Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Registry Lives to Fight Another Day

CFUW was present at last night’s historic vote. After months of hard work, the registry was saved… for now.  This victory, while we can savor it for the time being, is bitter sweet.  After the vote the Prime Minister vowed to continue the campaign to end the long gun registry.  This means that while we have won the battle, the war is far from over.

The contempt shown for a tool that has helped save hundreds of women’s lives cannot be tolerated. We need to work harder than ever to protect the registry and gun control in this country; we must speak out for those who are silenced by fear, intimidation and firearms.

Our Prime Minister’s promise to get rid of the gun registry underlines his lack of respect for our democratic processes. CFUW, as an organization with a founding purpose to increase the status and safety of women, cannot sit on the sidelines. We will work with our partners in civil society, in the labour movement, the Ad Hoc Coalition and with groups across the country to ensure these issues do not fade.

Thank you to CFUW members across the country for your hard work and commitment to making Canada a more equal society.  You can feel proud in knowing that we stood up to a divisive, bullying government and won. Keep fighting; the issues are too important to lose.

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For more information please contact:

Sam Spady, cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com

The Registry Saves Women’s Lives

Registry Saves Women’s Lives

Canadian Federation of University Women

OTTAWA, September 21, 2010 – Brenda Wallace, National President of the Canadian Federation of University Women calls on Members of Parliament to separate facts from rhetoric this Wednesday during the vote on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) report recommending Canada keep its long gun registry. “The facts are clear; lives have been saved by the registry and our elected representatives have a duty to put our public safety before politics,” said Wallace.

As well as being crucial for public safety, the registry also saves lives in domestic violence situations. 88% of women killed by firearms are killed by a long-gun; the majority of these women are located in rural areas, where long-guns are more likely to be present.

Statistics show the spousal homicide rate has dropped to its lowest point in 30 years. More dramatically, in the decade that saw the creation of the long-gun registry, firearm-related spousal homicide decreased three-fold. In 1996, there were 27 firearm-related spousal homicides compared to 9 in 2007.

“We’ve been told this issue pits urban and rural Canadians against one another, but in this debate women’s voices are lost,” Wallace said from Regina today, “We need to speak out for those who have been silenced by domestic violence, and remind MPs that long-guns escalate domestic violence situations and contribute to spousal homicide.”

More people living with gun owners support the registry than oppose it (47 per cent versus 36 per cent). This recognizes the benefits of the safe storing regulations that the registry has helped to enforce; without proof of ownership the Firearms Act as a whole becomes less enforceable, undermining public safety.

The facts are clear, the registry saves lives. Eliminating it will put lives in danger.

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For more information contact:

Sam Spady, 613-234-8252 ext. 106

CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization of close to 10,000 women university graduates, students and Associate Members in 112 Clubs across Canada that works to improve the status of women and human rights, education, social, justice, and peace. CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) Commission on the Status of Women and belongs to the Education Sector of the Canadian Commission to UNESCO. CFUW is the largest of the 79 affiliates of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

http://www.cfuw.org/media/4789/c391_2010_09_21.pdf

CFUW part of Women’s Coalition for Gun Control

Women Unite in Support of the Gun Registry

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 21 at 11:00 am, Canada’s Federal Opposition Women’s Critics and the Canadian Labour Congress, with the support of women’s groups across Canada will come together to remind MPs that the Gun Registry is a gender issue.

A media conference will be held on Parliament Hill and will feature the Women’s Critics from each of the Opposition political parties, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the Ad-Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality. Their message will be clear; the gun registry saves women’s lives.  A domestic violence victim is 12 times more likely to be murdered if a long gun is on site. The long-gun registry lets police know if gun(s) are in a house and to remove them.

The media conference is being held one day before a crucial vote on the long-gun registry. On Wednesday, September 22, Members of Parliament will vote on a report by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) recommending Canada keep its long gun registry. If most MP’s vote against SECU’s recommendations, Bill C-391 will go to third reading. If it passes, the long-gun registry, and the existing records of over 7 million registered firearms, will be abolished.

The media conference is supported by women’s organizations across the country who want to ensure that women’s safety concerns are heard and addressed. CFUW will be on Parliament Hill tomorrow in support of the Press Conference and the long-gun registry.

CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo wins local support for the Gun Registry!

The Kitchener-Waterloo Regional council voted 14-1 this week to support the Long Gun Registry.

CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo presented the case for the registry, as it is an important tool that helps fight domestic violence and homicide. Since its creation, the registration of long guns has helped enforce  safety regulations and remove firearms in situations of domestic violence. The result is a three fold decrease in the number of spousal homicides.

The House of Commons resumes next week after the summer recess to decide the fate of the registry.  Jack Layton and the NDP have announced they have the support of enough of their rural MPs to save the valuable safety tool. Yet, in urban areas like Kitchener-Waterloo, Conservative MPs are expected to vote to eliminate it. The work of CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo and the recent vote of the Regional Council reminds these MPs that the registry saves lives, and they ought to put public safety before politics.  To learn more about the Gun Registry and contact your own MP on the issue, click here.

Congratulations to Margaret Binek, the Advocacy Chair at CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo, and all of the members involved for their hard work!

As reported in The Waterloo Area Record – http://news.therecord.com/news/article/776392

Rise up for your rights! Human Rights Conference

Ready to fight for your rights? Click here for more information.

The Conservatives have been busy this summer – quashing the long form census, attacking employment equity, fueling reactionary mistrust of asylum-seekers and silencing their critics by de-funding civil society organizations and muzzling bureaucrats. We’ve been busy too, getting things ready to bring together activists from across the country to plan concrete strategies to stand up to the Conservative agenda. Register now to ensure your space at this important gathering! Can’t wait to get started? Here are a few things you can do right now:

Sign the Voices/Voix declaration: http://www.voices-voix.ca/

Save the Gun Registry: http://www.canadianlabour.ca/action-center/keep-our-communities-safe/take-action-email-call-fax

Campaign to keep the Mandatory Long-Form Census: http://savethecensus.ca

Join a Sisters in Spirit vigil in your community: http://www.nwac.ca/2010-sisters-spirit-vigils

Êtes-vous prêts à défendre vos droits?Vous pouvez vous inscrire en ligne dès maintenant

Les Conservateurs ont été occupés cet été… à tenter d’abolir le questionnaire de recensement détaillé, à porter atteinte à l’équité en matière d’emploi, à alimenter une méfiance réactionnaire à l’égard des demandeurs d’asile et à faire taire leurs détracteurs en privant de financement les organisations de la société civile et en muselant les bureaucrates. Nous aussi, nous avons été occupés… à nous préparer à rassembler des militantes et des militants du Canada entier pour établir des stratégies concrètes permettant de riposter au programme des Conservateurs.  Ne tardez pas à vous inscrire afin de pouvoir participer à cette importante conférence!

Vous avez hâte de passer à l’action? Voici quelques mesures que vous pouvez prendre dès à présent :

Signez la déclaration de la coalition Voices-Voix : http://www.voices-voix.ca/

Sauvez le registre des armes d’épaule : http://www.congresdutravail.ca/centre-daction/prenez-action-feu

Participez à la campagne visant à maintenir le questionnaire de recensement détaillé obligatoire : http://savethecensus.ca

Participez à une vigile des « Soeurs par l’esprit » dans votre communauté : http://www.nwac.ca/2010-sisters-spirit-vigils (en anglais seulement)