OTTAWA, APRIL 28, 2011 – The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is urging the next federal government to restore policies and programs that support citizenship and community building for Canadian women. The potential contributions of women to the social and economic fabric of Canada have been greatly diminished by the loss of funding from the federal government to over 30 women’s organizations. This list includes such entities as the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) which conducted crucial legal research related to the need for gender equity in Canada; the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women whose mandate is to facilitate the development of solutions for issues that face immigrant women and their families.; the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity which works to advance pay equity legislation in the public and private sectors.
The cancellation of the mandatory long form census and the removal of question 33 pertaining to unpaid activities with the household, seniors and children means that Canadian policymakers and the Canadian public are losing valuable knowledge about how Canadian society evolves and what policy changes need to be made.
The challenges to reproductive rights, continued inequitable employment policies, a lack of publicly funded daycare, and an ongoing lack of attention to Indigenous women’s issues are hampering the ability of Canadian women to fully engage in society.
Canadian women’s citizenship has been eroded through the closure of 12 Status of Women offices and amendments to the Status of Women mandate that eliminate the funding of organizations conducting research and acting as advocates on public policy issues. In other words, gender has been erased from the public policy agenda.
“Canadian women have not yet been given rights to full citizenship. You can’t play politics with women’s lives” said Brenda Wallace, CFUW National President.
OTTAWA, APRIL 21, 2011 – Establishing a national child care system makes financial sense says the Canadian Federation of University Women. Research conducted for the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council has shown that child care grows the economy: every dollar invested in high quality child care programs increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $2.30 which outshines the stimuli generated by the construction and manufacturing sectors. A national system creates jobs: investing $1 million in the child care sector generates almost 40 jobs- four times the number of jobs generated by spending $1 million in construction activity. A public system pays for itself: more than 90% of the cost of hiring child care workers returns to governments as increased revenue and the federal government would gain the most. Over the long term, every public dollar invested in quality child care programs returns $2.54 in benefits to society.
A national program would reduce families’ child care costs so that they have funds to meet other pressing needs. Paying for child care is frequently the second highest cost of raising children, next to housing.
There are additional indirect financial benefits resulting from the introduction of a national publicly funded child care structure. Such a regulated system will provide the foundations for healthy childhood development and strengthen the base for lifelong learning. Moreover, it will enhance the ability of women to be able to participate in the work force or go to school to improve their situation. More than 70% of mothers with children ages 0 -5 are in the paid labour force. There are regulated child care spaces for only about 20% of these children. Many working mothers without access to regulated care or a close relative must fall back on unregulated arrangements of unknown quality and safety.
“The next federal government must connect the dots and realize that a national child care plan makes sound economic sense for Canada” said Brenda Wallace, National President of CFUW.
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OTTAWA, April 20, 2011 – The Canadian Federation of University Women(CFUW) believes that gun control is an important measure to help prevent public violence and in particular, violence against women. Most firearm-related deaths in Canada are caused by rifles or shotguns. These are the guns most used in domestic violence.
The Gun Registry has helped reduce this type of domestic violence and spousal homicide. The number of women murdered with firearms has decreased by 70% since controls on all firearms were first introduced. Women’s groups and front line shelter workers maintain that the interests of all women, rural and urban, are not being served by abolishing the gun registry.
While it has been estimated that the cost to abolish the long gun registry would save between $1.5 and $4 million per year, these costs are dwarfed by those monies incurred as a result of firearm death and injury (estimated at $6.6 billion per year in 1995).
“It would be a backwards step to collapse the gun registry. In fact, we need to be working towards a national strategy that ends violence against women.” said Brenda Wallace, National President of CFUW.
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Founded in 1919, CFUW is a non-partisan, equality-seeking, self-funded organization of close to 10,000 women graduates and students in 112 Clubs across Canada. For more information, see http://www.cfuw.org
The Right to Speak, The Responsibility to Act Le droit de parole – le devoir d”agir
CFUW is supporting CARE Canada’s Zambia Country Office for the CFUW International Women’s Day Project 2011.
It’s not too late to support this project! Donations can be received until June 2011—so you still have time to raise funds and make a difference for women and girls in Zambia!
Thank you for your continued support of CARE’s cause.
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As Canada gears up for the 41st Federal Election, CFUW has prepared a toolkit with information and resources to help you vote for women’s equality. Fact sheets from our partner organizations, ideas for creative campaigns, and ways you can get involved and put women’s issues on the map are all included. To see the toolkit, check out our new Elections 2011 webage.