For example: women have had to fight for access to the basic healthcare that they (and girls and trans men) need, including birth control and abortion; police have failed to adequately protect Indigenous women and girls; and Muslim women and girls in Canada who choose to wear hijab or niqab to express their spirituality or identity have faced discriminatory laws.
Women’s inequality is so commonplace, some forms are either not recognized as discrimination, or are not treated as a priority.
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Bill 21Bill 21 is a law which disproportionately impacts people who are already marginalized. New Quebec laws ban Canadians working as teachers, lawyers, police officers, and more from wearing religious symbols such as crosses, hijabs, turbans and yarmulkes. This not only affects people currently working in the public sector, but also the youth who aspire to those careers.
Protecting Reproductive Rights
A New Brunswick regulation restricts access to abortion unless done in approved hospitals, even though this restriction is not medically necessary or justified. The New Brunswick law has createD a serious issue for New Brunswick women, girls and trans people who need access to abortion, a basic form of health care.