Ottawa Council of Women

Women working together
to improve the lives of women,
their families and their communities

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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About Ottawa Council of Women (OCW)

Ottawa Council of Women is a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization with the object of bringing together groups of women, and of women and men, and individuals, to work towards improving the quality of life in our community. Our long history of community service has furthered the interests of women, the family, the community and the country while giving many women the experience, skills and personal confidence to enter public life.

From September to February, the Ottawa Council of Women holds monthly education/information meetings and events that are also open to the public. The Ottawa Council of Women is funded by annual membership fees.

OCW provides a wide democratic forum for members' policy concerns in many areas of public affairs, which can be addressed to appropriate levels of government through established grassroot Council policy. While each member organization, or Federates, retains its autonomy at all times, together our voices form a strong force to speak out about crucial local social justice issues.

The Ottawa Council of Women is federated with the Provincial Council of Women Ontario (PCWO), and the National Council of Women Canada (NCWC), as well as the International Council of Women through the NCWC. The Ottawa Council of Women was founded in 1894 by Lady Ishbel Aberdeen, wife of the Governor General, together with the church women of Ottawa's main stream denominations, and secular charitable and civic groups. Jewish women's groups were also early members of the Council.
   
2015 /17 Theme Safety and Security of Persons

Our 2015 local focus of policy study, policy education and advocacy will be in the areas of
  • safe and secure shelter, public housing of all types
  • bodily and legal safety and security of the person (not present in cases of VAW, family violence: spousal abuse, abuse of children and youth and elder abuse)
  • Safety and security of health care for all, but particularly for the elderly and otherwise vulnerable (health & home care, continuous care etc)
  • Safe and secure nutrition for all
  • Safety and security status of the Ottawa First Nations’ population
   
Mission & Object
According to Constitution & By-Laws
To bring together groups of women, and of women and men, and individuals, to work towards improving the quality of life in our community through:
  • providing information to Council members and the general public on current issues;
  • co-operating with other federates and like-minded associations in developing and advancing common policies and objectives;
  • recommending and working toward change, where need is seen, in the policies, By-laws, regulations, and administrative processes of our local governments;
  • developing and submitting resolutions to the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC ) and the Provincial Council of Women of Ontario (PCWO) on issues important to the members; and
  • initiating letters on issues of concern to members, to the federal or provincial governments, by drafting and submitting letters to PCWO or NCWC, based on existing policy, with a request that the letters be forwarded to the appropriate government.
   
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