Women need to show solidarity against gender discrimination in citizenship
Today is International Women’s Rights Day, and sadly, often getting in the way of advancing women’s rights are women themselves. I have fought for decades to correct some historic wrongs regarding equal rights in Canadian citizenship law. Here’s an excerpt from my upcoming book :
“When one peels away everything but the underlying elements, our issue (Lost Canadians) is really about discrimination, with an emphasis against women- the result being the loss of one’s citizenship.”
It’s been quite revealing that no women’s organization, not one, ever lifted a finger to help me. I became a man on a mission trying to bring equal rights to women, yet from the very people I was trying to help, not one organization ever spoke out.
Was it because I was a man fighting for women’s rights? Was it because these groups didn’t care about equality of rights in citizenship law? Why did they and continue to remain silent?
It’s not just men that need to understand that women must be afforded equal rights and be treated with total equality, but women also need to realize that everyone must speak out when anyone –male or female– is victimized by discrimination. We’re either equal or we’re not. Regrettably in Canada, let alone in the rest of the world, there’s still a long ways to go.