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Polygamy in Canada: Legal and Social Implications for Women and Children – A Collection of Policy Research Reports
The research and publication of this study were funded by Status of Women Canada's Policy Research Fund. This document expresses the views of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official policy of Status of Women Canada or the Government of Canada.
Status of Women Canada is committed to ensuring that all research produced through the Policy Research Fund adheres to high methodological, ethical and professional standards. Specialists in the field anonymously review each paper and provide comments on:
Status of Women Canada thanks those who contribute to this peer-review process.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Polygamy in Canada [electronic resources]: social implications for women and children.
Electronic monograph in PDF and HTML formats.
Polygamy - Government policy - Canada.
HQ981 P64 2005 306.84'23'0971 C2005-980296-0
Project Manager: Vesna Radulovic and Jo Anne de Lepper, Status of Women Canada
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Good public policy depends on good research. In recognition of this, Status of Women Canada instituted the Policy Research Fund in 1996. It supports independent, nationally relevant policy research on issues linked to the public policy agenda and in need of gender-based analysis. Our objective is to enhance public debate on gender equality issues to enable individuals, organizations, policy makers and policy analysts to participate more effectively in the policy development process.
The focus of the research may be on long-term, emerging policy issues or short-term, policy issues that require an analysis of their gender implications. Funding is awarded through an open, competitive call for proposals. A non-governmental, external committee plays a key role in identifying policy research priorities, selecting research proposals for funding and evaluating the final reports.
The four policy research papers that make up this collection were jointly funded by Status of Women Canada and the Department of Justice Canada under a call for proposals issued in January 2005. In this call for proposals, researchers were asked to explore the legal and social ramifications of the practice of polygamy, including the impacts of the practice of polygamy on women and children and gender equality.
Polygamy is illegal in Canada pursuant to s. 293 of the Criminal Code. The practice of polygamy is also contrary to many of Canada's international commitments and to the notion of gender equality that is fundamental to Canadian society. It is essential that any debate regarding polygamy should include a consideration of the need to respect gender equality fully and promote the advancement of all women. These studies contribute to our knowledge base in this area.
We thank all the researchers for their contribution to the public policy debate on this important issue
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