Write to the Prime Minister to Increase Funding to Women's Equality-Seeking Groups

Tuesday, July 27 2010

URGENT - Sample Letter to Prime Minister available re increased funding to Women's Equality-Seeking Groups

Posted at http://dawn.thot.net/sow2.html

Now is the time to ACT and stand in solidarity with women's equality-seeking groups who on a daily basis, struggle to advance women's equality with very little resources.

Please write to Stephen Harper & send copies to the Minister Responsible for Status of Women and to the Liberal, NDP and Bloc Québecois Critics for Status of Women.

As previously posted, the R.E.A.L. Women of Canada group has been lobbying for the last 7 years to disband Status of Women. With Harper and the Conservatives in power, the time to act is NOW!

A copy of the sample letter appears below, followed by contact information.

You can also download the sample letter as a Word doc from the DAWN Ontario

website.Please write!



Mr. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON

Dear Prime Minister Harper:

During the recent federal election, you acknowledged that "Canada still has more to do to meet its international obligations to women's equality". I appreciate this acknowledgement. I am also pleased to learn that you plan to "take concrete and immediate measures, as recommended by the United Nations, to ensure that governments in Canada fully uphold their equality commitments to women(1)." http://www.fafia-afai.org/images/Conservative_response_Jan182006.pdf

As you may know, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Canada's ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Canada ratified this convention in 1981 with the consent of all provinces and territories . While I recognize that some women in Canada have made progress since then, many women have been left behind.

In this anniversary year, you, as Prime Minister, have a unique opportunity to ensure Canada's full accountability for its human rights commitments to women. To do this, the federal government must sustain both its own efforts to achieve equality for women and its support of non-governmental organizations' contributions.

In particular, you can improve Canada's performance under CEDAW by immediately supporting the Minister of Status of Women to do the following:

These steps are necessary because as you know, women continue to face violence and poverty at highly disproportionate rates. For example, in 2004, 37% of all female homicide victims were killed by a current or former spouse, whereas this was the case with only 4% of male homicide victims(2).

As well, in 2003, women employed full-time full-year in Canada earned only 71% of the amount earned by similarly employed males(3). As a consequence, more women than men are poor in Canada. In particular, the poverty rate for female lone parent led families is 38%, compared with just 13% of lone parent families headed by men, and just 7% of non-elderly two-parent families(4). These realities are only aggravated if one is a woman of colour, an immigrant woman, a woman with disabilities and/or an Aboriginal woman.

In addition, with women holding only 21% of the seats in the federal Parliament and 22% in the new federal cabinet, issues of significance to women do not always get the attention they deserve. As a consequence, through the research, analysis and support provided by Status of Women Canada, many women's organizations in Canada are able to play a vital democratic role in gathering and reflecting women's voices and experiences.

These voices contribute to the development of just public policy for all Canadians.

As Canada prepares to report back to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in early 2007, it is time for Canada to make meaningful progress on the long-standing recommendations from the UN. Progress in these areas would represent positive steps towards improving Canada's record and advancing women's human rights in Canada. With your support, Canada can make the 25th anniversary of our ratification of CEDAW an event worth celebrating.


[Your name and address]

cc: The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Status of Women - Oda.B@parl.gc.ca

Ms. Maria Minna, Critic, Status of Women, Liberal Party - Minna.M@parl.gc.ca

Ms. Irene Mathyssen, Critic, Status of Women, New Democratic Party - Mathyssen.I@parl.gc.ca

Mme Maria Maurani, Critic, Status of Women, Bloc Québecois - Mourani.Ma@parl.gc.ca

(1) To see the UN's recommendations to Canada please see: http://www.fafia-afai.org/images/CEDAW_UNrecs_to_Canada_2003.pdf

(2) Statistics Canada. 2006. Women in Canada 2005.p.164

(3) Statistics Canada. 2006. Women in Canada 2005. p.152

(4) Statistics Canada. 2006. Women in Canada 2005. (2003 data). P.144



Find your local MP's contact info at this link:


Send letter to:

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister
Email: pm@pm.gc.ca
Address: Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street, Ottawa K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900

Send copies to:

Bev Oda, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women CanadaEmail: Oda.B@parl.gc.ca

Address: House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Fax: 613.992.2794

Maria Minna, Critic, Status of Women, Liberal Party Email: Minna.M@parl.gc.ca

Address: House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Fax: 613.996.7942

Irene Mathyssen, Critic, Status of Women, New Democratic Party Email: Mathyssen.I@parl.gc.ca

Address: House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Fax: 613.943.8717

Mme Maria Maurani, Critic, Status of Women, Bloc Québecois Email: Mourani.Ma@parl.gc.ca

Address: House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Fax: 613.992.1932

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