violence against women shelters from coast to coast. (...)This is the first study to examine both the nature of the abuse faced by women and the vital services that protect them. The report’s recommendations call for comprehensive social supports that go beyond shelter walls."
- incl. links to all related documents

Violence against women is a national shame: now it must become a national priority
Media Release
June 1, 2006
YWCA Canada releases a national study that indicates an alarmingly high percentage of women coming to shelters are at risk of being murdered. Of the 368 women interviewed at ten research sites across Canada, 77 percent were at extreme or severe risk of homicide.
Communiqué de presse (1er juin)

Executive Summary (PDF file - 2.2MB, 21 pages


Full Report
Effective Practices in Sheltering Women Leaving Violence in Intimate Relationships (PDF file - 3.3MB, 130 pages)
Published June 1st, 2006
Rapport complet
Pratiques efficaces pour protéger les femmes fuyant la violence dans leurs relations intimes (version française : fichier PDF - 3.3Mo, 130 pages)
Background information on project - includes context + a link to the Phase I report (2003)

The study home page also includes links to:
- May 30 Media Advisory (Avis aux médias du 30 mai)
- Press Conference Panel - Biographies
- Question & Answers (Questions et réponses)
- Facts on Violence Against Women
- Violence Against Women: National News Stories

Startling acts of well-thought uppitiness
Gutsy, legal-minded Canadian women refuse to take 'because' for an answer

By Janice Kennedy
March 02, 2008
Law professors Natasha Bakht, Diana Majury and Rosemary Cairns Way say it's time to get serious about women's equality. Majury, a law professor, is a founding member of the Women's Court of Canada, to be unveiled this week [during International Women's Week].
Source:
The Ottawa Citizen


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

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