OFL marks International Women’s Day – March 8
Toronto, ON -- International Women's Day, March 8, celebrates the lives and work of women. To mark the occasion, th...
Toronto, ON — International Women’s Day, March 8, celebrates the lives and work of women. To mark the occasion, the Ontario Federation of Labour has launched its A Century of Women and Work project. The history of women in the workforce have been chronicled and depicted and an exhibit will be available to communities across Ontario for the remainder of 2007.
According to the OFL, in the 14 months since his election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done more damage to women’s equality than any other prime minister in recent memory. He has cancelled federal-provincial child care agreements, at a time when 70% of women with children under the age of five are working; eliminated funding to the Court Challenges Program, which was the main support base for those fighting to ensure their equality rights under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms; announced the government will not comply with or implement the recommendation of the Federal Pay Equity Task Force to introduce a proactive pay equity law; cut 40% of the Status of Women Canada’s budget, closed down 12 of its 16 regional offices and eliminated independent policy research funds; and eliminated the word “equality” from the mandate of Status of Women Canada.
“On International Women’s Day, we celebrate our gains for women’s equality and we also reconfirm our commitment to build on our historic struggles for a society that ensures equality and social justice for all women,” said Irene Harris, secretary-treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour.