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Achieving Women's Equality

Achieving Women's Equality

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Published by PeggyNash
Achieving Women’s Equality in Canada

Women’s equality is a critical marker of a society’s security and health – when women enjoy their full rights and equality, families and communities thrive. Despite acknowledgement around the world of this fact, the situation for women in Canada is disappointingly behind: violence against women, in all its forms, remains a crisis (especially among Aboriginal/Métis/Inuit women); the wage gap persists while employment equity remains elusive...
Achieving Women’s Equality in Canada

Women’s equality is a critical marker of a society’s security and health – when women enjoy their full rights and equality, families and communities thrive. Despite acknowledgement around the world of this fact, the situation for women in Canada is disappointingly behind: violence against women, in all its forms, remains a crisis (especially among Aboriginal/Métis/Inuit women); the wage gap persists while employment equity remains elusive...

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Published by: PeggyNash on Jan 11, 2012
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 Achieving Women’s Equality in Canada
In Context
Women’s equality is a critical marker o a society’s security and health – when womenenjoy their ull rights and equality, amilies and communities thrive.Despite acknowledgement around the world o this act, the situation or women inCanada is disappointingly behind: violence against women, in all its orms, remains acrisis (especially among Aboriginal/Métis/Inuit women); the wage gap persists whileemployment equity remains elusive; women are disproportionately represented in care-giving sectors, both paid and unpaid; most mothers o young children have no choicebut to enter the labour orce, yet Canada still lacks a comprehensive national child careprogram; and women’s poverty deepens throughout all demographics, but particularlyor Aboriginal/Métis/Inuit women, the elderly, women with disabilities, and racialized/immigrant women.The slashing o unding to Status o Women Canada by the Harper Conservatives in 2006 – a clear expression o opposition to women’s advocacy and organizing, including throughthe acclaimed Court Challenges Program – marked the beginning o the end or manywomen’s organizations in Canada.The Conservatives’ indierence toward women’s equality is also evident in theirresistance to calls or a national child care strategy and aggressive dismantling o theederal long-gun registry.The struggle or women’s rights in Canada has been ought in resilient ways or decades.There is no excuse or the lack o women’s ull equality in Canada. It is time to do better.
 
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As the next leader o the NDP, I will ensure women’s equality is a central theme ineverything we do.Under my leadership, the NDP will ght to link social/economic equality and economicadvancement or all Canadians, and to make meaningul investments in equality.For example, the creation and protection o good paying jobs is at the heart o mycommitments – such opportunities and the tax base they generate are critical to a strongsocial saety net and thereby, integral to women’s equality.To support the renewal o Canada’s women’s movement and agenda or women’sequality, I want to hear rom women throughout Canada, ampliy their voices, and heedtheir wisdom. While respecting provincial jurisdiction, we will launch an action plan orequality and act decisively to:
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Reinstate the ederal gun registry and legislate protection o the data it collects andencompasses.
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Focus on violence against Aboriginal, Métis, and Inuit women and girls, which to datehas been so ineectively addressed in Canada:
a.
provide increased support to NAOs and campaigns like Sisters in Spirit;
b.
launch a comprehensive national action plan to combat violence against Aboriginal,Métis, and Inuit women and girls;
c.
remedy police and government ailure to protect, investigate, and prosecute thevarious orms o violence endured by women in these communities;
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pursue integrated measures that serve to eliminate the related social andeconomic inequities which place Aboriginal, Métis, and Inuit women at a chronicdisadvantage.
The Peggy Nash Plan

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