Woman To Woman Campaign Workshop

New Westminster, British Columbia

May 17, 2004


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Woman To Woman Campaign Workshop
Woman To Woman Campaign Workshop
dated May 17, 2004

New Westminster, British Columbia
May 8, 2004

       As Canada's political leaders and members of parliament get ready for the pending federal election, on May 8, 2004 women from the CAW and other unions and women's groups attended a Woman to Woman campaign training session in New Westminister, B.C.
       Ann Davidson, CAW area director for Alberta and B.C. said the Woman-to-Woman campaign will put women's issue on the front burner of every party's election campaign.

Anne Davidson
CAW Area Director BC & Alberta

       "We're concerned that women feel powerless and don't get out and exercise their right to vote and we hope by focusing on these issues, and telling them that their vote does count, that these issues are important and that the only way that these issues will get on the agenda is if women get out and demand that politicians pay attention to them and hold them accountable."

       Based on the success of the Woman-to-Woman campaign in the last Ontario provincial election, which saw the defeat of the right wing Tory government, the national campaign is a non-partisan appeal to women voters to demand change according to Davidson.

Anne Davidson
CAW Area Director BC & Alberta

       "We are asking women to go and challenge the candidates from all parties to ask them where they stand on these issues. And we are asking women to make their own decisions, to listen to the answers, to look at each party and where they stand on these issues and then make their own decision, about whom they are going to vote for. But what we want to do is make sure that women get out to vote."

       The activist attending the training session explored the numerous issues confronting women today and shared their experiences to develop better ways of communicating with other women. Mable Elmore of CAW local 111 said the campaign is a one on one approach.

Mable Elmore
CAW Local 111

       "We'll be talking to women and also encouraging them to talk to at least three other of their friends and families to make the effort to get out and vote. We'll be going into our work places, talking to our co-workers, we'll be going to the community, linking up with community groups as well as attending public functions, going out to shopping malls and leafleting, engaging women in conversations and really try and encourage women to vote in the election."

       The Woman to Woman campaign is not just about the federal election. Elmore says the campaign will also build a nation wide coalition of groups and individuals committed to advancing women's issues.

Mable Elmore
CAW Local 111

       "Women have played a key role in our history to bring women's issues onto the political agenda so our efforts today are continuing that fight and that struggle and we're also going to be looking to the future to improve the situation for daughters and for generations to come. So it really is an on going project and it is something we will be carrying into the future."

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