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Status of Women Act: Sign the Petition

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) welcomes the private members bill that will give Status of Women Canada a legislated mandate. CFUW congratulates Member of Parliament, Irene Mathyssen, Status of Women Critic for the New Democratic Party, for this great initiative.

Since 2006 women’s groups have been under a systematic attack; the de-funding of women’s organizations, the cancellation of the Court Challenges Program, hundreds of requests for research funding denied, attacks on pay equity, and Status of Women offices closed and understaffed.  These actions have taken place while Canada continues to see a large wage gap and systemic violence against women resulting in hundreds of women missing or murdered without justice served.  What is worse is that Status of Women Canada has fewer resources and no government plan to deal with these problems head on.

Mathyssen’s bill (C-581) will work to ensure that Status of Women Canada remains a federal institution that can work independently of political influence to promote and protect women’s human rights.

CFUW calls on all political parties to support this bill and women’s equality.

Print off and circulate petitions in support of this bill, click here to download the petition.

Sisters in Spirit – Sign the Petition

WHEREAS: The Native Women’s Association of Canada, as part of their Sisters in Spirit campaign, has identified 520 missing and murdered Aboriginal women whose cases go back to 1970; the equivalent in the whole Canadian population would be 18,000 missing or murdered women. This research has convinced the following Canadians that violence against Aboriginal women must be stopped and that we need to find the strategies, resources and tools to stop women from disappearing.
We, the undersigned, call upon the Parliament of Canada to: ensure NWAC receives sufficient funding to continue its important work protecting women through its Sisters in Spirit initiative and to invest in initiatives recommended by NWAC to help prevent more women from disappearing.

Simply print and circulate for signatures.