CHILD CARE IS A RIGHT

In partnership with the CCCABC (Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC), the CCAAC is proud to announce our new project (2010) “Child Care is a Right”. The child care movement began as a central issue of the women’s rights movement so it’s natural that we would return to our roots and begin to explore child care from a women’s, children and family rights position.

The core of our work will be to explore Canada's international treaty obligations to women, children and families as they pertain to child care. We are focusing on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and related General Comment #7, the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

 

Update from Geneva:

Our presentation to the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (February 6, 2012)


Project publications:

Factsheets
June 2011

As children, child care is our right
As families, child care is our right
As women, child care is our right
As workers, child care is our right

 

 

Brief
A Tale of Two Canadas: Implementing Rights in Early Childhood

Child Care is a Right Project releases A Tale of Two Canadas (March 3, 2011)
Download the full brief (23 pages)
Download the overview (english - 2 pages)
Download the appendices (18 pages)

 

 

Postcard
April 2011
Child Care is a Right postcards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to the 'Child Care is a Right' project and information about the UN process
May 2010

 

Our right to advocate:

Why are we so passionate about advocating for our rights – and does the United Nations really care?
Our child care advocacy movement  began as a central issue of the women’s rights movements.  For over 30 years, the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC has advocated for quality, affordable, accessible child care to enhance the lives of women and children. We believe that Canada signed on to the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in good faith, and with that same good faith, we work now to hold Canada accountable for its lack of action.

Does the UN really care what CCCABC has to say?  
The answer is a resounding yes! While the process may be a bit difficult to navigate, the UN has established a number of ways for organizations like ours to inform the review committee’s work and to suggest questions that should be put to Canada’s government representatives. “The Committee on the Right of the Child seeks specific, reliable and objective information from NGO’s (non governmental organizations [like CCCABC]) in order to obtain a serious and independent assessment of the progress and difficulties encountered in the implementation of the CRC.”

So, it is our responsibility as concerned and engaged citizens of Canada to be part of the review process and demand the rights of children and women are upheld in our country.

A Guide for Non-Governmental Organizations Reporting to the Committee on the Rights of the Child
prepared for the CCCABC and CCAAC Boards of Directors as information regarding the process for reporting to the UN on the CRC

NGO reporting process guide available from: http://www.crin.org/ngogroupforcrc/

 

Related Readings:

Conventions
What Commitments has Canada made to Children, Women and Families?


By ratifying (or approving) the following agreements, Canada has committed to protecting and ensuring rights for the following groups (among others). Canada has also agreed to be accountable for these commitments before the international community

On Children and Families

On Women


Canada Reports to the UN – Public Reporting to the International Community
Has Canada always reported the whole truth?


On Children and Families

On Women


Civil Society reports to the UN
What have grassroots organizations said?

 

On Children and Families

On Women


The UN makes its evaluation.
What does the UN say about Canada’s progress (or lack of it)?


On Children and Families

On Women

 

Links to other Rights organizations


On Children and Families

On Women