Advocacy Workshop by gjjur4356


									Overview of Women’s Advocacy
in a Changing Political Climate:

Feminism for the 21st Century
Presented by Nancy Peckford, Program Director (FAFIA)
Who is FAFIA?

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action:

   holds Canadian governments accountable to their
    commitments under various international human
    rights treaties and agreements

   supports the capacity of women’s organizations to
    work at the domestic and international level
How FAFIA Advocates
O   Submits shadow/citizen’s reports to key UN treaty
    bodies (boomerang effect)

O   Commissions key pieces of research, eg. gender
    budgeting overview

O   Conducts popular education wrkshops/campaigns
    on women’s human rights

O    Liaises with key Parliamentary committees,
    including House of Commons Standing Committee
    on the status of women
Ban of Advocacy
o   Assess the situation of women and girls in
    Canada around the globe
o   Detail the challenges women experience
o   Vocalize concerns
o   Oppose bad, ill conceived or misaligned
o   Collaborate together on positive solutions
o   Advance equality as a lived reality
o   Talk with/twist the arms of elected
o   Engage the public
   Limited capacity to collaborate with other
    international players

   Women’s equality agenda of the federal government
    has been weak to non-existent

   Opportunities for policy influence

   Gender based analysis strategy has been piecemeal
    (reduced to a technical vs substantive exercise)
   Gender based analysis is in a veritable abyss (no
    renewal of GBA strategy since 2005)

   Increasing fiscal conservatism (reducing the size
    and role of government)

   Growing income gap in Canada

   Stagnating levels of women’s political

   Role of the media in regards to what is news
Recent Strategies (UNCSW)
1. Participation at UNCSW (52nd Session)

   Coordination of a delegation of eight women and three
    experts focused on women’s economic security

   Training and pursuit of community action plans on
    women’s economic security

   Panel on gender budgeting

   Monitoring of government activities and release of NGO
UNCSW Agreed Conclusions (2008)
O   The Commission on the Status of Women reaffirms the Beijing
    Declaration and Platform for Action, which emphasized the need
    for political commitment to make available human and financial
    resources for the empowerment of women and that funding had
    to be identified and mobilized from all sources and across all
    sectors to achieve the goals of gender equality and the
    empowerment of women, and the outcome of the twenty-third
    special session of the General Assembly, which called upon
    Governments to incorporate a gender perspective into the
    design, development, adoption and execution of all
    policies and budgetary processes, as appropriate, in order
    to promote equitable, effective and appropriate resource
    allocation and establish adequate budgetary allocations to
    support gender equality and development programmes that
    enhance women’s empowerment.
Strategies (Gender Budgeting)
2. FAFIA’s Gender Budgeting Work

O   Release of 2005 Retrospective Analysis of Ten Federal
    Budgets (by Armine Yalnizyan) - Beijing+ 10
O   Commitment by Minister to conduct GBA on budgets
O   FAFIA Gender Budgeting Coordinator (ETFO/Oxfam)
O   Parliamentary Study on Gender Budgeting
O   FAFIA Appearances at the Committee
O   Unanimous motion on Auditor General review of GBA
O   International dialogue with Social Watch
Announcement of Federal Action Plan (in Budget 2008)

   Parliamentary Consultations
   Connection with Federal Plan for Gender Equality (1995),
    UN Conventions and the Charter
   Areas of Focus (to be defined)
   Budgetary implications
   Election implications
Strategies - CEDAW
UN Performance review of Canada under CEDAW
(Oct/Nov 2008)

   23 recommendations from UN Committee (2003)

   Workshops/Popular education/Ldrship summit

   Parliamentary Outreach (Status of Women
CEDAW Gaps (2003)
O   No women’s specific anti-poverty strategy
O   Lack of resources for Violence against Women
O   On-going Political under-representation
O   Lack of Full time permanent Employment
O   Lack of access to Childcare
O   Lack of access to affordable housing
O   Lack of access to Legal Aid
O   On-going Discrimination against Aboriginal women
O   Discrimination against Immigrant and refugee women
O   Lack of access to Employment Insurance
O   Lack of gender based impact analysis
O   Lack of national standards for certain programs
O   Limited support for women’s organizations

“Monitor closely the situation of women’s non-standard jobs
and to introduce employment-related measures which will
bring more women into standard employment arrangements
with adequate social benefits. .. [It also] urges [Canada] to
accelerate its implementation efforts as regards equal pay
for work of equal value at the federal level and utilize the
respective federal-provincial-territorial Continuing
Committees of Officials to ensure that that principle is
implemented under all governments.” (para.374)
Strategies (CEDAW)
   Official report by Canada (up to March 2006)

   FAFIA Shadow/Civil Society Report

   Regional reports (Ont, NF, Quebec, northern territories) +

   Participation in UN Review

   Follow up
Election Commitment (2006)
   “Yes, I’m ready to support women’s human
    rights and I agree that Canada has more to
    do to meet its international obligations to
    women’s equality.”
O   “If elected, I will take concrete and
    immediate measures, as recommended by
    the United Nations, to ensure that Canada
    fully upholds its commitments to women in
    Canada.” (January 18, 2006)
Federal Party Pledges (2006)

   Jim Harris, Green Party

   Jack Layton, New Democratic Party

   Gilles Duceppe, Bloc Québecois

   Paul Martin, Liberal Party

   Stephen Harper, Conservative Party
Contact Information

Nancy Peckford, Program Director
613-232-9505, x222

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