Women and the law closes its doors



    OTTAWA, Sept. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - "It is outrageous that the National
Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has been forced to layoff its full
time staff and close its doors because Stephen Harper's government does not
believe it deserves funding," said CUPE National President Paul Moist.
    The Harper minority government changed the mandate of Status of Women
Canada - the agency that funded groups like NAWL, and took out references to
the advancement of feminist work. "Someone needs to share the latest census
data with Mr. Harper," said Helen Kennedy, co-chair of CUPE National Women's
Task Force. "Women earn less than men for work of equal value, almost 50% of
all households are headed by single parents - who are mainly women, and
childcare is beyond the financial reach of many women," added Kennedy.
    "We, as a society, have a long way to go before the important role of
feminist advocacy groups - like NAWL, are no longer needed. This is an attempt
by Mr. Harper's minority government to silence women. Slashing funding to such
respected groups like NAWL will prove to be a flawed strategy when the time
comes to court women and their vote," added Moist.
    In addition to the many regional women's organizations faced with
impending closure, the Harper government has also withdrawn funding from
several other national women's organizations including the Canadian Research
Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), the Canadian Feminist Alliance
for International Action (FAFIA) and the Canadian Child Care Advocacy
Association (CCAAC).
    "We condemn the decision of Prime Minister Harper and oppose his
government's decision to weaken the mandate of Status of Women. We lend our
voice to the millions of women in Canada who continue to oppose violence in
the workplace and at home, who struggle for respect and equality in their
everyday lives and who refuse to be silenced," concluded Moist.




For further information:

For further information: Paul Moist, CUPE national president, (613)
558-2873 (cell.); Helen Kennedy, CUPE National Women's Task Force co-chair,
(416) 561-3163 (cell.); Catherine Louli, CUPE Communications, (613) 237-1590
(office), (613) 851-0547 (cell.)

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