Status of Women Dates, Advocacy and Actions
provincial Status of Women Committee has developed an action plan that aligns
with our collective agreement. Please find the template here.
16 Days of Action (Ending Violence Against Women)
The 16 days of action is an international campaign that starts on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and finishes December 10, United Nations Human Rights Day. The We Can coalition sponsors 16 days of activism and the BCTF signed on as a partner in 2007.
BCTF Social Justice contacts are encouraged to participate in the 16 Days of Action Campaign.
Bill C 484
This private member’s bill seeks to change Canada’s criminal code where injury or death of an unborn child occurs in the commission of a crime, and thus opens a back door to the erosion of a woman’s right to choose. For more information click here.
Many countries and the province of Quebec have effective day care programs. There is a need for such a program in Canada. Go to CCCABC for more information.
December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6 is a national day of remembrance in Canada, reflecting the anniversary of the massacre of female students at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989.
BCTF statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence
A 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report indicates that Canada is both a source and destination country for trafficking. For further information on human trafficking in Canada see the RCMP threat assessment document.
International Women’s Day
Begun in 1911, March 8 is International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s achievements—social, cultural, legal, economic, and beyond.
Commemorate International Women’s Day by having your students research its origins and history: “100 Years of Women’s Struggle,” published by Ireland’s Services Industrial Professional Technical Union (SIPTU), includes profiles of leaders, events, and explanations of the issues women faced over 100 years ago.
Legal aid cuts
As a result of the most recent legal aid cuts, women are losing custody of children, unable to access support enforcement, and being subjected to legal harassment. Because the cuts target family and poverty law, women are the primary targets of these cuts. Read more in the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ report Legal Aid Denied. Check out the timeline of legal aid cuts here.
Mother Earth Day
A healthy, peaceful planet is the foundation for gender equity. Climate change and sustainability issues are inexorably interwoven into women’s lives through their many roles in the family and community. Visit the Women’s Environment and Development Organization website for information about this UN and other climate change events.
On November 3, 2007 the BCTF sponsored a panel discussion on whether legalizing/decriminalizing the sex trade was the best way to protect women who work as prostitutes. While no consensus was reached, the four panelists, Daisy Kler -Rape Relief Society, Katrina Pacey - Pivot Legal Society, Kerry Porth - PACE, and Annabel Webb - Justice for Girls, offered thoughtful and thought provoking analyses to help deepen our understanding about this issue. View the webcasts here.
Status of Women Canada
In 2007 the Harper government changed the funding guidelines for the Status of Women, to exclude advocacy and research work. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario sent a issued a media release and sent a letter to the prime minister denouncing the cuts.
We Can (Ending Violence Against Women)
Started in Bangladesh, the We Can campaign has spread to India, Nepal, Afghanistan, and is now in B.C. The campaign seeks to create networks of change makers who are committed to speaking out to end violence against women.
campaign is organized by men working to end men's violence
Women’s Human Rights
Amnesty International regularly documents a range of violations of women’s human rights through reports, news releases, public statements, and letter writing actions. Join Amnesty and take action.
Women’s Memorial March
The Women’s Memorial March is an annual event held on Valentine's Day that originated in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, to call attention to missing and murdered women in the district.
CEDAW Report on Violence Against Aboriginal Women Released
Honouring Our Sisters