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R.E.A.L. Women of Canada
reasons to vote for Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
Dismayed by the Closing of Key Womens Group
Canadian Feminist Alliance for
International Action (FAFIA) expresses its dismay at the closure of the offices
of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL). As a long-standing
member group of FAFIA and collaborator on key policy issues affecting women, this
closure represents a significant loss to women in Canada. Read
October 10th Election & Referendum:
world premiere of Stories for Hemingway's Havana
and Performed by Brian Gordon Sinclair
of the prestigious Sir
Tyrone Guthrie Award
July 7, 2007 at 7 pm
OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies
in Education) 7th floor Peace Lounge, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
is a FREE event)
presented by CAPA (Coalition Against Psychiatric
is a Mad Pride associated event
for Participants: Study of Online Social Economy Organizations
Ryan, a graduate student at OISE's Social Economy Centre
is seeking participants for a research study of online social enterprises.
this link for details and contact information.
Pride Day - July 14, 2007 - An International Day Recognizing Mad Peoples
Movement in Toronto
... Consumers! ... Mad Folks! ... Allies ... Activists ...
Celebrate Mad Pride Toronto!
the BED PUSH - A pride parade of sorts
Gather at 1pm at
the front door of CAMH 1001 Queen Street West at 1pm. We will march to Parkdale
Activity & Recreation Center for a celebration!
Pride Day, July 14th, an international day recognizing Mad Peoples movement
has been proclaimed as such, within the city of Toronto.
recognize and celebrate psychiatric survivors, consumers and mad folks
by getting involved in and supporting Toronto's first ever Mad Pride Bed Push,
a parade of sorts.
idea of a Bed Push is inspired by our British counterparts who staged The Great
Escape Bed Push, as a Mad Pride event last year.
in Pajamas a group of campaigners pushed a psychiatric bed from Millview Psychiatric
Hospital in Brighton, 60 miles to the original site of Bedlam the
Bethlem Asylum in London, all the while being pursued by a giant syringe. The
aim of the stunt was to raise awareness about the poor levels of choice of treatments
and the widening use of force in the psychiatric system.
July 14, 2007 at 1:00 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001
Queen Street West
Speakers: City Counselor
Gord Perks, M.P.P.
Cheri DiNovo, & M.P. Peggy Nash
or email us, let us know that you
care about Mad Pride by getting involved in it. Read
Against Poverty Take Over Abandoned Building
Photos and listen to Audio from the Women
Against Poverty Collective: Housing Takeover Day Rally
Article: Police end anti-poverty group's house squat
- Sun. Jun. 3 2007 http://tinyurl.com/3cbkd7
Police Clash With Protesters At Affordable Housing Rally - Sun. June 3, 2007 http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_11648.aspx
Against Poverty Collective (WAPC)
- Press Release
Against Poverty Demand Government Action On Housing:
Release dd June 3, 2007
of Quality Non-Profit Child Care a "Disgrace" Say Elementary Teachers
Press Release dd May 30, 2007
quality care in licensed Ontario child care facilities documented in recent media
reports dramatically underlines the need for a national, non-profit child care
program, says the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
President Emily Noble acknowledged that the Ontario government quickly responded
to concerns about quality of care by promising to post details of child care inspections
on a government website. However, the issue of unsatisfactory child care continues
to be a serious concern, she said. Read More
appeal of Ontario Energy Board decision on low-income energy consumers
Energy Network (LIEN)
Press Release dd May 29, 2007
the Low-Income Energy Network
(LIEN) announced it will not be giving up the fight for fair energy prices
for low-income consumers in Ontario, despite a recent decision by the Ontario
Energy Board (OEB) that thwarted the groups efforts. LIEN served notice
of its appeal to Divisional Court of the Ontario Energy Boards (OEB) decision
issued April 26, 2007 that it does not have the jurisdiction to implement rate
affordability programs for low-income residential consumers. There was a very
strong dissenting decision in this matter by Gordon Kaiser, Chair of the three-member
Board panel, who found that the OEB does have the jurisdiction to approve
special rates for low-income consumers in appropriate cases. Read
Against Poverty Collective (WAPC)
Women's Housing Takeover
resource was created by Simon Shields, a lawyer whose goal in creating this site
was to "share his knowledge, experience and research regarding Ontario and
Canadian law with those in our society who most need it". The link is to
a new resource on the site --
an extensive legal
review of the new Ontario Residential Tenancies Act.
of Pro Bono Students Canada 2006-2007 ODSP Special Diet Allowance Analysis
analysis examined the procedure associated with applying for ODSP Special Diet
Allowance funding, appealing special diet allowance rulings, and the various regulations
associated with this program. Based
upon our findings, we concluded that the ODSP Special Diet Allowance is failing
to meet its stated objectives. In our report we identified the major issues associated
with the current ODSP Special Diet Allowance program and recommended various steps
that maybe taken to properly resolve these issues.
Support the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada /
Coalition pour le Droit à lAvortement au Canada (ARCC-CDAC)
to Ontario Budget 2007
people are saying about McGuinty's "Don't Believe it Budget:
from across Ontario are saying Dalton McGuinty's "Don't
Believe it Budget" fails to deliver
Income Families Together (L.I.F.T.)
Little, Too Late! 2007 Provincial budget offers last minute pre-election crumbs,
but does not address poverty
People with Disabilities Left in Poverty by Ontario Budget
Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):
good first step, but much work remains to be done: anti-poverty activists
families will wait for years to benefit from McGuinty's "war" on poverty
Thanks for the thoughts, but where's the money?
Federation of Labour (OFL):
For Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Update (AODA Alliance):
the Ontario Budget Includes on Disability/Accessibility
Tory: McGuinty's Budget: No relief, few results for average taxpayers
says McGuinty missed an opportunity to use billions in extra money to help families
Bread Food Bank:
Budget's Ontario Child Benefit gets thumbs up from
Daily Bread Food Bank
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO):
Teachers Applaud Government Focus on Education
McGuinty Government's Commitment to Developmental Services
Association of Food Banks (OAFB):
Food banks welcome focus on poverty --
first step on a long journey to reduce poverty in Ontario
Ways of Ontario:
Addresses Needs of Vulnerable Ontarians
Ontario Child Benefit & the March 22nd Provincial Budget
a backgrounder on the Ontario Budget 2007 prepared by the Income Security
Federal Policies Affecting Women's Equality: Reality Check -- CRIAW's latest Fact
you agree with the federal Conservatives that women are already equal?
summarizes facts and current government policy for six
Read text here, highlighting one detail
from each section.
Women of Canada Press Release, February
by Status of Women Committee a Hoax
on Sept. 26th Announcement of $1-Billion Funding Cuts
Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
commentary on Treasury Board funding cuts
(PDF, 4 pgs, 20 kb)
September 26 Stephen Harpers Conservative government announced a series
of cuts totaling $1 billion over the next
two years. The cuts were announced on the same day the government made a $13.2-billion
payment on the national debt. The cuts affect a vast array of departments but
are concentrated primarily on aboriginal programs, skills and literacy training,
social policy research, legal assistance and research, and funding for Status
of Women Canada. Read More
a National Child Care Program
is building for a private members bill that would boost child care from
a patchwork of services to a pan-Canadian program. Add your support today by emailing
your member of parliament about this important bill. Read
more and Take Action
real priorities revealed - Media Statement
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.
now see the government's real priorities revealed. Read
Conservative Government Slashes Funding to Wasteful Anti-Family Programs
John-Henry Westen, dd September 26, 2006
OTTAWA, September 26, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com)
- The budgets of some of the most wasteful and at the same time biased Canadian
government funded programs have been slashed by the new Conservative Government.
Three organizations which have been overtly pushing for same-sex marriage have
been denied millions of tax-dollars they have been receiving for years under the
previous Liberal government. <SNIPED>
REAL Women Canada, a conservative women's
group said in a press release today that they were "especially pleased"
at the cut to Status of Women. "This is a good start, and we hope that
the Status of Women will eventually be eliminated entirely, since it does not
represent 'women', but only represents the ideology of feminists," said
the group. "The Status of Women was established in 1973 under Prime Minister
Trudeau and over the years, it has funded feminist groups to serve as agents of
change, never recognizing that other women have different views and have no wish
to be represented by these feminist organizations."
your nose & read more
Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) Responds to Federal Budget Cuts
Stephen Harper promised to
take concrete and immediate measures
to ensure that Canada fully upholds
its commitments to women.
elimination of the Court challenges Program will deny legal redress to
poor and marginlized women: the Conservative Government is abrogating CEDAW
Article 2 (c) To establish legal protection of the rights of
women on an equal basis with men and to ensure through competent national tribunals
and other public institutions the effective protection of women against any act
of discrimination. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not include
the financial means by which to access the courts on an equal basis with the wealthiest
citizens or corporations when a individuals rights have been violated.
Government cut $5 million from the Status of Women budget despite the recommendations
of the Parliamentary Committee, representing all parties in the house, to an increase
in the budget of at least 25%. How does this action live up to his promised commitment
to Canadian women?
to Status of Women and Court Challenges Program Undermine Governments Commitment
to Womens Equality
Feminist Alliance for International Action) Press Release
FAFIA, a pan-Canadian
alliance of womens and human rights organizations, is denouncing the $5
million cut to the federal department of Status of Women over two years. These
cuts will be taken from its modest annual budget of $13 million. The grants and
contributions arm ($11 million) of the department was not affected.
cuts will critically affect the federal governments own commitment to live
up to its equality commitments to women, said Shelagh
Day, Co-Chair of the Canadian Feminist Alliance (FAFIA).
also dismayed by the elimination of the Court Challenges Program. This
Program has provided Canadian women with their only access to the use of their
constitutional equality rights, said Shelagh Day. Equality rights
have no meaning in Canada if women, and other Canadians who face discrimination,
cannot use them. Read More | en
Des coupures à Condition féminine Canada et au Programme de contestation
judiciaire sapent l'engagement du gouvernement envers l'égalité
Elimininate Court Challenges Program & Cut $5M from Status of Women of Canada
over next 2 years
The $5 Million cut to Status of
Women Canada (SWC) and the elimination of the Court Challenges Program (CCP),
seriously undermine the Government's commitment to women's equality. The
overall budget at SWC is $24 million. The women's program absorbs almost $11 million
(grants and contributions). That means the department functions on effectively
$13 million, 5 million of which has just been cut over next 2 years.
the pinpoint URLs to Treasury Board of Canada site with info on the cuts.
En français: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/media/nr-cp/2006/0925_f.asp
from Pay Equity Press Conference, Ottawa, Sept/21/06
Côté, National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)
my name is Andrée Côté,
and until a few weeks ago I was Director of Law Reform at the National
Association of Women and the Law. NAWL has been forced to lay off it's
staff in the last few weeks and is waiting for the renewal of our funding application
from Status of Women Canada.
Harper government response on pay equity this week demonstrates why it
is so important that women's groups receive adequate and stable funding: we need
to have the capacity to defend women's rights, and to respond to retrograde and
ineffective policies that bring us back 20 years. Read
More | plus en français
Equity: at the heart of equality
Labour Congress & Public Service Alliance Of Canada
Release dd Sept. 21, 2006
federal government announced yesterday that it is taking a giant step backwards
on the question of equal pay for women workers. More than thirty years after the
adoption of the Canadian Human Rights Act, women still earn less, on average,
than men regardless of their occupation, age or education. Today, a woman earns
72.5 cents for every dollar a man earns. Our equal pay legislation is not working.
The wage gap is even greater for Aboriginal women, women of colour and women with
disabilities. Read the full release in English
groups fear federal cuts coming
Norma Greenaway, CanWest News Service, Vancouver Sun, Sept. 22, 2006
leading Canadian women's rights group has been forced to close its office for
lack of money and other federally financed organizations fear a similar fate as
the Conservative government zeroes in on a promise to cut spending by $1 billion
this fiscal year. The prospect cheers Gwen Landolt, vice-president of the pro-life,
pro-family conservative lobby group REAL Women Canada and a fierce critic of federal
funding of ''feminist'' and other special interest groups. ''It's simply an abuse
of taxpayers' money to fund only one ideology,'' Landolt said in an interview.
Read Full article at:
Take First Step Towards Dismantling Ministry for the Status of Women / Les Conservateurs
Amorcent Le Démantèlement De Condition Féminine Canada
NDP / NPD Press Release dd Sept. 20, 2006
Excerpt: OTTAWA The future of womens organisations across
Canada is being threatened as the Conservative Government is taking too long to
review Status of Women Program applications forcing prominent womens
organisations to close their doors.
not responding to funding applications, the Conservatives are allowing programs
to shut down, one by one., said NDP MP critic for the Status of Women Irene
Mathyssen. "What's next? The entire department? It looks like Bev Oda is
spoiling to dismantle the Status of Women department."
of Sept. 12, The National Association of Women and the Law, has closed their doors
due to insufficient federal funding. The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International
Action (FAFIA) will shut down on Sept. 26. Organizations have put in applications
for funding, but have heard nothing from the Minister responsible for Status of
Women, Bev Oda.
Effect of Bill 14 - Access to Justice Act - on Paralegals and the Public
In its on-going opposition
to Bill 14, the Paralegal
Society of Ontario (POS) emphasized the numerous concerns expressed by
both paralegals and non-paralegals to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.
Voices Online Consultation - Violence Against Women: Sept. 18 Oct. 13,
Engage women of
Canada, including equality seeking womens organizations, in the federal
government ICT initiatives and collaborate on developing strategies to eliminate
online violence and exploitation of women.
"clamp down on antisocial children before birth"
out plans for state intervention to prevent babies born into high-risk families
becoming problem teenagers of the future, Tony Blair said teenage mothers could
be forced to accept state help before giving birth, as part of a clampdown on
antisocial behaviour. Read More
Must Come Clean on Agenda for Status of Women Canada
of Canada Press Release dd August
Liberal Critic for Status of Women and Multiculturalism Maria Minna
today called on Heritage Minister Bev Oda to reveal the Conservative governments
true intentions for the future of Status of Women Canada.
Conservative grassroots community is actively campaigning for the demise of this
important agency which promotes the rights of women in Canada, said Ms.
Minna. Ms. Oda must come clean and reveal whether or not she will bow to
the pressure of these extreme right-wing groups or if she will take a stand and
publicly distance herself from their position.
Recent media reports
indicate that several socially Conservative blogs have begun a campaign to eliminate
the federal agency for the Status of Women. The group REAL women of Canada, which
also opposes same-sex marriage and legalized abortion, launched the campaign because
of their belief that the agency promotes feminist policies on the false
premise that women in Canada are victims of a patriarchal society. Read
Society Silences Non-Advocacy Paralegals
having your ability to make a living severally changed or eliminated, and you
are not able to use your constitutional right to speak out in protest. That
is what the non-advocacy paralegal faces, as the McGuinty government moves forward
with its controversial Bill 14, The Access to Justice Act. The bill,
if passed, would have paralegals regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Court orders sign language services
a landmark ruling, the Federal Court of Canada has ordered the federal government
to make professional sign language interpretation services available on request
when providing services to people who are deaf or affected by hearing loss. Read
and HIV: The promise of microbicides
Sheppard, CBC News Online
to the World Health Organization, women account for nearly 70 per cent of HIV-AIDS
most people think about AIDS, they see it primarily as a problem of the gay community
or of those who share needles. And they wouldn't be wrong.
over the past half-dozen or so years, the face of AIDS in Canada and the United
States has begun to change quite dramatically. More and more of those acquiring
the disease turn out to be young heterosexual women, infected
by their partners. Read
16th International AIDS Conference
from the XVI International AIDS Conference,
Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18, in Toronto,
Leaders Speak Out: Mr. William Jefferson Clinton and Stephen Lewis - August 15,
2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
Transcript and/or View Video of this session
Gates Address Stigma, Other Challenges to Combating HIV/AIDS Pandemic - August
14, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
in Ending the Epidemic: Mr. William J. Clinton and William Gates - August 14,
2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
Transcript and/or View Video of this session
HIV/AIDS Advocate Richard Gere Says Media is Crucial in Fighting Pandemic - August
14, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
at the Frontline in the AIDS Response - August 14, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS
Transcript and/or View Video of this session
and AIDS: Spreading Information Faster than the Disease - August 14, 2006 -- XVI
International AIDS Conference
Panelists at this session discuss the
mobilization of the media industry following the 2004 launch of the Global Media
AIDS Initiative by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a special meeting organized
by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS.
Read Transcript and/or View
Video of this session
Level Session on Leadership: Time to Deliver for Women and Girls - August 13,
2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
Transcript and/or View Video of this session
Address at 16th International AIDS Conference Aug. 13, 2006 by Governor General
Roundup for Friday, August 18, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
Delegates at the
closing of the XVI International AIDS conference in Toronto were reminded that
now is the "Time to Deliver." Read
Roundup for Thursday, August 17, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
The XVI International
AIDS Conference began today by addressing the need for a coordinated and comprehensive
approach to HIV that includes elements some say are often overlooked, like
human rights and youth. Read More
Roundup for Wed., August 16, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
On Wednesday, achieving
universal access to HIV/AIDS was a major focus of the conference. The World
Health Organization released new estimates of global antiretroviral therapy coverage.
Roundup for Tuesday, August 15, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
The latest Daily Roundup includes comments from actor Richard Gere and
former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Read
Roundup for Monday, August 14, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
The Daily Roundup for Monday,
August 14 looks at the AIDS 2006 theme Time To Deliver and
features comments from Bill and Melinda Gates and former U.S. President
you can participate online (free) in the 16th International AIDS Conference -
Aug. 13 to 18, 2006
preparation for the 16th International
AIDS Conference taking place in Toronto from Aug.
13 - 18th, 2006, (and to help inform both myself as a conference delegate
and other DAWN members) we've assembled some information on Women
and HIV/AIDS (see below) from the International
Women's Health Coalition (IWHC).
note that portions of the AIDS 2006 Conference will be available for viewing on
the Internet at no cost and with no registration... Webcasts and transcripts,
along with additional coverage, will be accessible at a later date. You can now
sign up now to receive a daily update email during the week of the conference,
providing summaries of each day's developments and direct access to all of the
online coverage. Sign up at www.kaisernetwork.org/aids2006.
those of you living in or near the Greater Toronto Area, please note that there
are a number of women's events that will be held in the Global
Village at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. These are open to the general
public (free of charge) as well as to conference delegates.
is the link to the Programme available online: www.aids2006.org/PAG/ProgrammeAtAGlance.aspx.
Any event marked with GV as the venue is scheduled to take place in the
Global Village and does not require a conference badge to attend. As
an example, here are 2 events scheduled at the Global Village (which I am anxious
An interactive session hosted by Association for Women's Rights in Development
the Money for Women's Rights and HIV/AIDS?
AWID will share
its 'hot off the press' research on resources for women's rights organizations
and HIV/AIDS. Come share and learn if women are being short-changed and become
part of the strategies to mobilize more resources for women's rights. For more
info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun. Aug. 13, 2006 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: Global Village,
Main Stage, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Hosted by the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW),
International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) and AWID:
Her Own Words: Violations of Women's Human Rights and HIV
Moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault (CNN-Johannesburg)
This panel will
expose rights violations that have led to the growing number of women who are
now living with HIV, calling for greater respect and promotion of women's rights
within the HIV/AIDS response. Panelists from different parts of the world -- HIV+
women activists and policy analysts -- will identify where appropriate policy
or program interventions might have made the difference in terms of HIV status,
treatment and community response. For more info, contact Cami Hilsendager at email@example.com.
Mon. Aug. 14, 2006 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Global Village, Main
Stage, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
and HIV/AIDS: Select Facts
Women are increasingly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
Young people, especially young women, are disproportionately at risk.
Women and girls do not have access to comprehensive information and services.
The biggest HIV/AIDS risk for many
women and girls is marriage.
Sexual coercion and violence lead to a greater chance of infection. Read
With Women Worldwide: A Compact to End HIV/AIDS
priority actions for making global HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care strategies
work for women. Developed by a group of women advocates for use in 2006 negotiations
on HIV/AIDS and beyond. ... Read More
and HIV/AIDS: Women's Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS:
Context: Women's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS Worldwide
In January 2002, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan announced that for
the first time, women represented half of HIV-positive individuals worldwide,
and more than half in sub-Saharan Africa, the region of the world hit hardest
by the epidemic. HIV/AIDS had become a generalized epidemic in many African countries,
moving from high-risk groups such as sex workers and injection drug users to the
general population, largely because of pervasive gender inequality. The combination
of social and political inequalities and severe poverty is lethal to women in
the developing world, rendering them disproportionately vulnerable to the virus.
... Read more
Commitment: Addressing Women's Realities Despite
women's disproportionate vulnerability, few programs aimed at curbing the pandemic's
spread target them or reflect the realities of their lives. If we want to stop
HIV/AIDSin Africa, in Asia, in Latin America, in Eastern Europe, and in
Canada and the United States we must do two things: ... Read
Empowering Women on the Ground
colleagues worldwide are providing young people with the information, skills,
and strategies to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS, and advocating for policies
that mandate the gender-sensitive comprehensive sexuality education that will
enable future generations to reach adulthood in good health. They are also working
to erode the gender inequalities that fuel the epidemic's spread by advocating
for women's sexual and reproductive rights and focusing attention on the realities
of women's lives. For example: ... Read
Advancing Gender Equity and Human Rights in the Global Response to HIV/AIDS
As the world enters
the third decade of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, women especially the
young and the poor are increasingly affected. Because gender inequity fuels
HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS fuels gender inequity, it is
imperative that women and girls speak out, set priorities for action, and lead
the global response to the crisis. The ATHENA
Network was created to realize this imperative.
strives to bridge the communities around the world that are addressing gender,
human rights, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. Further, ATHENA
promotes the leadership and participation of women and girls, especially those
living with HIV/AIDS, as central to the global response. Through these efforts,
we are guided by four central mandates for our collective work the indivisibility
and intersectionality of issues and experiences; the need for independence and
integrity; the inclusion of grassroots and indigenous groups; and the importance
of intergenerational exchange, new voices, and the involvement of youth. Read
A Dose of Reality: Women's
Rights in the Fight against HIV/AIDS
global HIV/AIDS pandemic is taking a catastrophic toll on women and girls. The
number of HIV infections among women and girls has risen in every region in recent
years, and in sub-Saharan Africa, women and girls constitute nearly 60 percent
of those living with HIV. In some countries, the HIV infection rates for girls
are many times higher than for boys. The rising number of HIV infections among
women and girls is directly related to violence against women and their unequal
legal, economic, and social status.
of women's and girls' human rights impede their access to HIV/AIDS information
and services, including testing and treatment. Those who do obtain HIV services
sometimes face disclosure of their confidential HIV test results by public health
officials without the women's consent. This heightens women's risk of being ostracized
by their communities and abused by their intimate partners.
around the world have done far too little to combat the entrenched, chronic abuses
of women's and girls' human rights that put them at risk of HIV. Misguided HIV/AIDS
programs and policies, such as those emphasizing abstinence until marriage, ignore
the brutal realities many women and girls face. By failing to enact and effectively
enforce laws on domestic violence, marital rape, women's equal property rights,
and sexual abuse of girls, and by tolerating customs and traditions that subordinate
women, governments are enabling HIV/AIDS to continue claiming the lives of women
and girls. Read
and HIV/AIDS: The Barcelona Bill of Rights
we enter the third decade of HIV/AIDS, women, especially the young and the poor,
are the most affected. Because gender inequality fuels the HIV/AIDS pandemic,
it is imperative that women and girls speak out, set priorities for action and
lead the global response to the crisis. Therefore, women and girls from around
the world unite and urge all governments, organizations, agencies, donors, communities
and individuals to make our rights a reality. Read
by Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa to High-Level Panel on U.N.
Reform in Geneva
There is a crying
need for an international agency for women. Every stitch of evidence we have,
right across the entire spectrum of gender inequality suggests the urgent need
for a multilateral agency. The great dreams of the international conferences in
Vienna, Cairo and Beijing have never come to pass. It matters not the issue: whether
it's levels of sexual violence, or HIV/AIDS, or maternal mortality, or armed conflict,
or economic empowerment, or parliamentary representation, women are in terrible
trouble. And things are getting no better. Read
Steps for Canada: Stephen Lewis and Canadian civil society groups demand action
on global AIDS crisis
to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in advance of AIDS Conference
Stephen Lewis, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for
AIDS in Africa, today joined the Global
Treatment Access Group (GTAG) and the Make
Poverty History Campaign
in calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take decisive action
in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Global AIDS Crisis: Four Steps for Canada is a civil society platform for
action to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS globally and to improve the quality of life
of people living with HIV/AIDS. The platform has already been endorsed by more
than 80 organizations across Canada, including the labour movement, faith groups,
AIDS organizations, student groups, human rights advocates, and humanitarian and
development organizations. Read More
stigma surrounding abortion continues in New Brunswick - Open Letter from Dr.
New Brunswick government continues to deny women access to publicly funded abortions.
Under the current Medical Services Payment Act, to have an abortion covered by
Medicare, women are obliged to have the approval of two doctors in writing and
the abortion must be performed in a hospital by a gynecologist. This leaves women
with no family doctor or an anti-choice doctor no option other than the Morgentaler
Clinic in Fredericton. This discriminatory practice must stop. Read
Sun, columnist Daphne Bramham slams the Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed
In the July 22, 2006 Vancouver Sun, columnist Daphne Bramham
slams the Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed
Livable Income. (page C4) See article here: http://tinyurl.com/fs3kj
states: "Far from helping women like them, this report makes the whole idea
[guaranteed income] seem ridiculous." and "The 72-page report by Cindy
L'Hirondelle reeks of a sloppy, sentimentalist view of nature, a vision of an
idyllic, Rousseau-ian rural life minus the peasants." and"Please, somebody
tell me that the Victoria Status of Women Action Group's recently released list
of benefits of a guaranteed annual income wasn't written for David Letterman."
Women file complaint against Ontario Chief Justice
R.E.A.L. Women clan are at it again ... Now they've filed a formal complaint
against Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry with the Canadian Judicial Council,
alleging judicial misconduct.
Letter/Petition to Mr. Harper demanding that the Gov't of Canada stop supporting
hope you will add your names to this Open
Letter/Petition to Harper demanding that the Gov't of Canada stop supporting
Israeli violence. We would like to get as many signatures as possible. Please
feel free to forward to all individuals that may be willing to support our cause
and invite them to sign as well. Read
Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2006
Victims Rarely Report Abuse: StatsCan Report
Victimization surveys have
shown that spousal violence frequently involves multiple incidents. However, a
new study examining 10 years of police-reported data shows that most spousal violence
is reported to police on only a single occasion.
study, which analyzed spousal violence offenders and their contact with police
using a 10-year data file for 1995 to 2004, was published today in the 2006 edition
of Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile. It found that 8 out of every
10 spousal offenders were reported to police on only one occasion during the 10-year
time frame. Persons accused of repeated spousal violence (those with two to four
police-reported incidents of spousal violence) accounted for 18% of the total.
Only 1% were considered chronic abusers, that is they were involved in five or
more reported incidents. Read More
report (2) turns a blind eye to women by
Laila Malik, CWHN
Despite the mounting
evidence as well as Canada's many commitments to using Gender-Based Analysis
in policy and program development federal health studies somehow remain
20 years ago, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) issued an in-depth
report calling for action to address mental health concerns facing women in Canada.
Mental Health in Canada: Strategies for Change
warned of the dire mental health effects of the feminization of poverty and violence
against women and drew attention to the disproportionate number of women assigned
with the diagnostic categories of depression and anxiety. It outlined 25 recommendations
for improvement, including the development of affordable, high quality child-care
services, the establishment of pay equity policies, recognition of unpaid caregiving,
and the creation of a national clearinghouse of research and programs on women's
mental health. The report was promptly buried, its recommendations consigned to
Cancer Risk Higher in Women Smokers but Survival Better
The risk of lung cancer is significantly greater for
women than for men.
cancer now accounts for more deaths in women
than any other cancer including breast cancer and colon cancer combined. Read
of Choice: It's In Our Hands: Stop Violence Against Women
Amnesty International Report 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.Read
Court Ruling Strikes Down Lower Court's Ruling on Autism Therapy
Court of Appeal rules that the province's refusal to fund therapy for autistic
children older than five does not constitute age discrimination
Report Card on the Status of Women in New Brunswick
Statistical Profile by the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Economic Justice Report available online
April, 2006 the Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed Livable Income
was released at a public meeting in Victoria BC. Follow this link to read
copies of the report (printed with 100% recycled newsprint with a colour cover)
have been distributed to many groups and individuals in across Canada and a few
to the US and overseas. Out of 1000 copies, we have only 200 hard copies left
which we are reserving for those without easy access to the internet. Read
Are Wage Supplements the Answer to the Problems of the Working Poor?
Jackson, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2006
The idea of addressing
poverty through some kind of wage supplementation program has been around for
some time, but has only recently moved to the centre stage of Canadian social
policy. Unlike the more visionary concept of a Guaranteed Annual Income for all
citizens, wage supplements are intended to promote and support employment in low-paid
jobs. This paper examines different recommendations and finds wage supplements
can play useful supporting roles in assisting the working poor, but should not
be seen as the centerpiece of a new social architecture. Read the report: Are
Wage Supplements the Answer to the Problems of the Working Poor?
There Is No Doctor: Now Available Online
Hesperian Foundation is proud to announce that their classic manual, Where
There Is No Doctor, is now available online! Follow
this link to access the 2006 edition on their website. According
to the World Health Organization, Where There Is No Doctor is perhaps the
most widely used health care manual for health workers, clinicians, and others
involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs around
the world. The manual provides practical, easily understood information on how
to diagnose, treat, and prevent many common illnesses. With over 90 translations
and adaptations of the book available worldwide, and millions of copies in print,
the book is an essential health resource for individuals and communities around
Domestic Violence Death Review Cttee Releases Annual Report
Barry McLellan, Chief Coroner of Ontario, announced today the release of the third
annual report of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC).
The report contains
an overview of domestic violence deaths occurring in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
that were reviewed by the committee, along with the statistical analysis of information
collected. Recommendations arising from the review are also included in the report.
DVDRC is an advisory committee and reports directly to the chief coroner. The
committee was created in response to recommendations made by the juries in the
coroner's inquests in the deaths of Arlene May and Randy Iles (1998), and
Gillian and Ralph Hadley (2002), as well as the Joint Committee on Domestic
Violence. The committee members are drawn from the health, justice, advocacy
and social services sectors. Read More
Direct Attack on Abortion Rights
Joyce Arthur, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
June 21st, Parliament saw first reading of a private
member’s bill by Liberal MP Paul Steckle to re-criminalize abortion. Bill
C-338, 'An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (procuring a miscarriage after 20 weeks
of gestation), would restrict later abortions performed after twenty weeks.
bill would allow exceptions to save the woman’s life and “to prevent severe pathological
physical morbidity of the woman.” It
would impose a prison term of up to five years, and/or a fine of up to $100,000
on anyone who “uses any means or permits any means to be used” to perform an abortion
past 20 weeks.
MP Paul Steckle introduces bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks
facts on later abortions in Canada
Women of Canada's lobby efforts to disband Status of Women & the Standing
Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO) -
Women of Canada has obtained an additional Access to Information request on
feminist groups for 2004 - 2005 through Status of Women Canada. In
their latest newsletter (May-June 2006), they've posted budgets to organizations
such as LEAF, NAWL, & NAC on their website as a part of their Letter Writing
Campaign to MPs.
to the specific articles in their online Newsletter:
Discrimination of Status of Women:
Feminists Face Changing Times:
anyone who doesn't wish to visit the REAL Women website, DAWN Ontario has copied
and pasted the text from the REAL Women letter to MPs dated April 4, 2006 at this
français : Le
lobby R.E.A.L. Women of Canada tente de faire démanteler Condition féminine
Canada et le Comité permanent de la condition féminine (CPCF)
Count Us In!
and Homeless Women in Downtown East Toronto -
Project Partners: Ontario
Prevention Clearinghouse, Ontario Women's Health Network, Toronto Christian Resource
Centre and Toronto Public Health
are the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set a powerful agenda for a global partnership
to fight poverty, offering a shared vision of a better world by the year 2015.
aim to cut extreme poverty by half, ensure every child has the chance to go to
school and live a long and healthy life, and bring discrimination against women
to an end. The risks of dying as a result of childbirth are to be dramatically
reduced, deadly diseases brought under control, the environment better managed,
and the benefits of progress more equally shared by all the nations of the world.
Together, the aspirations set out in the MDGs and their associated targets and
indicators represent a powerful framework for action.
3 challenges discrimination against women, and seeks to ensure that girls
as well as boys have the chance to go to school. Indicators linked to this goal
aim to measure progress towards ensuring that more women become literate, have
more voice and representation in public policy and decision making, and have improved
job prospects. But the issue of gender equality is not limited to a single goal
it applies to all of them. Without progress towards gender equality and
the empowerment of women, none of the MDGs will be achieved.
Plain language guide to MDGs
most vulnerable are losing out: says Ontario's Ombudsman André Marin
- Ombudsman Ontario Press Release
May 31, 2006
disabled have lost out on disability benefits to the tune of at least
$6 million, as a result of delays in processing their applications
for support by the Ministry of Community and Social Services Ontario Disability
Support Program and the impact of a provincial regulation, which limited retroactive
benefit payments to four months. Thousands of Ontarios most vulnerable
citizens have become losers in a cruelly insensitive and intensely bureaucratic
waiting game Mr. Marin notes in his latest report titled Losing
the Waiting Game.
Ontario Disability Support Program provides income support, health and other benefits
for people with disabilities who are in financial need. The Ombudsmans investigation
was launched after the office received 71 complaints of delays of up to 10 months
at the Ontario Disability Support Programs Disability Adjudication Unit,
which is charged with determining whether or not an applicant for financial support
meets the stringent definition of a person with a disability as set
out in the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997. During the Ombudsmans
investigation, an additional 74 complainants came forward and upon reviewing Ministry
statistics it was found that at least 4,630 individuals and probably many more,
were affected during the period from April 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005 alone.
add insult to injury, Mr. Marin found that once an applicant was deemed to be
entitled to financial support, they were limited by regulation, to receiving four
months of retroactive benefits, regardless of how long it may have taken for the
Ministry to process their application and even though the delay was through no
fault of their own. Read More
to Action to End Women's Poverty - June
Woman Stuck In Poverty...
Is A Woman Stuck In Abuse
coalition of women's advocates and anti-violence & income security groups
have come together to create an avalanche of support to demand real change.
We are calling on all women to raise our collective feminist
voices - TOO LOUD TO BE IGNORED AND TOO ANGRY TO BE APPEASED
- until real changes are made.
Q & A, Get Informed & Take Action
Women Learn to Use CEDAW as a Tool for Change
- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
- 35th Session, May 15 - June 2, 2006
Canada & CEDAW
FAFIA Factsheet: CEDAW Anniversary Campaign FACTSHEET:
What is CEDAW?
Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed Livable Income released
April 29, 2006, the "Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed Livable
Income" was released. This
72-page report documents over 40 interviews held with women between September
2005 to April 2006 to examine these questions:
- What would the benefits
of Guaranteed Livable Income be to women? To family and community? To children?
How would it impact health, equality, spirituality, politics, peace and the environment?
- How do the
benefits of GLI compare with the impacts of poverty?
How does GLI compare with the goal of jobs as a solution to poverty?
What are the barriers and strategies to achieving a GLI?
are the concerns about what could go wrong?
community initiatives would complement a GLI?
report also contains the article The Strong Case for a Guaranteed Livable Income;
data on women's income specially acquired for the project from Revenue Canada;
and where to learn more or get involved. This project was funded by Status of
Women Canada BC/Yukon Region. Read More
- Engaging women to advance equality through technology
- Vol. 11 Sept 11, 2006
- Vol. 10 Jun 27, 2006
- Vol. 9 Jun 08, 2006
- Vol. 8 May 23, 2006
- Vol. 7 May 04, 2006
- Vol. 6 Apr 25, 2006
- Vol. 5 Apr 11, 2006
- Vol. 4 Mar 23, 2006
- Vol. 3 Mar 07, 2006
- Vol. 2 Feb 23, 2006
- Vol. 1 Feb 06, 2006
the Clawback of the NCBS -
National Child Benefit Supplement
Off Now Campaign - Take Action!
a Petition to End the Clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS)
Welfare Wall -- Hiding the Truth about Poverty
in Canada & the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) Claw Back