National coalition to cancel debate on women’s rights, gender equality

OTTAWA – With less than a week until the federal election, and without a firm commitment from all federal political party leaders, a coalition of women’s rights and equality-seeking organizations in Canada is calling off plans to hold a leaders’ debate on women’s rights and gender equality.
The Up for Debate campaign called on all federal party leaders to participate in a national debate focused on women’s rights and gender equality – a topic that has been largely absent from the party platforms and televised debates. Days before voters head to the polls, Up for Debate is calling on all federal party leaders to clearly articulate their commitments to address the rights of women, transgender, non-binary, and two-spirit people in Canada, including how they will tackle poverty, income inequality, violence, and support for women’s rights and equality-seeking organizations.
What: Press conference with Up for Debate coalition members
Date: October 17, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: 135-B Press Conference Room in West Block

Jacqueline Hansen, Gender Rights Campaigner, Amnesty International Canada
Lauren Ravon, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam Canada

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