Green Party of New Brunswick Policy Proposal: Women’s RightsContext :
In the last few years, women have made significant gains in legal matters, among others. Women of course have the right to vote and more job opportunities than they once had. On the other hand, there is still a glass ceiling in the workplace and many forms of discrimination still exist in our society. Much work remains to be done to achieve genuine gender equality. This equality must be supported by concrete facts and visible actions.
The inequalities experienced by women are the result of a system of patriarchal oppression combined with the system of capitalist exploitation. Inequalities are aggravated in this context as the social and cultural roles attributed to women are considered to be inferior to those of men. Patriarchy maintains structural oppression favouring discrimination and different forms of violence against women, while capitalism benefits from cheap labour (free labour from women).
Several studies across Canada and New Brunswick show that inequalities for women are not only perpetrated but are also marginalized or even trivialized. Our party recognizes and takes seriously the specific aspects of women's health, their role and power in democratic spaces, their access to employment without discrimination and the real recognition of their work. Our party also supports Aboriginal women's struggles for self-determination over their bodies and territory. Our party is also committed to adopting a feminist approach to families that includes a specific look at low-cost child care that is accessible to all. Our party is committed to fighting prejudice, different forms of discrimination and breaking the isolation experienced by immigrant women. It is essential to transform the social roles and mentalities that generate multiple forms of structural oppression.
The goal is to transform sexual and gender roles and to combat stereotypes, both for men and women and for people of sexual diversity. It is also necessary to analyze government policies and measures according to their different impacts on men and women.
Within our party, members are committed to respecting gender diversity. To treat our colleagues with respect and without prejudice. Members of the party also undertake to have gender parity at the executive level of electoral district associations, at the level of the Executive Council and also at the level of the candidates during provincial elections. It is important to have adequate incentives to encourage greater participation of women in political parties.
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