Status of Women Standing Committee

Chair: Anne Cordon

The Ontario Council Status of Women and Human Rights Committee seeks to assist local members in bringing forth discussion and activism in their Clubs and communities by focusing on the many issues and concerns of women across the province. The three meetings held throughout the year provide Ontario members with the opportunity to speak with a collective voice for the current concerns of women and an opportunity to learn more about the issues of the day.

Committee Reports

March 25, 2017

TOPIC: United Nations Commission of the Status of Women (UNCSW):  61st Session:  Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work: Impressions, Influence, Importance

SPEAKERS:  Teri Shaw, Ontario Council Advocacy Co-Coordinator, Sandy Thomson, Ontario Council President, Kathryn Wilkinson, Vice-President, Education, CFUW National, Dr. Sharon Crabb, Vice-President, Advocacy, CFUW National

The plan for this afternoon was to tap into our own experts to find out directly what is happening at the UN Commission of the Status of Women. Teri, Sandy, Kathryn, and Sharon had just returned from New York City where they were part of our 20 person CFUW delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place from March 13-24, 2017. The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. What a fantastic opportunity to hear from our delegates what is happening and we were not disappointed: such talent, inspiration, and passion!! Sandy attended this year for the first time, so her observations were as a neophyte while the others had been to several and were becoming veterans on how to make the most of the events and how to make connections. Read the full report >>

January 21, 2017

Closing the Gender Wage Gap
Speaker: Jan Borowy, Equal Pay Coalition and  Doris Mae Oulton, Past President, CFUW for Linda Davis, Ontario Government’s Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee

Closing the Gender Wage Gap (GWG) was selected as the theme to kick start our journey of learning and advocacy for 2017. The gap remains high, at approximately 30 %. Equal Pay Day this year is April 19, symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned last year. What drives this gap? What can be done?

Setting the Stage
This write-up will only include highlights selected to inform and guide our work. Our speakers offered helpful information and advice. It is recommended that you check the CFUW Ontario Council website to consult the resources provided on this topic, including speaker presentations plus the handout Gender Wage Gap in Ontario Backgrounder that lists the recommendations of both the Gender Wage Gap (GWG) Strategy Steering Committee and the Equal Pay Coalition (EPC).


September 24, 2016

Topic: Current status of women’s safety from gender-based violence and harassment on post-secondary campuses & society with suggestions for future action (morning & afternoon)

Speaker: Professor Joan Simalchik, University of Toronto Mississauga
Violence and harassment towards women continue despite huge attempts in the 20th & 21st century to rid our society of these behaviours and attitudes. We continue to live in a patriarchal society where women are seen as the “others”.  Professor Simalchik quoted Gloria Steinem who said when asked whether she has seen any changes in actions and attitudes that the term domestic violence is new, previously gender-based harassment and violence were called “life”. Read the full report >>


Reports from previous years have been archived in DropBox. Clicking on the link will open a new tab to the Status of Women Folder, where all reports can be viewed or downloaded. Read Archived Reports >>