Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

December 10, 2006 09:00 ET

REMINDER/Media Advisory/CLC: Women's Rights Are Human Rights

Barbara Byers at News Conference and Rally on Sunday

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 10, 2006) - This Sunday, people across the country will mark International Human Rights Day by asking the federal government to realize that women's rights are human rights.

"This government let women down when they abandon the promotion of women's equality," says Barbara Byers, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

On December 10th, in communities from coast to coast, women will come together to show their displeasure with the federal government over its cancellation of the provincial/federal child care agreements, its refusal to adopt a proactive pay equity law, at the changes, cuts and closures at Status of Women Canada and the cancellation of the Court Challenges Program.

Byers will be part of two events in Ottawa, a news conference and a demo, along with representatives of women's organizations from across the country who are united in opposing the anti-equality measures of the government.

News Conference: Sunday, December 10, at 12:00 noon
National Press Club, 2nd floor, Nellie
McClung Library
150 Wellington, Ottawa

Rally: Sunday, December 10, at 1:30 p.m. on the front steps of
the Supreme Court at 301 Wellington, Ottawa - marching
from to the Famous Five Women's Monument on Parliament

"We have seen a series of actions that bring into serious doubt our current government's commitment to women's equality. From removing the promotion of women's equality from the mandate of Status of Women Canada to the elimination of funding for women's organizations for research and advocacy work, the actions of our government fly in the face of the promises to respect and promote women's human rights made by the leadership of the Conservative party during the last federal election," says Byers.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 135 district labour councils. Web site:

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