The CUUWA (Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association) invites all congregations across Canada to celebrate International Women’s Day in a service on one of the Sundays close to March 8, International Women’s Day.

This year, we have compiled a theme package to help congregations and individuals plan their IWD activities. Our theme is It’s Simple: We Need Change Now. You can find a large packet of materials to use in services and programs in March and throughout the years to come at:

International Women’s Day PACKET 2017 It’s Simple We Need Change Now

We hope that, one day, there will be International Women’s Day services in all congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council. We provide outlines for services and other resources for IWD on the CUUWA website under Resources and on our Facebook page, Canadian UU Women’s Association

We would love to hear if/how you have used any of these materials, what your congregation did to recognize IWD, photos from your activities, and service ideas focused on women and/or feminism. Please send them to eldergomes@yahoo.com, and let us know if you give us permission to use them on our website and/or Facebook page.

Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes, Chair, and Reverend Kathy Sage, ret., Ministerial Liaison

Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association

with help from Anneke Elder-Gomes and Caroline Jondahl, CUUWA Council members, and many others. Thank you!

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held Sunday May 28

The meeting will be held by ZOOM, a web platform platform that enables us to see each other and hear each other.

Detail here.

Up For Debate  – THE ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS.

We are an alliance of over 175 women’s organizations and their allies from across Canada, representing more than 4 million people.

upfordebate.ca

May 22 Sunday afternoon at 1:30 in Vancouver.

We are very happy to have Audrey Seigl, an outspoken member of the Musqueam Nation. Her talk is entitled:
“Carrying on the Work of my Ancestors. How to be good Stewards of the Land”. You will find Audrey passionate, eloquent and also an excellent chanter of her nation’s songs and prayers.

More info under ‘Events’ menu.

Premier Brian Gallant is removing a key regulation that has restricted access to abortion services in New Brunswick for two decades.

Gallant made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday morning in Fredericton.

The premier promised in the election campaign to review Regulation 84-20, which requires women seeking a hospital abortion to have two doctors certify it as medically necessary.The review identified barriers to abortion services, according to Gallant.   more here .  . .

CUUWA Council  sent the premier of New Brunswick a letter protesting the shutdown of the Morgentaler clinic. See Issues…Reproductive Justice

The CUUWA Council and Reproductive Justice Committee proposes an updated resolution on Abortion Rights which we are pleased to present to you for approval and support.  We plan to ask the CUC to approve at the AGM in 2015 and would appreciate your support of it in your congregations, and as delegates to the AGM. Please go to Reproductive Justice under the Issues menu item

Ottawa: Apart from electing its first female Premier, Ontarians achieved something else in last Thursday’s provincial election in Ontario. The Ontario legislature will now rank second in the country for its representation of women at a provincial level after electing a historic high of 35.5 percent women.

This percentage is only second to British Columbia which leads the country for women’s representation at just over 36 percent.

See more of this article

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Many thanks to Caroline Jondahl who hosted the CUUWA table in Montreal – inviting people to the teleconference AGM on June 1 and letting them know of the face to face meeting next year in Ottawa.

Rev. Kathy Sage provided a copy of Invisible Influence: Claiming Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s History that  she coauthored, for people to browse. The book can be ordered with this form Invisible Influence- order form 2014

Here’s a confession. I have lived most of my adult life riddled with self-doubt. Sometimes, I felt barely adequate. My inner critic never shut up.

Follow this  link for the rest of the Globe and Mail article