The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) celebrates women’s achievements this International Women’s Day, but supports labour and women’s movements call for action to address continuing barriers to equality.
The CFNU joins the Canadian Labour Congress in calling for a national child care program to be implemented in Canada and for the election of a federal government that is committed to this program.
Canada is long overdue for a national child care program.
Forty-five years ago, in 1970, the Royal Commission on the Status of Women proposed a national child care program. Over 30 years ago, in 1984, the Royal Commission on Equality in Employment identified child care as a critical need to allow mothers to access the workforce. And over ten years ago the federal government announced a series of agreements with provincial governments to support a national child care program. These agreements were cancelled with the election of the Conservative government in 2006.
The CFNU is encouraging all federal leaders and all candidates seeking office in the upcoming 2015 federal election to take a positive stand for child care in Canada. The time for action is now!
Twenty years ago governments around the world adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Canadian governments seem to have backed away from issues of equality and removing barriers for women. This is unacceptable.
Despite major advances and victories, there is still much work that remains to be done before we can truly celebrate. The almost 200,000 frontline nurses who are CFNU members stand with the Canadian Labour Congress, the International Trade Union Confederation and other labour and non-labour movements around the world which are calling for action this International Women’s Day.
Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, will be joining thousands of women leaders from across the world to proudly march for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in New York City on March 8 during the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.