CFUW News from National​
 OC Advocacy Awards List of recipients 2014-2015 – CFUW Belleville is on the list of award recipients!

CFUW Helps Launch Campaign Calling for Leaders’ Debate on Issues Identified by Women
Over the past several months, CFUW has been working with a broad alliance of organizations interested in women’s rights to develop a campaign that we bring greater attention to issues affecting women in the upcoming 2015 election. Up for Debate calls on all political parties to commit to a federal leaders’ debate on issues identified by women – the first in 30 years, and to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and abroad by:
  • Ending violence against women
  • Ending women’s economic inequality
  • Supporting women’s leadership and organizations
Visit the website or for more information. You can also join the conversation on Facebookand Twitter.

CFUW Trailblazers: Women Who Knew How to Roar

 CFUW has had many trailblazing women in our midst during our 95 years of existence, including: the first woman to graduate from a Canadian medical school; the first woman to be federally appointed as a judge; and the first woman to serve as a viceregal representative and many more.
To mark Women’s History Month in Canada, CFUW is highlighting some of these women on our blog. Check it out at:

Take Action
URGENT: Justice for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls
Join CFUW members in writing to your Member of Parliament using our templates for individuals and Clubs to demand justice and action for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women and girls
(you can find your MPs contact information with your postal code here). You can also contact your Premier and relevant provincial Ministers using this template and contact list.

For a full list of action opportunities, visit the take action section of our website. 

CFUW Responds to Bill C-36
While CFUW is generally supportive of the approach taken towards prostitution in Bill C-36, the Protection of Exploited Persons and Communities Act, we have expressed our concern for sections 15(1) and (3), which continue to criminalize prostituted persons. We also fear that the funding announced for prostitution exit services will not be sufficient to meet short term and long term needs, and have asked that the Government of Canada undertake a comprehensive needs assessment. Read our letter to Justice Minister, Peter Mackay, which follows up on the CFUW Brief to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
On International Literacy Day, CFUW Called for Action Address Growing Low Literacy in Canada
On September 8th, International Literacy Day, CFUW called on federal, provincial and territorial governments to address the troubling growth in low literacy among Canadians. According to the latest Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) carried out by Statistics Canada on behalf of the OECD, 48% of the Canadian population has literacy skills below level 3, the internationally accepted level required to function in a modern society and to be fully component in many jobs. Read more here.
Take Action
Let’s Get More Women Elected!
Equal Voice Toronto has recently launched a new initiative that seeks to connect women interested in running for politics with political parties seeking female candidates to run.
They need your help in encouraging strong and ambitious women to contribute to public life, and hopes you will invite outstanding women to explore a career in politics while connecting with Canada’s political parties.
No political experience, party affiliation, or commitment to run for office is required to submit a profile to Equal Voice recognizes that “ideal” political candidates come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. A great candidate may be actively engaged in her community, whether through associations, non-government organizations, schools, unions, or other groups.

For a full list of action opportunities, visit the take action section of our website. 

National Initiatives

  • CFUW has written to The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State for Democratic Reform requesting clarification on Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act. Read our letter here.
  • Political Leadership Needed to End Violence against Indigenous Women Says CFUW on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Read our blog for more information.

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