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.


June 2018

On May 9, 2018, the Current Issues and Actions Committee held their final meeting of the term. One of the items discussed was the potential for a daytime Issues Discussion group to be organized at the club. The Committee members agreed that an invitational Expression of Interest for this type of group should be sent to club members in the September 2018 Bulletin. The next Current Issues and Actions Committee meeting will be held on September 12, 2018 at 5:00. There will be an Express supper available via reservation for a cost of $12.00. Any club member is always welcome to attend.

May 2018

We met on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Amendments to each of the CFUW 2018 Proposed Resolutions all approved by the club Board, were sent to the proposing CFUW clubs.

  • Resolution 1: CFUW Perth and District: Fair and Non-Discriminatory Management of Refugees and Asylum Seekers...
  • Resolution 2: CFUW B.C. Council: Ending Youth Homelessness....
  • Resolution 3: CFUW Nelson and District: Education to serve as a vehicle for social justice for vulnerable children living in closed religious communities.


The next Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express supper for $12.00 will be available for those who wish to partake. Please reserve for the sup-per with Joan Stone or Maggi in the club office. Any club member is welcome to attend.

April 2018

The Current Issues and Actions(CIA) Committee held a meeting on March 14, 2018. Committee members reviewed a formal thank you from Helen Whetter of the Match Interna-tional Women’s Fund.

The Committee reviewed and discussed the Canadian Federation of University Women(CFUW) 2018 Proposed Resolutions.

  • Resolution 1: from CFUW Perth and District: Fair and Non-Discriminatory Management of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Resolution 2: from CFUW BC Council: Ending Youth Homelessness
  • Resolution 3: from CFUW Nelson and District: Education to serve as a vehicle for social justice for vulnerable children living in closed religious communities.


The Committee recommended Amendments for each Proposed Resolution. (The Amended Proposed Resolution recommendations were later taken to a club Board meeting and subse-quently approved.)

The next CIA Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express supper will be available at a cost of $12.00. If any club member wishes to attend this meeting and have an Express supper reserved, please contact either Joan Stone or the club office. As always, any club member is welcome to attend.


 

March 2018

The University Women’s Club of Winnipeg is planning an International Women’s Day 2018 Celebratory Luncheon. Two club Committee’s are working jointly to plan and deliver a program for the luncheon which will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018. The club Program Committee is working jointly with the club Current Issues and Actions Committee to arrange this luncheon program especially to recognize the CFUW 2018 International Women’s Day project: The Match International Women’s Fund. The Manitoba representative of the Match International Women’s Fund, Helen Whetter, will be an honoured guest at this year’s International Women’s Day luncheon. A long-time supporter of the Match International Women’s Fund, Dr Emma Alexander, Associate Professor in the History Department of the University of Winnipeg, will be the speaker for the program part of the luncheon. Dr Alexander holds a PhD in south Asian History from the University of Cambridge. Following completion of her PhD, she became a post-doctoral fellow at SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and afterwards a fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum/Library in New Delhi. Dr Alexander’s research interests include Indian Labour History, Women’s History, Transnational Histories of the South Asian Diaspora etc. The topic of Dr Alexander’s luncheon presentation at the club will be “The Conditions of Education for Women in India and Nepal”.

The Current Issues and Actions Committee held a meeting on Wed., Feb 14, 2018. The Committee discussed the club joint committee International Women’s Day (IWD) celebratory luncheon in support of the CFUW IWD fundraising project: The Match International Women’s Fund. The luncheon will be held on Fri., March 9th-as part of the regular Program Committee luncheon activity. Helen Whetter from Match will be a special guest and the program speaker will be long-time Match supporter Dr Emma Alexander, Associate Professor, History Department, University of Winnipeg........... In a recent CFUW newsletter it was announced that ****a donor to the international grant partner will double the funds raised by our club for this event****. This is very good news to increase our club’s ability to assist Match again this year. (See pages 5 and 6)

The next Committee meeting will be held on Wed., March 14, 2018 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express supper is available for this meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting and have the Express supper, kindly reserve by contacting either Joan Stone or Maggi in the club office. For the information of club members, the CFUW Proposed Resolutions for 2018 will be reviewed and discussed during this meeting. All club members are welcome to attend.

Feb 2018

The Current Issues and Actions Committee met on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The Committee 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.

Dec 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.

Nov 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. Contact Joan Stone or the UWC office uwc@mymts.net.

Oct 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. Please advise Joan Stone or the UWC office 204.954.7880 uwc@mymts.net if you plan to attend so that appropriate arrangements can be made. All members very welcome.

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.