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Support of women's rights decreasing


Queen’s Law and Gender Studies Professor Kathy Lahey is available to discuss a report released today that says “there has been a sharp decrease in institutional and political support by the Government of Canada for the promotion and protection of the human rights of women and girls during the period 2004 - 2009."
“This report is significant because it signals that Canada's grassroots and professional women's organizations are now organizing nationally and internationally to reveal the truth about women's inequality in Canada ,” says Professor Lahey. “The data is devastating.  Once the world leader in women's equality (from 1995 through 1999), Canada is ranked 73rd out of 155 countries in the UN's most recent gender disparity measure.  The wage gap facing women with university degrees is now larger than it was in 1981."
The report is being released today in Ottawa at a press conference and then submitted to the UN in March as part of the Beijing +15 meetings. Feminist Legal Studies Queen's, a research group co-coordinated by Professor Lahey, is one of the signatories to the report.
Professor Lahey is an expert on the Charter of Rights (women, lesbians, gays and other minorities) and property-related issues related to marital status, gender, and sexuality.
To arrange an interview or for a copy of the report, please contact Kristyn Wallace at (613)533-6000 ext 79173 kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at (613)533-6000 ext 77513 michael.onesi@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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