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BC is not meeting its obligations to women under international human rights law. That was the clear message of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in comments issued last week in New York City-just in time for International Women's Day (March 8).
After years on the back pages, child care is once again on the agenda. The federal government is talking about a national child care plan and the federal budget included $935 million for early learning and child care. On March 13th, federal/provincial/territorial Ministers agreed to spend these funds over the next 5 years to improve access to affordable, regulated, quality child care programs. Here in BC, however, we are moving in the opposite direction, cutting money from child care and "restructuring" child care funding in ways that erode access.
"I have tried 5 different babysitters. I wish I could send my child back to the daycare centre; he loved it there - but when we lost the subsidy we had to leave. We can barely pay our rent and buy food."
With a federal campaign on, promises are flying faster than the puck at a playoff game. Most recently, Paul Martin pledged several billion dollars for child care over the next five years. This isn't the first time federal Liberals have promised major action on child care. Canada's kids deserve a government that will deliver.
(Vancouver) On the eve of the World March of Women and a conference on women's economic security co-hosted by Premier Ujjal Dosanjh and Women's Equality Minister Joan Smallwood, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is calling for immediate government action to improve the lives of women and their families in British Columbia.
(Vancouver) The BC Task Force on Pay Equity's report to the BC government, tabled in the legislature yesterday, repeats what researchers and women's groups have been saying for years: sex-based wage disparities are "a persistent and pressing problem."
Most of what is known about gang activity and involvement centres around men. With the exception of some media reports, female gang members have remained mostly invisible in research about gangs, and in gang prevention and intervention programs, a new study has found. The "Invisible" Gang Members: A Report on Female Gang Association in Winnipeg was written by Melanie Nimmo for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba. It is based on in-depth interviews with representatives from criminal justice, social services, and community-based agencies.