The Ad Hoc Coalition came together in 2006 to fight the actions against
women's rights taken by the Government of Canada, specifically:
Cancellation of the child care agreements with the Provinces
Refusal to take action on Federal Pay Equity Legislation
Cancellation of the Court Challenges Program
Changes to the mandate of Status of Women Canada eliminating
reference to women's equality; significant reduction in the Department's
budget ultimately resulting in the closure of offices and the
limitation in services to women; and amendments to the funding
guidelines that severely impact on women's organizations and their
ability to address fundamental systemic change.
The Coalition has objected to these actions within the context
of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms
of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Canadian Charter
of Rights and Freedoms.
The Coalition will continue to monitor the actions of the Government
of Canada which have a negative impact on women and will develop
a critical feminist response to these actions and:
Promote the collaboration of equality seeking organizations
and groups in advancing the equality of women and the elimination
of discrimination against women
Coordinate on a pan-Canadian level the activities of organizations
and groups intent on advancing women's equality and advocating
for the full participation of women in decision making at all
Galvanize (set in motion) cooperative actions in a non-hierarchal
environment fostered and informed by collective experience
Stress the positive aspects of women's culture and resourcefulness
in an atmosphere of support of all women by all women
Assemble and utilize resources that will facilitate fundamental
and systemic change.
Join the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights
Becoming a member of the Coalition is easy. All you have to do is review our terms of reference and get in touch with us to let us know you support our campaign and would like to join us. For more information please email the Ad Hoc Coalition.
Once you join the Coalition, you're invited to come to our meetings. The Coalition meets once a month in Ottawa. Participation via teleconference is also available. We welcome your input!
As a Coalition member, you can also receive our Action list emails and regular media updates. The Action list puts you in touch with a wide network of women and equality supporters across the country.