2nd Speakers Series for 2023-2024

CFUW Ontario Council Women Helping Women

Saturday November 25, 2023

10 a.m to 12:00 p.m. on ZOOM


Ontario’s Unacknowledged Epidemic &

Its Impact on Women and Children

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Erin Lee from Interval House (Carleton Place) and the impetus behind Lanark County being the first in Ontario to declare intimate partner violence (IPV) an epidemic (following the Culleton, Kuzyk & Warmerdam (CKW) Inquest report and recommendations) and Pam Cross, Advocacy Director, Luke’s Place will be members of the panel.  They will be presenting statistics on IPV in Ontario, discussing the social and legal issues of this scourge and addressing the impact of the CKW and Mass Casualty reports. 

This session will be chaired by Sandra Shaw, OC Chair, Advocacy.

Fortuitously, the date for this event, November 25th, is also the first of the Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  In addition to bringing IPV as an epidemic in Ontario (and elsewhere) to the attention of our members, we have chosen this day for the launch of the Ontario Council IPV as An Epidemic Toolkit. Click here for a copy of the toolkit.

Erin Lee was a member of the EVA inquest working group after the triple femicide in Renfrew and offered testimony related to rural realities as a neighbouring county. She has been a recipient of the Ministry of the Attorney General, Award of Distinction, and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario award for social change. Most recently, Lanark County Interval House in conjunction with the OPP and community, received the OPP Accolade Award for the development of the Victim Advocate Program.


Pamela Cross is a feminist lawyer and a respected expert on violence against women and the law. Pam is the Advocacy Director at Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre in Durham. In March 2022, Pam participated in the Inquest into the 2015 triple femicide in Renfrew County, both as an expert witness in her role as Luke’s Place Legal Director and as an external consultant producing a report for the Inquest on behalf of the community. To read Pamela’s complete biography please click here.

Saturday February 24, 2024

Artificial Intelligence: Its Potential for Women in a Digital World

Experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) will discuss how AI will shape the near future for women.  They will address the perils and possibilities in addition to giving a brief introduction to AI – what it is, how it works and where it lurks.

This session will be chaired by Helen Robb, OC Chair, Education.

Save the Dates!

Please save these dates in your calendars. The three Speakers Series for 2023-24 will be virtual ZOOM meetings and will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

CFUW Ontario Council Standing Committees

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 at the discretion of the Committee Chair. Please check out the Committee pages under Advocacy:


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