Harper shows his cards: "Equality" isn't one of them
Via Scott Tribe at ProgBlogs: "Tories to cut funding for womens' advocacy work" (Canadian Press)
OTTAWA -- The federal Conservative government says it will no longer fund women's groups that do advocacy, lobbying or general research, leaving some to wonder what's left.Harper's message: Shut up, ladies before I really give you something to cry about! I don't have time for every little boutique or ghetto 'cause.'
The drastic change to the mandate and operation of Status of Women Canada also drops the word "equality'' when listing the agency's goals.
Previous objectives such as helping women's organizations participate in the public policy process and increasing the public's understanding of women's equality issues have been eliminated from government literature.
Organizations that receive funding from the Trudeau-era agency were stunned.Under the new funding guidelines, SWC groups are no longer allowed to participate in discussions with the government; they can't lobby or speak on behalf of their member groups.
"When you look at this Conservative government's policy it's like, `Be good girls, be quiet.' It's shocking really,'' said Monica Lysack of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada.
Alia Hogben, executive director of the Canadian Council of the Muslim Women, argues without the funding the government provided her group, it would never have successfully struck down the use of Muslim shariah law in Ontario family court cases.No, it's not reasonable. It's fucking heartbreaking. I can't believe how quickly this came to pass. And during Women's History Month!
"That makes it very difficult, because if you don't lobby and you don't advocate, you're not going to make systemic changes,'' said Hogben.
"A majority of us are new immigrants, we don't know all the systems, we have to struggle with adaptation . . . to say we're going to get money, or any large sums of money to do this work is just not reasonable.''