Up for Debate

Up for Debate

Ending poverty and inequality begins with women's rights. That's why Oxfam Canada has teamed up with the Alliance for Women’s Rights in calling for a national leaders debate on issues identified by women ahead of the October election. Are you Up For Debate?

Support the Up For Debate CampaignUp for Debate is a Canada-wide conversation on gender justice and equality, and a call for all political parties to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better.

Up for Debate is led by the Alliance for Women's Rights. As Canada heads into a federal election this fall, Oxfam Canada along with over 175 members of the Alliance For Women’s Rights are united in calling for measureable commitments that show our political leaders understand the diverse needs and realities of women.

Thanks to a partnership between the Up For Debate campaign, Twitter Canada, Toronto Star and Le Devoir, women’s issues will finally take the forefront in the federal election.  This national conversation on women’s issues will be broadcast live from Toronto’s Isabel Bader theatre on Monday, Sept 21. The free event starts at 7:00pm and will feature a lineup of commentators and pundits analyzing and debating clips from exclusive one-on-one video interviews with four of the five federal party leaders.

Join us today

Sign our petition calling on party leaders to put issues that impact the lives of women and girls in Canada and abroad at the forefront of this federal election. We believe the conversation must start ahead of the election in other to translate into meaningful policy change at the federal level.

What we're calling for

We're asking party leaders to tell us their vision for a more equal Canada for all of us and to articulate policies that will change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world.

We want to see meaningful treatment of women’s rights issues in all party election platforms. We're calling for substantive commitments and specific strategies to
►  end violence against women
►  end women’s economic inequality
►  support women’s leadership and organizations

Why We're Up For Debate

Women are change-makers and leaders in their communities. More Canadian women than ever before are graduating from university, entering new professions and running for public office.

Yet women in Canada:
►  continue to earn 20% less than their male peers for the same work.
►  are more likely to be poor
►  do twice as much unpaid work at home
►  continue to experience violence at alarming rates. More than 8,000 women and children seek protection every day in Canada’s shelter system. In the last 35 years, more than 1,000 Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in our country.

Three decades have passed since Canada held its first and only leaders’ debate on issues identified by women. Much has changed since that time, but much more needs to be done. We’re Up For Debate on meaningful change for women and girls to address inequality and injustice. 

Join us. Stand up for women's rights! 

Learn what you can do to put women's issues at the forefont of this election: PDF icon up_for_debate_questions_to_ask_candidates_-_final.pdf
►  Sign the petition
►  Sign up for 2015 Up for Debate campaign updates from the Alliance

Did you know?

►  One in three women and girls around the world will be physically or sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
►  In every country, women face economic exclusion and marginalization
►  Violence against women is endemic, and sexual violence continues to be used as a weapon in armed conflict
►  Every year, 14 million girls are married against their will before they turn 18
►  Women still account for only nine per cent of the police, 20 per cent of parliamentarians, and 27 per cent of all judges worldwide
►  Women’s voices matter:  In the 2011 Canadian federal election, half a million more women turned out to vote than men

Learn More

►  The Alliance for Women's Rights represents over 175 organizations and more than four million Canadians who want to see women’s issues addressed fully in the upcoming federal election
►  Read and share the Up For Debate campaign platform
►  Read a June 2015 Toronto Star news story laying out party platforms

Join us. Stand up for women's rights! Sign the petition now.