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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of the removal of the name of Thérèse Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine, from a national honour and has been replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister's banner in addition to evidence of Mme.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.