UFCW Canada, the National Council Women’s Advisory Committee, and community allies have endorsed Up for Debate – a national campaign to raise awareness about women’s rights in the lead up to the 2015 federal election. Up for Debate calls on all political parties to commit to a federal leaders’ debate on issues identified by women – the first in 30 years, and to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and abroad.
Why have a debate? Women make up half the population and labor force, yet in the last federal leaders’ debates the word “women” was barely mentioned.
We’re calling for all political parties to detail and debate their platform commitments to:
Ending women’s economic inequality: Address growing economic inequality and income gaps, including between women themselves. Recognize women’s contributions to the economy and society, and fund public services and social programs that help lift women out of poverty, beginning with universal childcare, affordable housing, and fairer immigration policies.
Ending violence against women: Take a comprehensive, well-resourced approach to addressing the root causes of violence against women in Canada, including the extreme levels of violence against Aboriginal women and girls. Provide support for survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, challenge sexism that perpetuates violence, and show leadership on the international stage to end violence against women in all forms.
Supporting women’s leadership and organizations: Recognize the fundamental role that women’s organizations play in bringing about positive social change, and re-invest in Canada’s organizations and institutions that champion justice and equality for all women. Create a flagship Canadian fund to support women’s organizations and women’s human rights defenders around the world.
So far, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May have endorsed the debate. Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and Mario Beaulieu have yet to sign on. Take action and send a message, to add your voice to the millions of Canadians calling for a debate to address women’s rights by visiting our website at: UP FOR THE DEBATE