CUUWA Council sent the premier of New Brunswick a letter protesting the shutdown of the Morgentaler clinic. See Issues…Reproductive Justice
Ottawa: Apart from electing its first female Premier, Ontarians achieved something else in last Thursday’s provincial election in Ontario. The Ontario legislature will now rank second in the country for its representation of women at a provincial level after electing a historic high of 35.5 percent women.
This percentage is only second to British Columbia which leads the country for women’s representation at just over 36 percent.
Rev. Kathy Sage provided a copy of Invisible Influence: Claiming Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s History – that she coauthored, for people to browse. The book can be ordered with this form Invisible Influence- order form 2014
Here’s a confession. I have lived most of my adult life riddled with self-doubt. Sometimes, I felt barely adequate. My inner critic never shut up.
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One initiative that has captured the imagination of many Unitarians is the request to develop a woman-centred service in early March. Last year CUUWA reported 6 such services scattered across the country. This year we met a goal of doubling the participating numbers of Congregations and Fellowships. We know of 12 services in March that had woman-centred content but we don’t know many of the details! Therefore, I’m summarizing what we do know with the hope that others might let us know of their special program.
“When women hold hands, all things are possible”
At the last AGM, the CUUWA questioned if there was a possibility of linking the Lunapad’s Afripad program with Child Haven. It turns out Child Haven is producing low-cost sanitary napkins. Read on!
CUUWA Child Haven’s MVP Program for Women, located in a low-income area in Ghaziabad, is fully funded by Child Haven. It has trained some 8,000 women in tailoring over the last 10 years. These women then make and repair clothes for their families, or find employment doing tailoring for others. They come for 6 months and learn on the center’s 22 machines, some hand-cranked and some foot-treadle powered.
A year ago or so, Child Haven purchased equipment to make low-cost sanitary napkins, which the center is also now producing. Six women are trained to produce the pads, and 5 are doing the marketing. The pads are much less costly than those found in the market making them accessible to more women. The project has also offered family planning training to some 50,000 women including a focus on the value of girl children, asthe poster from their wall above shows.
Rajni, the founding coordinator of the project, found, when she first moved to the area, it had very poor services, schools water and other basic needs. So she started a women’s group to work on solving these problems. She and Bonnie Cappucino went to government officials together, helped women get ID cards and the like and she discovered the joy of working with and helping others;
“I can make money anywhere but this work gives tremendous satisfaction, Ranji says.
(Excerpted from the Child Haven Newsletter) www.childhaven.ca
The Government of Canada is committing resources to historical
commemorations. This started with the War of 1812 and it will peak for
Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.
Women’s Groups are urging the Government to adequately and appropriately include
women and other historically under-represented groups, both in what
the Government and its agencies do, and what the Government funds
others to do.
Canada150.gc.ca http://canada150.gc.ca/ is an on-line consultation
about what Canadians would like to celebrate in 2017. Please consider
circulating this list as widely as possible in your women’s networks
and community organization networks to support the participation of
women and girls.
The Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly
Glover, is also conducting roundtable community discussions.
Commemoration-related projects can be made by groups that qualify for
the following funding programmes:
·Canada Periodical Fund http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1268240166828 ;
·Canada Book Fund http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1268182505843 ;
·Museums Assistance Program http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1268597502197 ;
·Virtual Museums of Canada Investment Programs
http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267542358751 ; and,
·Exchanges Canada http://www.exchanges.gc.ca/ .
There is also a new recognition programme, Government of Canada
History Awards http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1370628938411 , which will be
administered by Canada’s History Magazine. It will honour students and
teachers who demonstrate excellence in exploring and teaching Canadian
The CUUWA invites all CUC Congregations and Fellowships to dedicate all or part of their March 9 service (or one close to International Women’s Day). Superb ideas available.
An unmistakable gender gap in political knowledge seems to be a global phenomenon. Read this article.