SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

March 08, 2005 15:16 ET

'GLOBAL WOMEN'S CHARTER' PUTS MARTIN UNDER PRESSURE TO ACT

Cross-Canada ‘World March of Women' to highlight 13 key points to improve life for women Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2005) - Ten national women's and social justice groups under the umbrella of the Canadian Women's March 2005 Committee marked International Women's Day today by launching a platform for action to improve the lives of women in Canada and the rest of the globe.

Called the 'Global Women's Charter for Humanity' the platform makes 13 key demands for government action here in Canada including a national childcare plan, pay equity for all working women, and greater efforts to eradicate poverty and violence against women.

The Quebec Federation of Women launched the Charter in Canada at a news conference today, highlighting specific points for the federal governments to act on, as well as the Charters' five fundamental values of equality, freedom, solidarity, justice, and peace.

"Five years ago, a practical list of actions for women was presented to the Chretien Government," says Sharleen Stewart, Canadian International Vice President of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU), who's union representing thousands of working women in service jobs like health-care housekeeping. "Today major investments in social programs are still needed, and those demands have yet to be seriously addressed by our elected representatives.

"On International Women's Day, we are putting the federal government on notice that we are still here, an even broader and stronger global movement, to assert our demands again," says Stewart. "We have no intention of stopping until we see concrete improvement in women's lives."

An international campaign to press for the demands in the Charter runs from March 8 (International Women's Day) to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, 2005. During the month of May, the Charter will travel across Canada and women in each region of the country will present its demands while holding public activities such as marches and rallies to coincide with the presentation of the demands.

SEIU is a strong supporter of the Canadian Women's March Coalition and the World March. These organizing efforts are part of an international movement of women fighting to end exploitation, oppression, intolerance and exclusion.

In Canada, SEIU represents over 93,000 workers from coast to coast, the vast majority of whom are women.

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Contact Information

  • Carl Mavromichalis, National Communications Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 416-951-4905
    Secondary Phone: 416-447-2311 ext. 243
    E-mail: mavromichalisc@seiu.ca