Debate and Guide: September 21, Up for Debate's release of Women's issues interviews

CBC reported the Status of Women published a report that found that Canada has "is in the bottom ranks in terms of the pay gap between men and women; support for child care and parental leave is well below average; the country registers 57th for gender equality in Parliament's elected members; and it lacks a national strategy to halt violence against women."  The report was dated February 2015 and, according to the CBC article, was supressed and marked secret.

This is a sad state of affairs for women's issues and demands a real strategy for gender equity. Up for Debate, a coaltion of organizations and individuals demanded that a debate that speaks to women be held, but despite thousands of signatures on a petition, that demand was denied. 

Instead, on September 21, Up for Debate will be having an event at Isabel Bader theater to share the interviews conducted with the leaders of four of the federal parties.

Beginning at 7pm EST, there will be a livestream of the event in Toronto. You can watch it on the website of the Toronto Star. (The livestream is also available in French at  Le Devoir.)

See if all the issues that others have identified were covered using this useful guide on women's issues published by the International Women's Rights Project.

We need a strong strategy to make sure that there is gender equity in this country.  

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