Today more women than ever before are graduating from university, entering new professions and running for public office. Yet women continue to earn 20% less than their male peers for the same 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 or gone missing, and each day more than 8,000 women and children seek protection from a shelter. Has the battle for women's rights been won?
When it comes time to elect our next government in 2015, over 100 organizations representing more than 3.5 million Canadians want to see party leaders explain how they plan to build a more equal Canada for us all, and make meaningful commitments to change women's lives for the better, at home and around the world. This must start with a nationally broadcast leaders' debate on issues identified by women. Over 30 years ago during the 1984 election, political party leaders John Turner, Brian Mulroney, and Ed Broadbent did just that.
We've asked today's party leaders if they're Up for Debate.