Speakers Series & Standing Committees’ Workshops

 CFUW Ontario Council

Speaker Series & Standing Committees’ Workshops

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Z9

November 24, 2018
:00 AM – 3:30 pm

Registration closes on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Dietary Restrictions must also be received by this date


Registration Desk is open from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Meeting begins promptly at 10:00 AM

2018 – 2019 Theme – “Women Helping Women”

Morning Plenary:

Guest Speaker: Rosemary Ganley, Peterborough ON, lifelong feminist activist, writer and educator.

Topic: “Participation with the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency”

In January 2018, Rosemary Ganley was appointed to the Gender Equality Advisory Council, a Canada-initiated committee of 18 internationally- active feminist women and one man, set up by the Prime Minister to examine the status of women and girls worldwide and issue a call to action to the G7 leaders. The Council met virtually and twice in person to draft the 48 page report entitled: Making Gender Inequality History. Despite the non-participation in the deliberations by one G7 country, much was accomplished by the G7 leaders, including $300 million for the education of girls and women in the global south.  Still, more needs to be done, including an assessment of our country’s needs and the needs and strengths of women and girls worldwide.  For more information look at the 2017 UN Global Gender Gap Report.

Rosemary will report about her involvement and the yearlong work on the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency in Charlevoix, PQ, in June 2018. Read more>>

Afternoon Workshops

Education and Status of Women and Human Rights: Kathleen Clarke will speak about Restorative Justice. Read more>>

Legislation: Dionne Pohler and Kourtney Koebel will speak on the next steps following the recent cancellation of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot.

Ontario Council Standing Committees in Legislation, Education, and Status of Women and Human Rights were developed to keep members aware of current issues in Ontario. The Committees meet three times a year – in September, November, and March in downtown Toronto – for a day of speakers, workshops, discussion, and networking with other CFUW members and guests. All Club members are invited and are encouraged to bring friends, whether or not they are members, to enjoy these days of discussion and learning.


Reports from morning Plenaries have been archived in DropBox. Clicking HERE will open a new tab, where all reports can be viewed or downloaded.