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Don't we count as people? Saskatchewan social welfare policy and women's health

Reports on a research project that explored how women's health is affected by the policies governing social assistance benefits in Saskatchewan.

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Published: 2005
Strengthening the Canada Social Transfer

Argues that new ways of ensuring that social programs comply with human rights norms, including appropriate accountability mechanisms, are needed.

Published: 2006
Women and poverty

Discusses issues relating to women and poverty including who is at risk of poverty, why women's incomes are lower than men's, and the effects of the poverty of women on society.

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Published: 2005
Women's work is never done: comparative studies in care-giving, employment, and social policy reform
Examines the status of women as the main recipients of welfare and as providers of paid and unpaid care.
Published: 2002
Two hundred and forty-four voices: Manitobans with disabilities share their views on income assistance and employment
Reflects the feedback, and suggestions, from the 244 participants who attended eleven community consultation meetings on the issues raised, and suggestions for change presented, in the research document entitled Employment Solutions. The document was a short summary of the eight recommendations to come out of research into how the provincial Income Assistance Program enables people with disabilities to train for, and find work. The present report incorporates additional recommendations of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities' Income Security Committee and the MLPD's Provincial Council on the changes required to improve the provincial Income Assistance Program to better support Manitobans with disabilities to prepare for, and find, meaningful employment opportunities.
Published: 2000
Women at the margins: neglect, punishment, and resistance
Addresses the barriers that isolate marginalized women from the mainstream, strip them from citizenship and render them expendable.
Published: 2002
Preschool children: promises to keep
Focuses on the issues facing children and families living in poverty. Examines Canadian programs for children and their families. (See Details)
Published: 1999
A new poverty line: yes, no or maybe?
Explores the different ways that poverty could be measured in Canada. Provides basic facts about poverty lines and information on spending patterns in Canada. (See Details)
Published: 1999
Women and social assistance policy in Saskatchewan and Manitoba
Provides a gendered analysis of changes in income assistance policies and a description of advocacy services and the barriers women face in asserting their rights to income security. (See Details)
Published: 2005
Who benefits: women, unpaid work and social policy
Documents many of the complex issues surrounding the lives of women on social assistance with small children and suggests changes in the way national accounts measure work, particularly as it affects women from difference socioeconomic backgrounds. Makes recommendations to the Saskatchewan Department of Social Services for new internal training programs, supports for access and choice in childcare, transportation, doing job searches, removing clawbacks, developing clear guidelines and policies, and reviewing and revising policy areas that give undue power to case workers. Concludes that with the current welfare reform underway in Saskatchewan, putting a value on the caregiving of children is a great way to envision change. (See Details)
Published: 2001