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Tell the Liberals, Conservatives, and the Bloc Québécois: We DEMAND a Federal Leaders’ Debate on women’s rights and gender equality
The last Federal Leaders’ Debate on women’s issues in Canada was on August 14, 1984 – 35 years ago now.
And yet, women, trans, non-binary, and two-spirit people in Canada still face many of the same barriers today, including:
- Skyrocketing child care costs;
- Persistently high rates of gender-based violence;
- Lack of affordable housing;
- Substantial gender wage gaps;
- Precarious work and low wages;
- Responsibility for the lion’s share of under or unpaid care work;
- Poor and inconsistent access to abortion, contraception and other sexual rights;
- Criminalization and regulation of bodily autonomy;
- Lack of health, social, legal and other institutional support for women who experience or are at risk of homelessness;
- Targeted violence, social and racial profiling from institutions and state actors; and
- Little stability and funding for women’s organizations and social movements.
August 14, 2019 marks 35 years since our last leaders’ debate on women’s issues. We’re done waiting.
Take action today! Tell the Liberals, Conservatives, and the Bloc that gender equality and women’s rights will be on your mind when you head to the polls.
Why We Are Up For Debate
Up For Debate 2019 is calling on all federal party leaders to participate in a national televised debate on women’s rights and gender equality.
Our objectives are:
- To get a televised federal leaders’ debate on women’s and gender equality issues;
- To ensure that women’s rights and gender equality are prominent during the 2019 federal election;
- To mobilize and unite women’s rights and gender equality advocates across Canada in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election;
- To equip communities with tools and resources to organize local events; and
- To ensure that all federal party leaders clearly articulate their policy positions on women’s rights and gender equality.
Up for Debate 2019 is advocating for federal leadership to create a world where social movements and women’s rights organizations are supported, poverty is eliminated, and women, trans, non-binary, and Two Spirit people live free from violence.
We want all federal party leaders to tell Canadians what their positions are on women’s and gender equality issues.