Women’s Committee

Women’s Committee

Women’s Committee

The objectives of the Women’s Committee is to mobilize women on equality issues in the workplace and the community.  This committee has sponsored a luncheon on International Women’s Day (March 8th)  The committee has held a silent auction  where the proceeds were donated to “Look Good, Feel Good”  Breast Cancer Research in memory of sister Darlene Quinn (former member of the Committee who passed away in Dec 06)  Darlene also served the membership as the Chairperson of the former Coutts Library unit.  Every December the Committee holds a commemorative breakfast in remembrance of the female students who were killed at Montreal Polytechniqe by a lone gunman.  This is always a moving event where male representatives from the Local each light a candle in remembrance of each woman killed. A guest speaker is also featured, one who regularly has spoken is Sandie Bellows.  She is a local resident who was a victim of kidnap, sexual assault and attempted murder.


Lisa Hansen Irene Lowell Executive Liaison:  Lori Gaboury

For more information about this committee contact the Executive Board Liaison, Lori Gaboury


What is Empowerment?

Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is “Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality”Empowerment is having the necessary tools to make informed choices.  When young girls and women of all ages have the resources and opportunities to succeed, it not only enhances, but enriches the quality of life for all of society.

Tools for Empowerment

  • Having access to education
  • Getting involved in the community
  • Becoming financially independent
  • Understanding your right to live free of violence
  • Knowing how the government works and exercising your democratic rights

Celebrating 100 Years of Voting Rights!

We often take for granted the fact of how fortunate we are to live in a democratic country like Canada where we have the right to vote. This was not always the case for women, achieving this right was a long and tireless struggle. Having the right to vote and run for office is a fundamental aspect of women’s empowerment. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of women winning this right in Canada.  In 1916, Manitoba became the first province to grant women the right to vote in provincial elections.  By 1925 all provinces except Quebec had followed suit.  It wasn’t until 1940 that Quebec granted women the right to vote. Canada is recognizing the significance of this milestone by celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage and reflecting on how this historic event has influenced women’s empowerment and gender equality.

To learn more about women’s suffrage in Canada visit:

Elections Canada – The Evolution of the Federal Franchise Parliament of Canada – Women’s Right to Vote in Canada Library and Archives Canada – Votes for Women Parks Canada – National Council of Women in Canada www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/100-year-history-of-women-s-voting-rights-put-on-display-in-winnipeg-1.3397162

For more information on Empowering Other Women or to share your story go to:

www.liftherup.plancanada.ca www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/index-en.html

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