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REAL Women of Canada

 

REAL Women of Canada

REAL Women of Canada
Abbreviation RWOC
Formation 1983
Type socially conservative lobby group in Canada.
Legal status active
Purpose

advocate group

and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Region served
Canada
Official language
English
French
Affiliations An official sponsor of World Congress of Families
Website Official website of REAL Women of Canada

REAL Women of Canada (Vraies Femmes du Canada in French) is a socially conservative advocacy group in Canada. The organization was founded in 1983.

REAL stands for "Realistic, Equal, Active, for Life". The group believes that the nuclear family is the most important unit in Canadian society, and that the fragmentation of the Canadian family is a primary cause of social disorder. It lobbies the Government of Canada in favour of legislation to promote what it believes to be the Judeo-Christian model of family life, and to support homemaking. It is also opposed to feminism, abortion and LGBT rights (and same-sex marriage in Canada as well).

The group has intervened in M. v. H. (1999). In R. v. Sullivan (1991) it argued that a fetus is a person.

Its objectives are, according to its website:

  1. To reaffirm that the family is society’s most important unit, since the nurturing of its members is best accomplished in the family setting.
  2. To promote the equality, advancement and well being of women, recognizing them as interdependent members of society, whether in the family, workplace or community.
  3. To promote, secure and defend legislation which upholds what it considers the Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage and family life.
  4. To support government and social policies that make homemaking possible for women who, out of necessity, would otherwise have to take employment outside the home.
  5. To support the right to life of all innocent individuals from conception to natural death.

Part of their economic policies to help meet their objectives are increased tax relief for single-income families, families with children, and individuals with children.

REAL Women is similar in political and social outlook to Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum and to Concerned Women for America in the United States.

The organization has also heavily criticized individuals who have spoken out against Uganda's proposed policy of executing gays and lesbians.[1] While they do not explicitly support the execution of homosexuals, they oppose any effort by foreign governments to deter Uganda from implementing the death penalty for LGBT individuals. On August 7, 2013, the group issued a statement criticizing Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird for speaking out on LGBT human rights issues in both Uganda and Russia as part of Canada's foreign policy.[2]

History

In January 1983,

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ "Women's group slams Baird over anti-gay laws stance". CBC News. Aug 7, 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "John Baird’s defence of gay rights ‘offensive,’ women’s group says". Toronto Star, August 7, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Erwin, Lorna. "R.E.A.L. Women, Anti-feminism and the Welfare State." Resources for Feminist Research 17 (1988): 147-49. Print.
  4. ^ a b c d e Pal, Leslie A. Interests of the State. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University, 1993. Print. p144
  5. ^ a b MacIvor, Heather. Women and Politics in Canada. Broadview, 2001. Print. p145
  6. ^ Yasmeen Abu-Laban. Gendering the Nation-State: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives.  
  7. ^ Tom Warner. Never Going Back.  
  8. ^ a b Vickers, Jill, Pauline Rankin, and Christine Appelle. Politics as If Women Mattered: a Political p240

References

REAL is directly opposed to issues that organizations such as the National Action Committee advocate and push to enact. One is abortion, which REAL opposes, claiming it is murder. In addition, the group opposes the idea of the universal childcare model, as they believe that governmental childcare represents a loss of parental control and increases the influence of the state on the family. They argue that the funding would be better spent on things such as courses on parenting skills.[3] REAL also oppose laws guaranteeing equal pay for women, believing that this would reduce the income disparity between genders, draw women into the paid labour force, and incentivize the economic position of female-led households. They believe this represents a major threat to family values, demeans women and breaks down the traditional family. They also believe that women taking men's jobs will destroy the free market economy.[3] Other viewpoints they oppose include programs to reduce family violence, which they claim encourage hatred toward men; no-fault divorce; and human rights protections for gays and lesbians.[3] The overarching goal of REAL Women is to support the way of life traditionally associated with the 1950s nuclear family and arch-conservative values.[4] Their belief is that their activism contributes to women's equality and will improve their lives.[4] Their monthly newsletter, Reality, mirrors the American conservative movement. It regularly attacks feminists such as Flora MacDonald as well as feminist campaigns.[8]

[3] Since the founding of REAL, the movement has made numerous suggestions on how to augment the options and resources available to families.[3] Their views and beliefs greatly differed from the stance taken by the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and its umbrella organizations, and REAL Women argued against the equality guarantees already enacted in the [3] REAL Women claimed to represent a silent majority of women within Canada. They promoted male-led, single-breadwinner families, and believed that women should be homemakers, mothers and wives.

The group claimed initially to have 10,000 members, however this was later discredited.[4] The year following their formation, the group held its first national conference, claiming to have 20,000 members, though this could not be verified.[5]

A press conference was held in 1984 officially announcing their formation. [7][6][5].National Action Committee on the Status of Women REAL Women was formed as an anti-feminist counterweight to the [4]

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