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December 10 was the day in 1948 when the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Thereafter the day became Human Rights Day, world wide.

Women and equality-seeking groups are marking Dec 10, Human Rights Day by protesting the federal government’s efforts to dismantle programs that were set up to promote women’s and human rights as well as the cancellation of the federal-provincial child care agreements.

The ad hoc campaign focuses on the Tories’ decision to slash the budget of the ministry of the Status of Women and to eliminate the Court Challenges Program.

Says CUPE National President Paul Moist, “The government is essentially saying that any voice given to addressing gender inequality in this country will be silenced. Furthermore, any voices wanting to challenge the current status of the laws of this land will be muzzled. We find that very disturbing.”

For more information, see the Ad-Hoc Dec. 10 Campaign website