Each year on December 6, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we honour the memory of the 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal who were murdered in 1989 because they were women.
On September 26, at the moment of the Motion 312 vote, we were astonished to notice that the Minister responsible for the Status of Women, the Honorable Rona Ambrose, took position to strike a committee that would have reviewed the fetus legal status in the light of scientific advances. Without any doubt, this committee would have reopened the abortion debate (despite the Conservative Party’s promise not to reopen it).
Each year on October 4, communities across Canada come together to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. As we do so, we remember the lives of sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers tragically taken from us. We also support grieving families and provide opportunities for healing.
The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada has launched an important campaign against a Motion in the House of Commons that was tabled by a Conservative MP. This Motion calls for the creation of a Parliamentary Commission that would examine when a fetus becomes a “human being”.
The PSAC National Board of Directors is pleased to encourage and support active Regional Women’s Committees (RWC) throughout the country. As a focal point for mobilizing women members, the RWCs are essential to a strong union presence in the regions. They embody the spirit of grassroots organizing and membership participation.
International Women's Day represents nearly a century of struggle for the equality of women around the world. This year for March 8, sisters in the PSAC are fighting back against the Conservative government’s agenda to cut jobs and eliminate deficit, and moving forward to ensure our rights for the future.