2. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to guarantee that the rights enunciated in the present Covenant will be exercised without discrimination of any kind as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. From Article 2, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to ensure the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of all economic, social and cultural rights set forth in the present Covenant. Article 3, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
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Canada prides itself on its reputation as a dynamic and vibrant multi-cultural nation. However, some of the strongest human rights criticism leveled against this country concerns itself with the standard of living for Canada's Aboriginal population. Furthermore, Canada is an officially bilingual nation that has experienced ongoing tension between parties advocating for more autonomy for Quebec to preserve and promote its distinct culture, and those representing other national visions. Of course, women are a presence in all manifestations of Canadian culture. Inadequacies in social welfare policies at all levels of government are evidenced by significant obstacles that many women and minority groups face in achieving a consistent and satisfactory level of social, economic and physical security.