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Advocacy

CFUW member women rally around issues of national, provincial and local importance and demonstrate the potential impact for communities across the country.  Our network of volunteers works to identify issues, share knowledge with members and supporters and advocate on behalf of the CFUW’s vision and mission.  Resolutions that are national or international in scope are approved at the AGM by the membership following the resolutions process become CFUW policy.  Adopted resolutions form the framework for action and advocacy.

Resolutions for CFUW AGM 2012

Resolutions for 2012

 

RESOLUTION 1.  Retention of Women in Skilled Trades and Non-Traditional Occupations

Proposed by CFUW Barrie & District

 

RESOLVED, that the Canadian Federation of University Women urge the Government of Canada and provincial and territorial authorities concerned with education, employment, and skills development to work with business and labour to address the underrepresentation and lack of retention of women in skilled trades and non-traditional occupations by adopting strategies to create a workplace culture that is inclusive of women and prevents stereotypical barriers to women’s successful entry and advancement.

 

RESOLUTION 2. The Inclusion of Women and Gender Sensitive Approaches in Efforts to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

Proposed by CFUW

 

That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge:

i.       the Government of Canada to provide assistance to less developed countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change, ensuring that women are included and gender sensitive approaches are taken in all stages of decision-making and action nationally and internationally;

ii.         federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and aboriginal governments in Canada to address the impacts of climate change on people and, using gender sensitive approaches and paying particular attention to women and other vulnerable populations, assist individuals and communities to mitigate and adapt to its effects.

 

RESOLUTION 3. MORATORIUM ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINE DEVELOPMENTS

Proposed by CFUW Kincardine

 

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), strongly urges all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal, territorial) to institute a moratorium on the construction of industrial wind turbine developments until such time that evidence-based, impartial, scientific research studies have identified issues relating to site placement, economic efficiencies and potential effects on human health and the environment resulting in the development of national, uniform standards and regulations.

 

RESOLUTION 4.  TOWARD A MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY FOR CANADA

Proposed by CFUW Oakville

 

Resolved, that the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Government of Canada, in collaboration with its Provincial, Territorial and Aboriginal governing bodies, to create and implement a strategy that promotes mental health, helps to prevent mental illness and/or addiction, and cares for those suffering from mental illness and/or addiction.

 

 

Resolved that the CFUW urge the Government of Canada to ensure that its mental health strategy includes, but is not limited to:

      Programs that promote mental health

.       Support for research into the causes and triggers of mental illness and/or addiction

      Education and training of mental health workers

      Provision of age-appropriate early diagnosis and evidence-based treatment

      Facilitation of the recovery of patients and their inclusion in the community

      Regular reporting to Canadians on: strategy outcomes and effectiveness; financial

accountability; and progress toward a sustainable mental health care system.

 

 

RESOLUTION 5.  FULL ACCESSIBILITY AND BARRIER-FREE ENVIRONMENTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Proposed by CFUW-Ottawa

 

RESOLVED, that the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to meet Canada’s commitments as a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Physically Disabled (CRPD) by:

i)                    establishing and meeting national standards to promote, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities; and

ii)                  adopting and enforcing regulations to ensure that all persons with disabilities can participate in society to the fullest possible extent and enjoy full equality under the law; and

 

RESOLUTION 6. ENSURING FOOD SECURITY IN CANADA

Proposed by CFUW Richmond

 

RESOLVED, that the Canadian Federation of University Women urge the federal government, in consultation with provincial, aboriginal, territorial and municipal governments,

1.      to create a comprehensive, coordinated national food security policy, with a dedicated budget, to ensure an affordable, accessible, nutritious and sustainable food supply for all;

2.      to adopt complementary legislation that preserves agricultural land for food production;

3.         to develop urban and rural food production opportunities, and in particular, to encourage new farmers, by identifying public land suitable for agriculture, ensuring access to credit for land and equipment purchase, providing educational support, and facilitating infrastructure investment.

 

 

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