Why are “women’s issues” important and even necessary to champion ?
These efforts are necessary because, despite the achievement of formal guarantees of equality for women in Canadian laws and in the Constitution, and despite important progress for some women over the last 50 years, women’s inequality remains deeply entrenched and systemic. As numerous studies and reports have demonstrated, sexual discrimination is ongoing at work, in the family, in political life and in our social and cultural institutions. Women from historically disadvantaged groups suffer ever deeper and more serious forms of inequality. This has been eloquently documented in the alternative report prepared in 2002 by FAFIA and its member groups to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and the joint FAFIA and NAWL alternative report that was submitted in 2006 to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (see www.fafia.org, and www.nawl.ca).
The recent Statistics Canada report, Women in Canada 2005,1 and the federally commissioned report of the Expert Panel on Accountability Mechanisms for Gender Equality, entitled Equality for Women: Beyond the Illusion, released in July 2006 reiterates this reality:
Harper’s Conservatives are cutting funding to feminist organizations. By marginalizing the rights of women, he hurts us all:
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- left an egg in the oven. My husband thinks that makes him a prick. I think more along the lines of character building little critter.
In other news I’m wearing my ‘fat pants’ in anticipation of this evening’s Easter menu. You can see now why nudity on this blog is not an option.
Happy Easter all. And check your oven.
In an effort to attract followers to this blog I thought of my options:
- good solid writing - quickly rejected
- nudity - 20 years too late
- work on my charisma - take too long
- send threatening emails to all my friends telling them “you’re dead to me unless you start following me” or something along those lines. Yep. That’s a winner!
On my way back from a morning run I dropped into my folks’ place. I saw my soon-to-be-70-years (gasp) old Dad reading Bossypants. That my friends is good DNA.
computer. hands down.