Central Executive Committee, YCL-LJC
Reactionary anti-feminist and anti-women movements such as the “Gamergate” movement and the “Men’s Rights” movement, which is largely organized on Canadian campuses by “Men’s Issues Awareness” groups and the “Canadian Association For Equality”, have gained strength and joined with white supremacist and transphobic individuals and groups against supposed “political correctness” and for “free speech”. In reality they are united to defend hate speech. The “alt-right” movement is an internet based movement that has cobbled together a repackaged neo-Nazi ideology and has gained some traction among some younger people looking to reinforce white supremacy and patriarchy and by extension imperialism and capitalism.
In contrast, Trudeau declared at the UN: "I'm going to keep saying, loud and clear, that I am a Feminist." We are not fooled. Neither these hollow phrases, nor the gender parity introduced by the Trudeau government in his cabinet, indicate a radical change in Canada. These changes serve above all the image of the Liberals who seek to stand apart from the Conservatives, without actually changing the political agenda.
The struggle of women for our emancipation from patriarchy is inherently linked to the working class’ struggle for the liberation from capitalist exploitation.
This year, many women will celebrate International Women’s Day with a renewed sense of strength. Almost 5 million women and their allies took to the streets around the world on Jan. 21 to oppose the xenophobic, racist, misogynist, homophobic, Islamophobic and pro-war agenda of Donald Trump and his government of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and oilmen.
- Restore funding for women’s equality programs and fund equality-seeking women’s groups;
- Equality and security for immigrant women;
- End the wage gap – legislate full pay and employment equity;
- Guarantee accessible and publicly funded abortion and reproductive rights services in every province and territory;
- Establish universal, quality, affordable childcare with Canada-wide standards and union wages for child care workers – restore the universality to Quebec’s childcare system;
- Protect women’s right to EI maternity coverage; expand parental benefits to 52 weeks;
- End all forms of violence against women and provide adequate funding for crisis centres and transition houses;
- Legislative change to provide paid leave for someone experiencing domestic violence;
- Support survivors of gendered violence - funding to be used toward counselling, moving, legal costs and more;
- Repeal Bill C-36 - harassment and criminalization of sex work is not the solution to exploitation;
- Implement progressive, LGBTQI2S-positive sex education in school, including education on consent.