Women Urged To Fight Right Wing Attack On Women's Rights

Toronto, Ontario

December 6, 2006


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Women Urged To Fight Right Wing Attack On Women's Rights

Across Canada, women and men gathered on December the 6th to remember the 14 young women who were gunned down at l'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 17 years ago. At the Canadian Auto Workers Local 112 in Toronto they honored the Montreal 14 and all of the women who have suffered and died from violence against women. Carol Phillips, assistant to CAW national president Buzz Hargrove said women and men across the country are taking action to stop violence against women, but the death rate continues to climb and more has to be done.

Carol Phillips
Assistant to CAW National President

"Action after action is taking place at the local level and we now have to bring all these actions together and speak with one voice. One voice that clearly demands an end to violence, and proper funding of those organizations that make that possible."
Phillips told those gathered to honor the victims of the Montreal Massacre that the Harper government's decision to cut funding to Status of Women Canada is a direct attack on women's rights.

Carol Phillips
Assistant to CAW National President

"They've cut 43% of the funding to Status of Women Canada. They've announced the closure of 12 of the 16 Status of Women offices, saying that they are no longer needed. Now the Status of Women, among other responsibilities that it has, it is the federal body responsible for women's shelters in this country."
"Make no mistake. It is a perverse and direct attack on the women's movement and on feminism, and Mr. Harper, you're going to find out that it is completely unacceptable."
Phillips called for action to stop the government's attack on women's rights.

Carol Phillips
Assistant to CAW National President

"I want you to expect; I want you to create; I want you to participate in spontaneous acts of rebellion at an increasing pace as we remind these reformers, this really is the Reform Party that we are dealing here, these Reformers in Conservative clothing, just how much is at stake here."

As the crowd joined in song commemorating the Montreal Massacre, behind the scenes, CAW Women's director Julie White said the CAW is already organizing a new "Woman to Woman" campaign for the looming federal election.

Julie White
CAW Women's Director

"We'll be talking to people about the importance of voting. But not just the importance of voting, but voting for a government that works for us. Voting for a government that is committed to childcare. Voting for a government that is committed to fair wages and affordable housing, things that actually give women the economic means to leave violent relationships."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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