National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) Tereasa Golka & Angela Plunz
History• Founded in 1893, the National Council of Women of Canada is an non- governmental organization (NGO) incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1914• Since 1893 NCWC has been working to improve the lives of women, children and communities in Canada• The organization was given national First President, Lady Aberdeen, and early historic significance status on April 30th, members of NCWC at Rideau Hall 2001 by the Government of Canada.
Purpose of Program Vision Statement"A vibrant, pro-active, credible Council of Women reflecting the diversity of society, encouraging informed political decision making and public attitudes for the well being of society, through research, education, consultation and cooperation.”
Mission Statement"To empower all women to work together towards improving the quality of life for women, families, and society through a forum of member organizations and individuals."
Philosophy of the Program: CombinationProgressive, Radical/Critical- Progressive - personal and societal improvement - evolution towards better conditions - respects freedom of individuals to be true to their own convictions and commitments- Radical/critical - assisting those with less societal power - empowering minority groupsNCWCs philosophy is to encourage and empower women through education to speak on political issues and be included in the political process(Week 7 notes)
Changing Philosophies Womens issues have changed. NCWC has responded as women have evolved in their roles as Canadians Early Issues of Concern Include (but are not limited to) • Public health • Safe water supply • Pasteurized milk • Medical inspection in schools • Women being recognized as persons More Recent Issues of Concern • Equal pay for equal work • Political participation • Immigrant support • Mental health issues • Violence against women
Social/Political/Economic Context Prior to the establishment of the NCWC in 1893, concerned women gathered together to focus on improving the lives of 3 specific groups: – female prisoner – female factory workers – female immigrants NCWC’s interest of support was indication of the political, social and economic context that existed at that time Women had limited power and access to education or choices – Until 1929, women in Canada were not considered legal persons
Political Involvement: PastAdvancement of women through the changing of governmental policies• Support of Womens Basic Human Rights• Human Rights Act - Discrimination• Famous 5: Persons Case (1929) • Emily Murphy , Henrietta Muir Edwards , Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, and Nellie McClung
Political Involvement: Present • Delegation of 4 NCWC members to attend the UN Meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (New York: March, 2013) • The commission was focused on violence against women and children and solutions to this epidemic global issue Assembly of delegates at the 2013 UN Meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women
Main Features of ProgramFocus on improving the lives of women and children in Canada• researching and reporting on developing issues in an annual brief to government• adopting policies to further the right of women and children • pornography prevention, workplace childcare, disarmament• Official recommendations to influence government policy • womens equality, public health reforms, citizenship work and, gender equality in the judicial systemBroad scope on education and pro-active engagement they continue to be leading edge in addressing issues facing women and children.
Importance of ProgramNCWC • Gives women a voice, bringing attention to the issues and concerns of women at various times in history • Ensures accountability to government to consider the effects of policy on women and children • Continues to evolve to meet the changes of a modern society and the emerging roles and contributions made by women
For Discussion NCWC has been instrumental in bringing attention to many issues affecting women. Q: What specific issue do you see as having the most impact on women in education today? What is your personal experience? Do you think the NCWC and similar organizations are instrumental in bringing about change in adult education?
References Thank you!Commission on the Status of Women, 2013. (n.d.). Commission on the Status of Women, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013, from http://csw57.blogspot.ca/Depression | Canadian Mental Health Association. (n.d.). Canadian Mental Health Association | Mental Health for All. Retrieved March 18, 2013, from http://www.cmha.ca/mental-health/understanding-mental- illness/depression/ Tereasa Gulka & AngelaMichael Landsberg Talks About Depression - YouTube. (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved March 18, 2013, from http://youtu.be/toN_NB3mUmc PlunzNational Council of Women. (n.d.). Wikipedia. Retrieved March 17, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Council_of_Women_of_CanadaThe NCWC. (n.d.). FaceBook. Retrieved March 17, 2013, from https://www.facebook.com/thencwc?fref=ts