OTTAWA, Canada, December 10, 2006
In 2006, Stephen Harper & his recently elected Conservative federal government made a number of troubling changes affecting women’s equality rights here in Canada. These include closures of more than half of the Status of Women Canada regional offices, changes to the funding criteria for women’s groups and the removal of the word “equality” from its objectives, the cancellation of the Court Challenges Program, the refusal to adopt proactive pay equity legislation and the cancellation of funding for the Canada-wide child care program.
On December 10, 2006--International Human Rights Day--concerned individuals, community and women’s groups demonstrated on Parliament Hill to call upon Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reverse decisions that deny most women’s realities, undermine women’s access to justice, and abandon the federal government's own obligation to advance women’s human rights in Canada.
Click on the image above to see a video clip. I shot this as folks marched from the Supreme Court to Parliament Hill during that Sunday demonstration. It's incomplete due to computer crashing/uploading issues, but I hope it gives you a sense of how successful & inspiring the rally was. If you're interested, there's also a grainier but complete version on my youtube page.
For more information, check out http://www.fafia-afai.org/
I hope it's ok to post this here. If not, just let me know. cheers.