One of the aims of CFUW is to improve the status of women and promote human rights and it does so primarily through advocacy. Clubs are encouraged to research and propose resolutions on issues of national importance to CFUW National annually. Resolutions may be in areas concerning the environment, health, equality or social justice. These resolutions are then sent to clubs for review.
The Advocacy Committee of Markham CFUW, invites our members to join them at a meeting, usually in April, to review and discuss these resolutions. Clubs submit their amended resolutions to CFUW National where they are subsequently approved by Club delegates at the Ontario Council AGM in May or CFUW AGM in June. Once approved, clubs may petition their federal (MP), provincial (MPP) and municipal governments to advance the CFUW agenda.
Resolutions for 2021 include initiatives regarding single use plastics, right to repair large household appliances, the opioid crisis, the post pandemic recovery of women in Canada, and human trafficking. Details are given in the links below.
Action on Resolutions
In the fall and winter of 2021-22, we selected three resolutions for further action by writing to politicians at the federal, provincial and municipal level. The topics were single use plastics and plastic packaging, Canada’s opioid crisis, and post pandemic recovery for women in Canada and abroad. To see samples of our letters and responses click here.
Our committee is very proud to have initiated a resolution which was passed at the 2020 CFUW AGM and is now in the the Policy Book at CFUW National. The resolution was on application of the term “medically necessary care” when applying federal transfer payments to our provinces and territories. This work may be viewed here.