Current Issues and Actions Committee

The Current Issues and Actions Committee meets monthly and members discuss local, national and international issues. The Canadian Federation of University Women(CFUW) advocacy is an important aspect of Committee work. Committee recommendations may be made to the UWC Board for action on various issues. The Committee members also maintain links with affiliates/community groups and attend their events.
 
Please refer to the past reports for specifics of what has been discussed and action taken.


February 2020

The Current Issues and Actions (CIA) Committee held a meeting on January 8, 2020. Review and discussion commenced on several early chapters in the report previously forwarded by the (CFUW)-- “Unfinished Business-A Parallel Report on Canada's Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action”. The report states that while there has been progress for Canadian women in areas such as health and education this has not translated into notable progress on the economic front or in women’s representation in leadership. Gaps are especially wide and persistent for marginalized groups of women in Canada.

The "Unfinished Business" report will be highlighted at meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women(CSW64) in New York City in March 2020. This will be a special 25th Anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women which had been held in Beijing, China. This years theme is on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. CFUW will be sending a delegation of 20 members to CSW64. The Institute for International Women’s Rights (IIWR-MB) will be sending a delegation of 22 members from Winnipeg\Manitoba and IIWR-MB will be hosting a parallel event at the NGO CSW64 Forum: "Canada’s Unfinished Business: Tomorrow’s Change Makers-Beijing +25". Our CIA Committee and UWC Past President, Mary Scott, is one of the IIWR-MB organizing members attending CSW64.

Note to all club members: For those members who have an interest in CSW64, the CFUW January 8th newsletter describes the UNCSW64 Home Edition to enable all club members to view the events in New York straight from their home computer or device.

The next CIA Committee Meeting will be held on February 12, 2020 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express supper for $14.00 is available upon request. Please contact either Joan or Maggi in the club office if you wish reservations made for you. Any club member is very welcome to attend.

January 2020

The next CIA Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

December 2019

The Current Issues and Actions (CIA) Committee held a meeting and Climate Strike on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. During the meeting, Committee members heard an oral report of “Unfinished Business’- a Parallel Report on Canada’s Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Together with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the 1995 Beijing Declaration has remained the most progressive blueprint for advancing women’s rights. The ‘Unfinished Business’ report will be presented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)64 in New York in March 2020. This report is the work of a network of over 50 groups and experts, including CFUW, who have tracked Canada’s uneven progress towards gender equality in the 25 years since the 1995 Beijing Declaration. CIA Committee members will be participating in an ongoing review of ‘Unfinished Business’ commencing in January 2020. For the information of all club members, this report can be accessed through the CFUW November 8, 2019 newsletter.

The next CIA Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express Supper is available for $14.00 and those members who wish to have supper reservations made for them may contact either Joan or the club office. Any club member who wishes to attend this meeting is welcome.

November 2019

The Current Issues and Actions (CIA) Committee held a meeting on October 9, 2019. At the request of the club President, the Committee members reviewed a letter from The Honourable Myrna Driedger. The letter, addressed to the club President, shared information about an initiative by the Nellie McClung Foundation in partnership with the Winnipeg Free Press: The 150 Women Trailblazer Awards. An invitation was extended to nominate Trailblazers through an online process. According to the eligibility criteria, a woman, or a collective of women, who have made an impact on the development of Manitoba can be nominated. Nominees must have played a role that was first in their field, demonstrated leadership and reflected the spirit of Nellie McClung. For the information of all club members---anyone can nominate but there is only one nomination per individual or group. The deadline for submissions is November 29, 2019. Note: In a subsequent club Board meeting, A Motion to the Board regarding a nomination for the 150 Women Trailblazer Awards was approved.

The next CIA meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express Supper at a cost of $14.00 is available for this meeting. If a supper reservation is required please contact either Joan or Maggi in the club office. Any club member who wishes to attend this meeting is welcome.

Significant dates in November:
November 11 -Remembrance Day
November 25 -the first day of the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.

October 2019

The Current Issues and Actions (CIA) Committee had their first meeting of the term on September 11, 2019. The Committee members reviewed the national and international Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and Graduate Women International (GWI) activity during the summer months. Additionally, the Committee members discussed recent significant research findings in the area of a gender lens on the issue of homelessness.

The next CIA meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 9 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express Supper at a cost of $14.00 is available for this meeting. If a supper reservation is required please contact either Joan or Maggi in the club office. Any club member who wishes to attend this meeting is welcome.

October is Women’s History month!

September 2019

The Current Issues and Actions Committee will hold their first meeting of the season on Wednesday, September 11, 5:00-7:00. Committee members discuss and study issues of local, provincial, national and international significance. The Canadian Federation of University Women(CFUW) Advocacy is another important aspect of this Committee’s work.

An Express supper is available during the meeting at a cost of $14.00.
If you wish a reservation for supper, please contact the Club office.