Women’s Rights Are Children’s Rights – Barbara Silva talks to the Calgary Herald about International Women’s Day

Our Communication Director, Barbara Silva was honoured to be included with three other amazing Calgary women , Mary Valentich, Hadiqa Jabeen and Sue Tomney all speaking about what International Women’s Day means to them in 2017. Amazing group of women.
Silva says children’s rights go hand in hand with women’s rights.
We recognize that when we impede women, we inevitably impede children. Our inability to confront or improve women’s standing in poverty means we are also disproportionately affecting children in poverty, and that’s something we need to address.

What does International Women's Day mean?

As the world recognizes International Women’s Day on Wednesday, we asked notable Calgarians what that means to them in 2017: Mary Valentich Professor emerita, U of C faculty of social work, women’s-rights activist “International Women’s Day gives all of us a chance to consider how we can make the world a better place, a more…

 

Bill 1 – An Act to Reduce School Fees

 

SOS Alberta’s response to Bill 1 Announcement

Support Our Students Alberta has long advocated for the complete elimination of all schools fees for children across the province.  It is in fact, the third point of our  Ten Strategies to Achieve Equitable Public Education

It reads:  Eliminate ALL barriers including all school-related fees (including, but not limited to, instructional materials, bussing, lunch supervision) and application procedures.

SOS Alberta feels strongly that fees and all barriers exacerbate inequalities in the system and in the wider society.  There exists a wide range and variety of fees around this province, with each school board implementing fees around bussing, noon supervision, instructional supplies and materials fees to name a few.  These fees can add up and become a real financial stress and burden on families.  As a result, Bill 1 will bring very real relief for many families, in particular, low income families who do not qualify for exemptions and who are struggling through difficult economic times.

We are very pleased to have been part of discussions surrounding the need and impact of eliminating and reducing school fees for children in Alberta. SOS Alberta has discussed the need to address this very significant barrier at every possible opportunity and appreciate this government listening to our concerns and suggestions.

Bill 1 is an important initiative showing a renewed commitment to public education, equity and most importantly to Alberta’s children.  We applaud the spirit of Bill 1, and recognize it is an important step towards eliminating all schools fees.  We look forward to continuing to be a part of that discussion, and advocating on behalf of Alberta children.