CAW Women's Conference Focuses On Stopping Violence Against Women

August 30, 2009

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CAW Women's Conference Focuses On Stopping Violence Against Women
CAW Women's Conference Focuses On Stopping Violence Against Women
dated August 30 - September 2, 2009

Port Elgin, Ontario
August 30 - September 2, 2009

Port Elgin, Ontario
August 30 - September 2, 2009

Julie White
CAW Women's Director

       "The theme of the Women's Conference this year is ending violence against women. And the reason that we chose that theme is 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where 14 women were murdered simply because they were women and because they were feminist women. The first day we spent talking about the issue. Reminding people about the history of the Montreal Massacre. The second day of the campaign is to move women from issues to action. So we're talking about the political fight back that we'll be launching in the upcoming December 6th campaign. Encouraging women and delegates to go back into their communities."

Zeana Youssef

       "I'm glad the CAW is having this Conference. It's put a lot of the women here together, strengthening ourselves."

Khadija Ally
Pathways to Education Student

       "In our class activity were doing a timeline and it shows the women's struggle from all the way to 1800's to the present. And that's overwhelming seeing how women came from struggling."

Claudia Kirchner

       "It brings together a lot of ideas. A lot of times we think oh yea I never thought of it that way, a different perspective. And it just gives you hope, different ways of communicating with each other."

Maria Prentice
First Women's Conference

       "It's opened my eyes to what needs to be done."

Lana Payne
Pres. NFLD & Labrador Federation of Labour

       "This Women's Conference like all of them are incredibly important in that it gives women the tools they need to go back in their workplaces and their communities to take on whatever issue it is."

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "Let's expand the role of the union. Let's talk to the communities about the social commitment we have to society, the social commitment we have on our position on violence in the workplace. And the work that we've done in the last 25 years and the progress we've made. The objective here is to make people feel good about our work, encourage them to participate in our work, but reach out to the community because we can't do it alone."

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW President

       "The issue of violence against women is about power over women. It's about women's in-equality. And so what is that solution? The solution is about women gaining power. It's about women gaining leadership roles. It's about women being in legislatures and passing laws that are good for women. It's about our kid's education, it's about what we bargain at the bargaining table and it is about political decisions that get made. And I think every women needs to see herself as an advocate for change, as an advocate for women's equality."

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