Tag Archives: women’s work

NIP [two that look interesting…] employment equity & 'women's work'

Employment Equity in Canada: The Legacy of the Abella Report 

Carol Agócs, ed

Carol Agócs is Professor Emerita at UWO Poli Sci (read her biographical info here).  The table of contents (here) looks great.  Articles by Gerald Hunt, David Rayside and Donn Short, Marcia Rioux and Lora Patton, Mary Cornish, Fay Faraday and Jan Borowy, Raj Anand, inter alia, and a forward by Justice Abella herself!

“Informative and evidence-based, this book celebrates the legacy of the Abella Report, while raising critical questions about the continuing challenges of achieving workplace equality.”

Colleen Sheppard, Director, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

from the publishers page here 

Publisher’s page at U of T Press

Examining the evidence of nearly thirty years, the contributors – both scholars and practitioners of employment policy – evaluate the history and influence of the Abella Report, the impact of Canada’s employment equity legislation on equality in the workplace, and the future of substantive equality in an environment where the Canadian government is increasingly hostile to intervention in the workplace. They compare Canada’s legal and policy choices to those of the United States and to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and examine ways in which the concept of employment equity might be expanded to embrace other vulnerable communities. Their observations will be essential reading for those seeking to understand the past, present, and future of Canadian employment and equity policy.

from the publishers page here

book coverBeyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work
by Sheila M. Neysmith, Marge Reitsma-Street, Stephanie Baker Collins, and Elaine Porter also from U of T Press, publisher’s page here.
Although women have long been members of the labour force, the proportion of domestic, caring, and community work they provide compared to men or the state has yet to decrease substantially. Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work offers a powerful new framework for understanding women’s work in a holistic sense, acknowledging both their responsibilities in supporting others as well as their employment duties.

Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work is based on a four-year, multi-site study of women who are members of contemporary community organizations. The authors reveal the complex ways in which these women define and value their own work, investigating what supports and constrains their individual and collective efforts. Calling on the state to assist more with citizens’ provisioning responsibilities, Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work provides an excellent basis for new discussions on equitable and sustainable public policies. (here)

Breast Cancer & Toxics: Do labelling campaigns burden women?

Delighted to have this “Guest Post” from Osgoode colleague and IFLS member  Dayna N. Scott who is the Exec Dir of the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health.  You can find some of her research here, on SSRN.

Léa Pool’s documentary about the breast cancer industry, Pink Ribbons Inc (clip below), premiered at the Toronto International Film Fest last month. Cancer has touched all of us, and it has probably inspired in all of us an urge to “do something”, too, but this film challenges us to think a lot more about what kinds of things we should do if we really want to stop this disease.  Pool’s film was inspired by Samantha King’s book Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy.

Breast Cancer Action Montreal (BCAM) is an organization that really is working towards preventing breast cancer.  They recently launched a campaign, in this spirit, asking for a recognizable symbol or label to be placed on all consumer products in Canada that contain carcinogens.   But doesn’t a labelling campaign (see Femme Toxic‘)  just shift the onus (and the risk!) onto individual consumers – mainly women – who will vary dramatically in their capacities to make use of that label?  We at the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health argue that this “precautionary consumption” is undeniably women’s work.

Read my exchange with Patricia Kearns of BCAM here.

logo for action group Femme ToxicDayna Scott.