2018 OCW AGM & Dinner, Tue Apr 24/18

2018 Ottawa Council of Women Annual General Meeting & Dinner – Tuesday, April 24, 2018
At Governor’s Walk Retirement Residence
150 Stanley Avenue, New Edinburgh

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5:30 p.m Registration
6:00 p.m. AGM Meeting
7:15 p.m. Dinner

Dinner Tickets: $ 30.00 per person (register before April 18) Cash Bar As many members of an organization or agency (Federates) as want to attend are warmly invited.

The presidents or designated representatives of member organizations (Federates), are kindly requested to share highlights and challenges of their organization’s 2017 work with a short oral report (not to exceed 2 minutes) – For inclusion in the OCW Annual report, please e-mail an electronic version of your report to Sheila Perry at President@ottawacw.ca

ACORN Members fighting for affordable child care, Thu Apr 12/18

ACORN Members across Ontario are fighting for affordable child care! The average cost of childcare in our province is $1200/ month. These are the highest fees in the entire country. Meanwhile, there are thousands of low income families on the waiting list for subsidy. Help us bring the fight for affordable child care to Ottawa!

Join ACORN members and allies at our next campaign planning meeting!

When: Thursday, April 12th @6 pm

Where: Heron Road Community Centre (1480 Heron Rd).

Learn more about the campaign here: https://acorncanada.org/tags/childcare

Please RSVP by e-mailing ottawafo4@acorncanada.org or calling 613-746-5999 ext.2

Multifaith Housing Initiative Tulipathon – Sun May 27/18

 Save the date:

Tulipathon 2018 (like Spring) is just around the corner! Please note that this year the event date (Sun., May 27) is later than usual.

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This year we will be unveiling our new integrated online donation system for Tulipathon. We will update you in the coming weeks about how you can fundraise online!

2017 OCW letter re Ottawa City Council Gender Equity

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Dear Mayor Watson and City Councillors,

Attached, please find correspondence and information for you to consider when discussing “Gender Equity Lens in Ottawa”.
             Ottawa Council of Women – Advocating for a Gender Equity Lens in Ottawa
The Ottawa Council of Women (OCW) has a proud history dating from 1894. It is federated with the Provincial Council of Women of Ontario, the National Council of Women of Canada and with The International Council of Women. OCW is non-governmental and non-partisan. Our mission is to bring together like minded organizations and individuals, to study emerging issues and to prepare resolutions aimed at improving the condition of women, families and communities. We advocate on policy that is established democratically. Issues include gender equality, equal pay, health, child care, education, safety, civic affairs and social services.

From the early suffragettes to the activists of today, feminists continue to inspire others through their determination to make a difference. They are the activists, advocates, and allies who continue to lead the way towards positive change.

Local governments and organizations can make a difference by providing leadership and programs. Research shows that local and national women’s organizations are uniquely positioned to understand the needs of those that they serve and support. This leads to building better public policy and improving the lives of women.

Recent Research: “The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2017 -The Gender Gap in Canada’s 25 Biggest Cities” by Kate McInturff , Ph.D , Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.(October, 2017) www.policyalternatives.ca.
Ottawa ranks 11 out of 25 cities across Canada. Victoria ranks #1 and Gatineau ranks #2

Gatineau: Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie launched Défi Parité. Five regional partner organizations collaborate to encourage participation of women in municipal politics in the Outaouais region. (agir-outaouais.ca)

Ottawa has an opportunity to become a better city for all. Utilizing a gender equity lens for all policy and program decision making is key. Goals and targets should be SMART – Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time sensitive.
We respectfully ask City Council to consider this request.

Yours truly,
Sheila J. Perry,
President,
Ottawa Council of Women
president@ottawacw.ca
www.ottawacw.ca

2018 Provincial Council of Women of Ontario (PCWO) Newsletter Report

Last month, the Ottawa Council of Women asked you to study and amend, approve or reject a great number of Provincial and National resolutions. These resolutions, once adopted become the basis for letters and briefs to the respective governments.

The Provincial Council of Women of Ontario (PCWO) Newsletter Report illustrates the PCWO Semi-Annual Meeting, when the PCWO Annual Brief is presented to the Ontario Government, Opposition Critics and all sitting MPPs. In 2018, the Provincial Council of Women of Ontario celebrates its 95th anniversary, and at the Semi-Annual Meeting on November 27, 2018, the Provincial Council will present its 95th Annual Brief to the Ontario Government, and we are all waiting to see of course, who that government will be.

Please also note the Ottawa Equal Pay Day Event on April 10 at St Paul’s University.