Woman To Woman Campaign To Go National

Toronto, Ontario

March 8, 2004


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Woman To Woman Campaign To Go National
Woman To Woman Campaign To Go National
dated March 8, 2004

Toronto, Ontario
March 6, 2004
       Women across Canada marched and gathered over the weekend to mark International Women's Day. They were there not only to celebrate women's achievements but also to be challenged by people, such as CAW Women's Director Julie White, to get politically involved in the up coming federal election.

Julie White
CAW Women's Director

       "We're really focusing on electoral politics and really getting women involved in the political process, and engaging them in the political process to really make informed choices around election day. So when we talk about women in the union our focus is "Women, Power and Politics". We're moving women through, whether it is electoral politics or whether it is moving women to the bargaining table."

       A number of women's shelters were given grants from the CAW, but White cautioned that this was only a stop gap measure.

Julie White
CAW Women's Director

       "So although we are giving $90,000, it's a very small amount, to women's shelters across this country, the important thing that we have to recognize as women is that we have to step up our efforts to lobby the government, and really put political pressure on them to support women's programs across this country, and not just with a day of action."

       Peggy Nash, assistant to CAW national president Buzz Hargrove, congratulated the women present for their involvement in the Woman to Woman" campaign, which played a key role in the last Ontario election.



  Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW national president

       "And I think what happened in the last Ontario election, quite frankly, is that women voted to get those Tories out, to see the door hit them on the backside and we should be congratulated for that, we did it."

       Spurred on by CAW and NDP activists, Nash ran for and won the NDP nomination for the Parkdale-High Park riding in Toronto. Nash said women's and workers' issues will be her main focus, particularly the fight for a national child care program.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW national president

       "The Liberal government promised us in 1993, but they still have not delivered on a national child care program and that is my number one priority. I want to fight in the House of Commons, representing our members and my riding, to fight for a national child care program."

       While Nash gears up for an NDP campaign, the CAW is preparing to launch a national version of the Woman to Woman campaign to bring women's issues into the spot light in the up-coming federal election.



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