Cen­sus de­ci­sion a step back for women’s rights

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor

The de­ci­sion of the fed­eral govern­ment to no longer do the long form of the cen­sus will erode women’s rights. This sur­vey was the sole av­enue we had to tally un­paid work and was only re­luc­tantly pro­vided af­ter a hard-fought bat­tle across the coun­try headed by home­maker Carol Lees of Saska­toon in 1993. The data from the long form was used by women’s groups to let govern­ment see how much of the econ­omy de­pends on free la­bor of women in the home, and gave leg­is­la­tors new per­spec­tive on ca­reer­fam­ily bal­ance, gen­der equal­ity and the third wave of women’s rights. To sub­sti­tute a new sur­vey but not pub­lish re­sults risks si­lenc­ing, yet again, the voices of women.

The con­tri­bu­tions of home­mak­ers can not, nor will not, be fairly rec­og­nized by aban­don­ing the col­lec­tion of data on the roles they play.

Re­sults must be pub­lished!

Beverley Smith 521 18A Street NW. Cal­gary, Al­berta

403-283-2400

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