I'm having a great time harassing my MP. I hate him. He sent me back a form letter last week and I sent him another well-informed one letting him know that that's not good enough for me. Anyways, send something along if you can.
"Join the December 10 th campaign for Women's Equality and Human
Rights in Canada
We are an ad hoc group of nationally and regionally based
organizations (see below) which are very concerned about the
negative impact on women of many of the federal government's
recent decisions. These decisions include: 1/ changes to the
funding criteria for women's groups, such as the removal of the
word equality and barring of all advocacy and lobbying by women's
groups (with federal funds); 2/ c uts to the operating budget of
Status of Women Canada in the order of approximately 40%; 3/
cancellation of the Court Challenges Program; 4/, refusal to adopt
improved pay equity legislation and; 5/ cancellation of a pan-
Canadian child care program resulting in cuts of $1.2 billion
annually to provinces and territories for child care services.
These decisions are an affront to women, and the groups that
defend women's rights. They are also a departure from Canada's
long-standing commitment to the promotion of women's equality and
In response, we are organizing a campaign which will challenge the
federal government to immediately improve its record on women's
equality and human rights, and encourage all Members of Parliament
to speak up on behalf of women. It is critical that Canada
maintain its leadership as a forward looking country that values
the progressive realization of all women's human rights.
The campaign begins on Monday, November 13th and will go until
Sunday, December 10th, International Human Rights Day. It has
four components . We invite individuals and organizations to join
us in one or all of these initiatives:
1- Lobby your Member of Parliament (MP)
2- Write to Prime Minister Harper
3- Mobilize locally before December 10 (on Friday December
8,2006 if you can)
4- Rally in Ottawa on December 10.
MPs will be in their ridings next week (the week of November 13th)
for the Remembrance Day break of the House of Commons. We invite
you to contact your MP at this time or anytime before December 10
th . If he or she is a Conservative, please share your concerns.
If they represent an Opposition party, invite them to show their
support for women's equality and human rights advocacy by
presenting a statement in the House.
To assist you, we have prepared:
§ a model letter to Prime Minister Harper that groups and
individuals can use as is or adapt ;
§ One page fact sheets on the following key issues; pay
equity, childcare, cuts to Status of Women Canada, changes to the
terms and conditions of the Women's Program and Canada's
compliance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of
Discrimination Against Women (available at www.criaw-icref.ca)
§ A one page lobby guide for your efforts with your Member
§ A model statement (called a Standing Order 31) that MP's
can read in the House of Commons
§ A model press release that you can use or adapt to
share the news of your activities between now and December 10th.
WHY DECEMBER 10TH ?
December 10, 2006 is International Human Rights Day. It will also
mark the 25th anniversary date of Canada 's ratification of the UN
Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination
against Women (CEDAW). Instead of celebrating this historic
milestone, we will be mobilizing to ensure that Prime Minister
Harper respects his own election commitment to uphold women's
equality and human rights in Canada. During the 2006 election
campaign, Mr Harper stated:
"If elected, I will take concrete and immediate measures, as
recommended by the United Nations, to ensure that Canada fully
upholds its commitments to women in Canada." ( January 18, 2006,http://www.fafia-afai.org/en/node/68)
In 2003 the United Nations recommended that Canada double its
implement pay equity,
support a national childcare program,
enhance the Court Challenges Program;
consult women's equality-seeking groups regarding the preparation
of Canada's next CEDAW report (which is happening now).
In addition, the Committee recommended Canada accelerate its
efforts to eliminate the persistent and system discrimination
faced by so many Aboriginal women, increase its efforts to combat
high levels of poverty among particular groups of women, fund
civil legal aid , effectively address violence against women,
improve maternity and parental benefits, change immigration laws
to respect the rights of live-in caregivers, and ensure a more
equitable participation of women in the political institutions, .
This campaign is important because we need to protect and advance
the rights and freedoms that we have won after patient and
determined struggle throughout the 20 th Century. Women in Canada
can not afford to have further setbacks and our country has the
wealth and know-how to honour and respect women's equality and
human rights. It is a question of choices.
TO CONTACT US:
Canadian Council of Muslim Women
Canadian Federation of University Women
Canadian Labour Congress
Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
Fédération des femmes du Québec
Feminist Alliance for International Action
National Association of Women and the Law
Regroupement provincial des maisons d'hébergement et de transition
pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale
The December 10th campaign for women's human rights"
I have handy email attachments for letter writing if anyone wants.