Status of Women

The new Social Justice & Solidarity Committee consolidates the following standing committees: Anti-Poverty, Anti-Racism, Pride, Status of Women and Sustainability under one umbrella to address solidarity and social justice issues. The co-chairs for the Social Justice and Solidarity Committee are: Kavan Johal and Elaine Ong.

Important Dates to Remember
October 11 – International Day of the Girl
October 18 – Persons Day
December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
March 8 – International Women’s Day

Resource Package to Empower Our Students to Promote Equality
A compilation of resources to help you inform and empower your students. The committee has attempted to focus on books and resources that specifically address the issue of violence (and bullying) against girls and women.

Did You Know?
The slogan “Bread and Roses” originated in a speech given by Rose Schneiderman; a line in that speech (“The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.”) inspired the title of the poem Bread and Roses by James Oppenheim, published in The American Magazine in December 1911, which attributed it to “the women in the West.” It is commonly associated with a textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts during January-March 1912, now often known as the “Bread and Roses strike.” The slogan appeals for both fair wages and dignified conditions. This song is sung at International Women’s Day celebrations.

Between 2007 April 1 and 2008 March 31, approximately 101,000 women and children were admitted to 569 shelters in Canada…on 2008 April 16 (survey snapshot day) nearly 80% of the women and children were attempting to flee an abusive situation…for three-quarters of women in shelters, the abuse was inflicted by a spouse or former spouse.Statistics Canada 85-002X (2008), Published May 2009

In 1995, the Federal Plan for Gender Equality called on all federal departments and agencies to implement gender-based analysis (GBA)…In 2009, however, an Office of the Auditor General review showed that only the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada had addressed all required aspects of this. 2009 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada

BCTF Social Justice Program Status of Women The Status of Women action group is a component of the BCTF Social Justice Program. The action group provides information, less ideas, and professional support for classroom teachers.

BCTF Grants & Funds
Social justice grants provide seed money for activiities or projects that will bring about systemic change for social justice in schools, districts and/or communities in British Columbia.