On International Women’s Day, Child Care was a Highlight!
What do a former Governor-General of Canada, a federal election candidate, an executive in the environment sector and a Toronto Star editorial all have in common? On International Women’s Day 2016 they all prioritized child care as key to actually achieving women’s equality in Canada.
Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s 26th Governor General, noted in a Globe and Mail article that:
People in Canada don’t realize that in all of Europe there is adequate daycare. This makes it possible for women to at least begin to think that they are being dealt a fair hand.
Tara Cullis, President and Co-Founder of David Suzuki Foundation, put it bluntly in the article:
… many women will never be free to contribute their other skills to society until daycare and eldercare programs are in place.
Mira Oreck, Director of Public Engagement, Broadbent Institute and an NDP candidate in the 2015 federal election - observed in the Huffington Post the growing momentum on child care, commenting that:
…today, each call to action becomes more credible than the last, with economists, feminists, educators, and every day Canadians demanding we rectify Canada's poor national standing on child care.
And a Toronto Star Editorial concluded:
No single move by governments would make such a big difference in the lives of women and families as a comprehensive national plan to provide quality, affordable child care. On the day set aside to mark women’s achievements, and the barriers that keep them from making even more progress, it’s worth remembering that.
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