Canada adopted the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1976. Countries like Canada that have signed the International Covenant must submit progress reports to an International Committee. Groups like NAWL can also present alternative reports to the Committee. In November of 1998, NAWL submitted a report called: Women and the Social Deficit.
NAWL’s report underlines how in spite of the relative wealth of Canada as a country, many women in Canada are actually getting poorer. This is especially true for certain groups of women such as Aboriginal women and single mothers.