MONTREAL, Aug. 20, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - GoTopless, an international organization of women who campaign in favor
of women's equal rights to be topless in public wherever men have this
right, will celebrate its 7th year anniversary on August 24, 2014.
GoTopless spokesperson, Sylvie Chabot, explained: "In Montreal, this
year's event will be held on Sunday, August 24 at 1pm, by the Georges
Étienne Cartier monument. It is interesting to note that engraved on
this monument we can read, 'Canada must be a country of freedom and all
freedoms must be protected by the Law,' Cartier, 1867. Nearly 150 years
have passed and it is time for this quote to materialize."
GoTopless is inviting Montreal residents to participate in this event
which they point out will increase pressure on the government to amend
current laws. In Vancouver, a GoTopless walk will take place on Robson
street starting at 1pm.
When asked why Chabot feels the need for laws to change she said
"Because the Constitution guarantees equal rights for women as it does
men yet there are laws in place which are going against the
Constitution! Furthermore, by now it should be clear to everyone,
especially women, that the conservative and regressive policies of
Stephen Harper's government have not improved women's situations in
Canada. To name just a few examples, the termination of the federal
childcare program, the huge reduction of the budget allocated to the
Feminine Condition, the cancellation of the Court Challenges Program
which was specifically designed to facilitate aid for those addressing
matters of constitutional equality, etc."
Raelian women believe that Mr. Justin Trudeau and Mr. Thomas Mulcair
would make far better advocates for women's rights in Canada and have
filed a formal request for support to their offices in Montreal to
ensure that women have the same rights as men.
Chabot continued, "In this case it means that women can exercise their
constitutional right to move about wherever they please in public with
their breasts exposed if they so wish," August 26 will be Women's
Equality Day and will be held in several cities around the world. Our
campaign is part of a broader movement to end all forms of
discrimination and repression against women."
Many have praised the women like Romana Santorelli, Phoenix Feeley and
Gwen Jacob who have vigorously defended this right through their
individual action and who have even been successful in having laws
amended in Ontario. Raelians are not the only ones who praise these
women but say that these women are role models for all other Canadian
provinces and, thanks to their courage, politicians should be inspired
to change the laws and make them more equitable and unbiased.
Chabot concluded by saying "It is in the name of freedom and
Constitutional Rights that men and women of different faiths, sexual
orientations and associations will mobilize on August 24th so that
never again will women be humiliated or prohibited from sunbathing
topless wherever men can, or be reprimanded when breastfeeding in
public. We invite Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Mulcair to speak out on women's
right to be bare-breasted wherever men are given this right. We also
invite all those who believe in equality for women and men to come out
and join us in this cause on August 24."
SOURCE: Église raëlienne canadienne
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