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Letter in Support of Status of Women Canada

Wednesday, December 13, 2006
This is the letter I sent in support of Status of Women Canada. If you'd like to send a letter of your own, your letter has to be received by tomorrow (Dec. 13).

December 12, 2006

Attention: House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women

Dear Committee Members:

I am writing to you to urge the Federal Government to
(i) reverse its decision to change the terms and conditions of the Women's Program; and
(ii) to reverse its decision to reduce the administrative budget of Status of Women Canada.

Status of Women Canada has a long and proud history of advocating for women, for funding important research, and for funding a variety of programs that provide direct service and support to Canadian women. While it is important to provide direct service and support (e.g., retraining or other help in meeting women’s immediate or short-term needs), it's just as important to address the systemic problems that continue to present barriers to women’s full participation in the economic, social, cultural, and political life of Canada. Status of Women Canada's tradition mandate has provided the necessary frame of reference:

Status of Women Canada (SWC) is the federal government agency which promotes gender equality, and the full participation of women in the economic, social, cultural and political life of the country. SWC focuses its work in three areas: improving women's economic autonomy and well-being, eliminating systemic violence against women and children, and advancing women's human rights.

SWC works to provide Canadians with strengthened and more equitable public policy by conducting gender-based analysis and promoting its application throughout the federal government. It supports research that brings the gender dimensions of policy issues into the public agenda. SWC also plays a vital role in supporting the work of women's and other equality-seeking organizations. It promotes women's equality in collaboration with organizations from the non-governmental, voluntary and private sectors. In promoting women's equality globally, SWC works with other countries and international organizations. (2006-02-06)

Because important lobbying and advocacy work must continue, the terms and conditions of the Women's Program should not be changed. And because there is so much more important work to be done in promoting women's equality in Canadian society (as revealed in the Statistics Canada report Women in Canada: A Gender-Based Statistical Report, released March 7, 2006), the administrative budget of Status of Women Canada should be increased rather than reduced.


Ann Douglas

cc Hon. Stephane Dion, Leader of the Opposition
Hon. Jack Layton, Leader of the NDP
Hon. Gilles Duceppe, Leader of the Bloc Quebecois
Hon. Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women
Hon. Maria Minna, Liberal critic for the Status of Women
Hon. Irene Mathysson, NDP critic for the Status of Women
Hon. Maria Mourani, Bloc critic for the Status Of Women


| posted by Ann D @ 12:02 AM