We are proud to share with you that yesterday, alongside over 100 women’s organizations and their allies, we launched Up for Debate—a campaign calling on all federal political parties to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world.

Women in Canada have questions. Up for Debate challenges our leaders to answer them.

Help build a Canada that works for women!

When it comes time to elect our next government in 2015, we want to see party leaders explain how they plan to build a more equal Canada for us all. This must start by committing to participate in a nationally broadcast leaders’ debate focused on policies and issues that impact women’s lives.

Join the call for a federal leader’s debate!

The struggle to realize equal rights for women and girls is far from over.

  • In Canada, women continue to earn 20% less than their male peers for the same full-time work, are more likely to be poor, and do twice as much unpaid work at home.
  • Since 1980 over a thousand Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered, and each day more than 8,000 women and children seek protection from a shelter.
  • Every year 14 million girls are married against their will before they turn 18.
  • Women still account for only nine per cent of the police, 20 per cent of parliamentarians, and 27 per cent of all judges worldwide.

Women can determine the outcome of the next federal election. Women vote in greater numbers—over a half million more women than men voted in the last federal election. We want proof that the candidates for Prime Minister understand the diverse needs and realities of women.

We’re up for the debate. The question is, are the party leaders?

Join us in ensuring that women have a powerful voice in Canada’s government.

Yours in solidarity,
The Make Poverty History Steering Committee

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