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Women in communities across Canada are reacting to the federal Harper government’s attacks on women’s equality.

The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), in concert with an ad hoc group of national and regionally based organizations, has launched a month-long campaign for women’s equality and human rights.

Recent federal government decisions include:

  • Changes to funding criteria, ie., the removal of the word equality and the barring of all advocacy and lobbying by women’s group with federal funds.
  • Cuts (approx. 40%) to the budget of Status of Women Canada.
  • Cancellation of the Court Challenges Program.
  • Refusal to adopt improved pay equity legislation.
  • 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 a departure from Canada’s long-standing commitment to the promotion of women’s equality and human rights.

CUPE members are urged to add their voices to the outcry against the cuts and changes, which will hurt women and their families.

Now is the time to voice your concern. Speak to your local Member of Parliament. Write to Prime Minister Harper.

The campaign continues to Sunday, Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day.

If you’re in Ottawa Dec. 10, join the Ottawa action. It starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Supreme Court of Canada (301 Wellington St.).