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People across Canada are reacting to the treatment of television reporter Shauna Hunt. It is appalling that women in the media are still challenged by forms of violence such as that experienced by the female journalist most recently. Women in the media should not be subjected to any form of violence. Whether it be verbal, as in this case, or in the form of negative representation that so adversely affects self-image and status in society. Read our statement here.
CFUW has just learned, through an APTN report, that the Quebec Native Women/ Femmes autochtones du Québec (QNW-FAQ) stands to lose core funding as a result of transferring the Aboriginal Women’s Programming Elements (AWPE) from Heritage Canada to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Developmen’s Family Violence Prevention Program. The potential loss of funding is troubling, and puts the future of this organization at risk.We have therefore called on the Government of Canada to take immediate steps to ensure continuity in this vital organization’s funding and operations. Read our letter here.
This year’s budget is heavy on tax benefits, as well additional support for women entrepreneurs and women in the corporate sector. Some of the announcements include a $60 increase in the Universal Tax Benefit, income splitting through the “family tax credit”, an Action Plan for Women Entrepreneurs, and enacting a “comply or explain” approach to promote more women on corporate boards. Read our 2015 budget analysis here.
As part of the 100th year celebrations, CFUW-FCFDU is looking for a qualified researcher/writer who will agree to write our organization’s history in the context of Canadian social history in exchange for full independent access to our archival materials...dowload the RFP to learn more.
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In a letter to Dr. Richard F. Florizone, President of Dalhousie University, the CFUW Atlantic Regional Council h as expressed concern about the offensive, degrading and misogynist comments made by a group of Dalhousie Dental students on Facebook. Read the letter here.
On the occasion of International Literacy Day, CFUW calls 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.
CFUW has written to the Honourable Peter Mackay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to fully endorse the Canadian Human Rights Commission call for a full public inquiry into the root causes of so many deaths and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls. Read the letter here.
The Quebec Provincial Council of University Women's Clubs is dismayed upon hearing of the removal of the name of Thérèse Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine, from a national honour and has been replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister's banner in addition to evidence of Mme. Casgrain’s image and accomplishments being erased from the public sphere. Read the letter to the Prime Minister in English or French.