By Jackie Hansen, Major Campaigns and Women’s Rights CampaignerWatch this short video by Up for Debate supporters!
My number is 0. Zero is the number of times that women’s rights and gender equality were discussed in the Maclean’s debate on August 6, the first federal leader’s debate of the 11 week election campaign.
Zero is the number of times that ‘human rights’ were mentioned in the two-hour debate.
The word ‘woman’ was mentioned four times—three times in reference to women and men in the military, and once as a passing reference to a particular woman.
The debate focused on four thematic areas—the economy, environment, democracy, and foreign affairs/security. What were the missed opportunities to discuss women’s rights and gender equality? Here are some of the questions that could have been explored.