Media Advisory - New YWCA Canada Report Finds Women still have a Long Way to Go toward Gaining Equality

    Political Parties Urged to Put Women's Equality Front and Centre

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:  YWCA Canada news conference releasing YWCA Canada's Report on the
           Status of Women in Canada

    WHO:   Paulette Senior, CEO, YWCA Canada, and leaders from western YWCAs
           and the women's movement

    WHEN:  Sunday September 28, 2008
           12:00pm-12:45pm CDT

    WHERE: The Clarion Hotel - Quebec Room
           1445 Portage Ave
           Winnipeg, MB

    Released on the 39th anniversary of the Report of the Royal Commission on
the Status of Women in Canada, YWCA Canada's Report on the Status of Women in
Canada reveals that while women have come a long way, we still have a long way
to go.
    YWCA Canada's Report on the Status of Women in Canada outlines a critical
path for all parties to implement, addressing Canada's most pressing social
concerns including:

    -   Adopt a national child care program
    -   Implement pay equity across the workforce
    -   Develop a comprehensive national poverty reduction plan
    -   Create a national program to end women's street homelessness
    -   Substantially increase national transfers to low-income mothers
    -   Implement a coordinated national action plan on violence against
        women and girls
    -   Ensure a minimum of 50% women candidates in every municipal,
        provincial and federal riding
    -   Restore the Court Challenges Program
    -   Restore the strength, funding and equality mandate of Status of Women

    About YWCA Canada:

    YWCA Canada is the country's oldest and largest women's multi-service
organization. With 34 Member Associations operating in more than 400 districts
and communities across the country, our Turning Point Programs for Women(TM) -
which address personal safety, economic security and well-being - reach 1
million women and girls in nine provinces and one territory. YWCA is the
largest national provider of shelter to women, serving 25,000 women, children
and teen girls including 6,000 fleeing woman abuse each year. We are the
largest provider of literacy, life skills, employment and counselling programs
in the country, and the second largest provider of childcare services. YWCA
Canada is a member association of the World YWCA which unites 25 million women
and girls worldwide and spans 125 countries. For more information about YWCA
Canada and our Member Associations, visit

For further information:

For further information: on YWCA Canada and its programs and services,
or to set up an interview with Paulette Senior, CEO of YWCA Canada, please
contact Laura Tilley, Communications Coordinator at (647) 883-2340

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