Coalition for Women’s Equality

The Coalition for Women’s Equality (CWE) works with all political parties to create mechanisms that will ensure that the government delivers on the equality guarantees for women set out in the Canadian Charter, the Canadian Human Rights Act and in international agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

The Coalition’s members are the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, the Fédération des femmes du Québec, Mediawatch, the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, the National Association of Women and the Law, the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Womenspace and the YWCA-Canada.

Now that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Status of Women has been formed, the Coalition is working for:

  • the adoption of an Act for Women’s Equality;

  • a full-time minister on the status of women, with relevant experience;

  • an adequately funded status of women ministry with a full deputy minister to oversee implementation of the Act;

  • a requirement that the Auditor General regularly conduct an audit of government performance in the area of women’s equality;

  • an increase in the budget of the Women’s Program of Status of Women Canada (SWC), and the restoration of core funding for women’s groups.