New Feminist Alliance for Women's Human Rights

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New Feminist Alliance for Women's Human Rights

(Ottawa) Over 35 Canadian women's groups have formed a new organization to improve economic conditions for women. The Canadian Feminist Alliance For International Action (FAFIA), was launched in May.

Increasingly, said Shelagh Day, special advisor on human rights to the National Association of Women and the Law, "Women's economic inequality is affected not only by decisions taken in Canada, but by regional trade agreements, and by decisions taken by bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund."

Deborah Stienstra, associate professor of political science at the University of Winnipeg, and a member of the Manitoba UN Platform for Action Committee said, "No one organization can do this work. We need to work together."

Lise Martin, executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women said that CRIAW nurtured the development of the alliance ever since the Fourth World Conference in Beijing. "Its formation marks a new stage in Canadian women's political activism," she said, noting the Alliance's focus on economic policies and their impact on women's equality. …