Restoration of Funding to Women’s Advocacy Groups

Moved by National Women’s Liberal Commission

WHEREAS the closure of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1995, and the demise of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women subsequently, deprived Canada of two of its premier feminist research organizations;

WHEREAS the Conservative Government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper cut funding for advocacy purposes to women's NGO's operating both in Canada and internationally to advance women's equality and better their living conditions;

WHEREAS the gap between rich and poor in Canada, and the gender gap between men and women specifically, have been widening in recent years;

WHEREAS Canada ranks only 30th on the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2015;

WHEREAS an internal report at Status of Women Canada in February 2015 acknowledged that Canada is falling behind other countries in the developed world on such matters as poverty rates for elderly single women, lack of support for childcare, and lack of fair representation of women in Parliament;

WHEREAS Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given solid commitments to advancing women’s equality;

WHEREAS leading women’s groups in March 2016 publicly requested support for a new mechanism to facilitate coordination amongst the hundreds of equality-seeking groups doing valuable work, including advocacy, across Canada;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to restore funding for advocacy to women’s equality-seeking groups across Canada; and, explore a new mechanism for promoting coordination amongst these groups and for funding necessary research and outreach.