“If you want to do something for the world, early education is important,” said our October speaker. She made her case by pointing out that “Without a good start it’s hard to make up the deficits.” In her view pre-school education should start at age two. She cited a Conference Board of Canada study, released recently, that found there is a return on investment of six dollars for every dollar spent on early education.
After her talk, Margaret generously contributed her honorarium to UWCNY’s scholarship fund, which was much appreciated.
With thanks to our Club Archivist
RECAP Countering Exploitative Images of Children
Alyssa Blais spoke about hypersexualized images of young girls. This problem is worsening due to the increasingly widespread dissemination of sexual images on the Internet and social media. The unfortunate result is that girls are programmed to feel that their appearance is not good enough. The discussion after the speech concluded that it is primarily a family responsibility although schools can help too.
Our Walk a Mile in her Shoes team 2017
“We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.”
“Sisterhood is powerful.”
Rosemary Brown, politician, activist
The University Women’s Club of North York (UWCNY) envisions a world where all women and girls are safe, have equal opportunities and are empowered to reach their potential. UWCNY is a member of Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and Graduate Women International (GWI). There are over 100 clubs across Canada.
What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is an activity by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. In this perspective, advocacy is a key element of democracy as it secures the voice of the voiceless in political dialogues aimed at the common good.
Why do we do it?
- To promote gender equality
- To express views and concerns on policies related to girls and women’s rights
- To support actions and policies that protect girls and women’s rights
- To promote access to education for girls and women
- To bring changes that will positively transform the lives of girls and women around the world
How do we do it?
Advocacy is at the heart of UWCNY activities.
- Using our policies and resolutions to lobby the appropriate levels of government, whether municipal, provincial or federal to affect changes which will enhance the status of women and girls.
- Collaborating with community organizations.
- Raising money to provide scholarships for university and college education for girls and women.
- Participating at the CFUW, Ontario Council, Toronto Caucus by sending delegates and providing funding to these delegates.
- Reviewing and proposing Resolutions: The clubs submit, amend and vote on resolutions which, if agreed upon, become CFUW, GWI or OC policy respectively. The policies are developed into action plans for the clubs to act upon.
- Watching for emerging issues of interest that could have a big impact. For those issues where there is interest and resources, encourage interested members to study and assess to determine if we need to advocate.
Key areas where UWCNY advocate :
- Violence Against Women
- Indigenous Affairs
- Poverty, housing
- Early Learning and Child Care