Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Liberals Release New Policy for Women in their Pink Book

The Federal Liberals took last week on Dec. 6th the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, to release the Liberal Women's Caucus' volume two of its Pink Book: A Policy Framework for Canada's future. The Toronto Star looks at the announcements:

Among the new policies announced were:

Amendments to the federal Divorce Act that would make it far more difficult for partners with a record of violence or abuse to have custody or access to their children;


Changes to the work-permit system to give overseas workers more freedom to change employers and still work in the country. At present, permits are granted for these 3,000 to 5,000 workers on the basis of the employers' permission, which "creates an unequal power dynamic." A "national housing strategy" that specifically focuses on women's difficulties in obtaining adequate and affordable housing;

More research into the problems raised by rural poverty, which can leave women more cut off from access to social assistance and proper health care and employment;

More resources for aboriginal women



In another section of the Star, the release of the Pink Book is seen more critically:

It doesn't help that the Liberals themselves don't have all that much credibility on women's poverty, work, security and safety considering their inaction on violence against women and femicide, their dithering throughout the '90s on daycare, their inattention to the concerns of sex workers who require better conditions in which to ply their let's-face-it-it's-always-going-to-have-a-market trade, the wage gap, how women have been penalized by the rules on collecting unemployment insurance, nausea ad nauseum.

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Yet it's difficult to disagree with Harper when he accuses Dion of not committing to these Pink Book recommendations, which are, for the moment anyway, "policy proposals.''(Emphasis mine.)

The Liberals, you see, aren't exactly married to them.

So for now, these proposals are very pretty in pink.

But they should be set in stone.






1 comment:

rabbit said...

Amendments to the federal Divorce Act that would make it far more difficult for partners with a record of violence or abuse to have custody or access to their children

On the face of it, this sounds like a good idea. Indeed, it's not necessarily even a women's issue, in that most child abuse is carried out by women, not men (although presumably they mean spousal violence as well).

There is one problem though. It will likely increase the number of false allegations of physical abuse during divorce proceedings, making divorces even ugly than they are now.

And no, I have no solution to that.