CURRENT ISSUES AND ACTIONS


February 2018

The Current Issues and Actions Committee met on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The Com-mittee continued discussion of the joint club Committee plans for the International Women’s Day(IWD) luncheon on Friday, March 9, 2018. The luncheon will honor the Match International Women’s Fund which is again the Canadian Federation of University Women fundraising project for the 2018 International Women’s Day. The guest speaker for the club IWD luncheon will be Dr. Emma Alexander, Associate Professor in the History Department of the University of Winnipeg.Dr. Alexander is a long-time Match supporter and will be speaking about The Conditions of Education for Women in India and Nepal.

The Committee thanked Sandy Millen for her co-ordination of the Christmas Shoebox Project at the club. Sandy has responded..”We broke our record this year preparing 30 shoeboxes for delivery to women in shelters over the holidays. In total and to date, the Shoebox organization has facilitated the delivery of 1,698 shoeboxes to very deserving women in our community”.

The next meeting date of the Current Issues and Actions Committee will be Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Any club member is welcome to attend. An Express Supper is available for the meeting at a cost of $12.00. If you wish to order this supper for the meeting please contact either Maggi in the club office uwc@mymts.net or Joan Stone.

December 2017

On November 8, 2017, Gwen Repeta attended the Current Issues and Actions Committee meeting to speak about Fair Trade. Gwen described the Fair Trade practices at Ten Thousand Villages, the cultivation of long-term buying relationships with disadvantaged artisans from around the world and Fair Trade efforts/practices in Manitoba and throughout Canada.

The next Current Issues and Actions Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express supper is available for $12.00. If any club member wishes to have supper reserved for this 2018 meeting, please email either Joan Stone or Maggi uwc@mymts.net in the office. Any club member is welcome to attend.

November 2017

We met on October 11, 2017 with a discussion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, 2017. This is an annual international campaign to challenge vio-lence against women and girls. The Institute for Women’s Rights will be holding a local community event on the first day. The Committee members also reviewed the final CFUW Advocacy Plan for Resolution #1.

We meet next on Wed., Nov. 8 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.....* NOTICE TO CLUB MEMBERS: This meet-ing will forgo the usual Committee format as a guest, Gwen Repeta, will be speaking about Fair Trade and the various Manitoba initiatives for assisting to improve the lives of women around the world, their families and communities. All members are welcome. An Express supper can be re-served for $12.00.

October 2017

At our first meeting, Sept. 13, we dis-cussed the CFUW 2017 Annual General Meet-ing in Richmond, BC and it was noted that the Winnipeg club`s Resolution had been ap-proved. Following the AGM, members of our Committee Resolutions sub-committee had provided advocacy information for the ap-proved Resolution to the CFUW national office and a draft Advocacy Plan was developed. The Committee reviewed this draft Plan at the meeting and provided several further recom-mendations for changes to the CFUW national office. When the Advocacy Plan is finalized, it will be sent to all clubs across Canada.

It was also noted that Manitoba has de-clared October 4th an official day to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

We meet next on Wed., Oct. 11, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm. An Express Supper for $12.00 can be reserved upon request.

September 2017

The Current Issues and Actions Committee will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, Septem-ber 13 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Local, national and international issues are discussed. The Cana-dian Federation of University Women (CFUW) advocacy is an important aspect of the committee work. Committee recommendations may be made to the UWC Board for action on various topics.

There will be an Express Supper provided at a cost of $12.00. Kindly advise either Joan Stone or the UWC office at uwc@mymts.net if you would like an Express Supper and arrangements will be made. All club members are welcome to attend.