National Council of Women of Canada Responds to Federal Budget Cuts

Monday, July 26 2010

Ottawa, September 26, 2006: Stephen Harper promised to "take concrete and immediate measures …to ensure that Canada fully upholds its commitments to women." The 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 individual’s rights have been violated.Harper’s 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?

The National Council of Women of Canda (NCWC) is a non-sectarian, non-partisan federation of voluntary organizations and individuals, whose goal is to improve the quality of life for women and society through research , education and cooperation. NCWC was founded in 1893 and has played a leading role in many of the milestones reached in Canadian social history. Responding to a variety of interests embraced by its affiliates, NCWC has often been a leader in presenting developing issues to the government. From women’s equality to children’s’ rights, public health reforms to inner-city playgrounds, consumer protection to citizenship work, the concerns of NCWC have been wide ranging and its influence far reaching. For more information consult our web site at www.ncwc.ca. As an NGO, we hold Consultative Status (II) with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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