News and Announcements
World Day Against the Trafficking in Persons
When we can go busily about our lives enjoying the supportive friendship of family and friends and the freedom to act, we can hardly comprehend the loss of all this and the extreme despair, pain, and horror present in the lives of trafficked persons. In March 2017, on the occasion of the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women, thoughtful sessions were presented by victims and those working to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking. CFUW members joined women around the world in learning more about those situations and exploring ways to end this abuse. Many other situations of human trafficking have been exposed locally, nationally, and internationally largely through the media and the efforts of human rights advocates. We are horrified; we must act!
The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons draws the attention of the world to focus on human trafficking including sexualized human trafficking and to realize that ending this scourge requires the full cooperation of governments at all levels, concerned organizations, and the general public both women and men. Let’s work together to eradicate underlying causes of human trafficking, to challenge the perpetrators, and to create positive change for the victims and their families so that they too may walk in freedom.
Find the joint CFUW and GWI Press Release here and a thought document on the impacts of human trafficking on women and girls prepared by the CFUW International Relations committee and partners here.
CFUW Joins Canadian Civil Society Organizations in Calling for Access to Information Law Reform
The Canadian Federation of University Women joined over 50 Canadian civil society organisations and citizens sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on April 4t, asking him to renew the commitment of his government to reform Canada’s woefully outdated Access to Information Act. Notwithstanding strong pledges to amend the Act during the election campaign and afterwards, including in its 2016-2018 Open Government Partnership (OGP) action plan, the government announced two weeks ago that it was delaying the promised reforms. The letter calls on the government to make a clear and formal commitment to move forward with the reform process and to pass amendments at the very latest by the end of 2018. You can read the statement here.
CFUW submits Pre-Budget Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance
On August 4, 2017, CFUW submitted their pre-budget brief to the Standing Committee on Finance containing recommendations for consideration during the preparation of the 2018 federal budget to prioritize spending and establish policy priorities for the 42nd parliament. Click here to read the submission.