Thursday, May 13, 2010

Harper's war on women


Last July in Embassy Mag, Foreign Affairs officials accused political staffers within the ministry of quietly adjusting Canadian policy by eliminating phrases like "gender equality" from foreign policy missives.

Today, just weeks before the G8 leaders gather in Ontario to adopt Harper's action plan on maternal health, Embassy Mag reports :

"At Foreign Affairs, the past year has seen the entire division focused on women's rights and gender equality eliminated.

In Pakistan and Kenya, two countries where women's rights violations and violence against women are profound and systemic, CIDA has cut funds that were explicitly dedicated to gender equality. In Canada, Match International, the only international development organization devoted specifically to women's equality, has lost its funding.

Within CIDA, there is a noticeable retreat from gender equality work. Staff have recommended to NGOs that they remove the words "gender equality" from their proposal if they want a chance at funding."

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4 comments:

skdadl said...

At Foreign Affairs, the past year has seen the entire division focused on women's rights and gender equality eliminated.

That sentence hurt skdadl's head. Alison understand?

Alison said...

Embassy Mag authors Betty Plewes, former CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, and Joanna Kerr, incoming CEO of ActionAid, wrote that Foreign Affairs had four staff members and a budget "focused on women's rights and gender equality" and that it was eliminated "this past year".

If correct, this was news to me and I had not seen it reported elsewhere before.

the regina mom said...

Alison, whatever would I do without you and your intrepid reportage? Thanks for filling me in.

Anonymous said...

Sharp eyes, kid.

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