Harper, you may be ready to remove equality from the government's mandate, but the women of Canada are not.
How can we take equality off of the mandate of Status of Women Canada when we have not even achieved the goals set out by the report of The Royal Commission on the Status of Women (RCSW) tabled in 1970?
You, along with your male predecessors, have benefited from a divide and conquer approach to women. While groups like REAL women blame feminists for the undervaluing of their role as caregivers, the RCSW in fact recommended the valuing of care work. Among the recommendations of the commission were:
- Women should be free to choose whether or not to take employment outside their homes
- The care of children is a responsibility to shared by the mother, the father, and society
- The relationship of unpaid work to the economy should be clarified and, perhaps, included in the Gross National Product (GNP)
We want are fucking equality! And, moreover, we want equity...meaning we want men to start taking on an equal share of caring responsibilities. In short, not only do we want to ensure that gains continue to be met in the "public sphere", we now want to turn attention to equality in the "private sphere".
You cannot take equality off the mandate without providing a rationale.
The time has come for a new commission to investigate the status of women in Canada. Just as the original RCSW had women across Canada submit briefs, we need to once again have a commission grounded in participatory democracy.
The women of Canada will decide when it is time to remove equality from the agenda.
Go visit Status Report to organize and mobilize.
Send your personal photo message to Harper via: email@example.com
Send an email to the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women and voice your concern that the Harper government is failing to meet Canada's commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action : firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources and Links:
O'Neill, B. (2003). The Royal Commission of the Status of Women: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Retrieved October 10, 2006 from http://www.uwc-wpg.mb.ca/royal_commission_talk.pdf
Timpson, A.M. (2001). Driven Apart: Women's Employment and Child Care in Canadian Public Policy. Vancouver: UBC Press.