CAW Challenges Women to Become Politically Involved

March 7, 2009


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CAW Challenges Women to Become Politically Involved
CAW Challenges Women to Become Politically Involved
dated March 7, 2009


London, Ontario
March 7, 2009

       CAW women's advocates, leaders and members celebrated International Women's Day at events across Canada. In London they were challenged to be more politically active. Speaking to the International Women's Day "Celebrating Our Sisters" luncheon in London March 7th, Peggy Nash, Assistant to the CAW National President, urged women to get involved in the fight to protect women in this economic downturn.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW President

       "I would argue that the first step is when you leave here is to talk to other women. You can't fix the global financial economy all in one fell swoop but boy we sure know how to connect with other women. And start local. And I think that there are lots of issues that we can sink our teeth into. We can support other women. We can support women's organizations. And our strength is when we get together and use our voices and demand change -it is amazing the force that women can create."

       Dr. Belinda Leach of the University of Guelph's Rural Women Making Change program urged women to demand the government look at how the economic crisis is impacting them

Dr. Belinda Leach
University of Guelph

       "International Women's Day is an occasion to celebrate women's accomplishments but also to recognize that we have a long way to go. One of the things that we need to do is we need a gender analysis of this current economic crisis. And outside of the labour movement I don't see that being called for very often."

       Julie White CAW Director of Women's Programs said the government has only paid lip service to ending violence against women.

Julie White
CAW Director of Women's Programming

       "We can't make changes to ending violence against women if we don't have a national childcare program; if we don't have affordable housing for women; if we don't have pay equity legislation and things like increases in the minimum wage. So again today this year we are mourning again more than 60 who were murdered by their partners and our government's response twenty years ago was to declare December the 6th and national day of commemoration to end violence against women and do absolutely nothing to make that happen."

       White is working with the Canadian Labour Congress in preparing for the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

Julie White
CAW Director of Women's Programming

       "I talk about labour women working with our community partners to really make a co-ordinated response on December 6th, 2009 to send a loud clear message to this government that women's organizations, women's shelters shouldn't be depending on fund raising to provide women with a safe place to live. So, although the $100,000 that our union donates will help it is just a band-aid solution what we need to do as women, and men in this union, in this country are to fight for those issues that we talked about so much today."

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